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The hysteria on StarOffice…

Various sources are reporting Sun’s plans to begin charging for StarOffice. Sun, meanwhile, is mum on the subject.
Nowhere has anyone reported that Sun, by the strictest definition of the word, already charges for StarOffice. You can buy it at retail. It’s fairly cheap, but we’re not talking five bucks. I’ve seen a retail-boxed StarOffice 5.2, with Sun’s logo on it, at Circuit City within the past year. Price was about 40 bucks, as I recall.

Sun is mum on the subject. It could be that Sun plans to charge $100 for it and take away the free download. Or it could be that 6.0 will cost $40 at retail but remain downloadable for free on the Web. It’s anybody’s guess, precisely because Sun hasn’t said anything yet.

It’s non-news until Sun announces a shift from current policy. But this isn’t the first time non-news has garnered attention and it won’t be the last.

One more thing. On a completely unrelated note… This picture really scares me.

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5 thoughts on “The hysteria on StarOffice…”

  1. b.g :"So Sting…"
    bono: "It’s Bono"
    b.g. ""oh sorry…did you see my cameo on Frazier?"
    bono:"no sorry, I though we were here to do something for the children…"
    bg:"like give them discounts on Windows XP?"
    bono: Looks off camera at an assistant and winks
    (off camera)"Mr. Bono, a Mr. Jobs said he is running late for his 2:30, but you like to discuss this in the conference room"
    Bono:"Nice to meet you Bill, gotta run."

  2. B.G.: "I’m trying to take over the world with my bloated, overpriced software that I force people to use…"

    Bono: "Well, I’m trying to take over the world by using my music to ram my liberal agenda down people’s throats."

    B.G.: "Betcha five bucks I do it first."

    Bono: "You’re on."

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