E-Week’s review of Star Office (eWEEK Labs Review – StarOffice) is generally right, but misses one point that makes it impossible for me to use OpenOffice as my normal word processor. It’s next to impossible to do a merge to email in OpenOffice. Allegedly, this can work if one installs several proprietary Sun Java packages. So far, it has not worked. I invested several hours in this, then gave up, went back to Word, and got done what I needed to do in about two minutes.
There has to be more to it than “It’s an alternative to Microsoft and almost as good.”