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OpenOffice vs. StarOffice for cost, bilingual use

If I consider OpenOffice vs. Staroffice for a small non-profit organization that will assist the development of schools in South America, and I am most concerned about cost, what would you suggest? What is the main difference between the two? Which one is more efficient in a bilingual mode: English-Spanish?

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File format opening capabilities, clip art, support and the Adabas database are the key things StarOffice has that doesn't. Sun gives StarOffice away or sells it very cheaply to educational institutions, so either way is pretty good. However, unless you really need to open a wide variety of different file formats, should be absolutely fine and is of course absolutely free. Go ahead and download ( or and I'm pretty sure it'll be fine. I haven't used the Spanish version but the Norwegian one is great and I assume the Spanish one is, too.

This was first published in November 2003

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