septiembre 17, 2010 | In: General

Historia de OpenOffice

Como vamos a utilizar OpenOffice durante todo el curso, estaría bien conocer su historia. OpenOffice es una criatura nacida a partir de StarOffice. Aquí tienes algo de historia:


The German company StarDivision in Lüneburg (founded by 16-year-old Marco Börries in 1984) wrote the original components of StarOffice. StarDivision developed the first version of StarWriter for the Zilog Z80 home-computer system, the Amstrad CPC (marketed by Schneider in Germany) under CP/M, and later for the Commodore 64 under Microsoft BASIC, which was later ported to the 8086-based Amstrad PC-1512, running under MS-DOS 3.2. Later the integration of the other individual programs followed as the development progressed to an Office Suite for DOS, IBM’S OS/2 Warp, and for the Microsoft Windows operating-system. From this time onwards StarDivision marketed its suite under the name “StarOffice.”

Until version 4.2, StarDivision based StarOffice on the cross-platform C++ class library StarView. In 1998 StarDivision began offering StarOffice for free.

Sun Microsystems acquired the company, copyright and trademark of StarOffice in 1999 for US$73.5 million. Sun wanted to compete with Microsoft Office, and also wanted to save money on licenses for Microsoft Office and Windows:

The number one reason why Sun bought StarDivision in 1999 was because, at the time, Sun had something approaching forty-two thousand employees. Pretty much every one of them had to have both a Unix workstation and a Windows laptop. And it was cheaper to go buy a company that could make a Solaris and Linux desktop productivity suite than it was to buy forty-two thousand licenses from Microsoft. (Simon Phipps, Sun, LUGradio podcast.)

2 Responses to Historia de OpenOffice



septiembre 17th, 2010 at 11:13 am

Y lo pones en inglés porque…¿? Ah, porque tus alumnos son políglotas. ¡Qué suerte!


David Rico

octubre 11th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Interesante historia de Open Office.
La he traducido, : D .
Por que no entiendo algunas de las palabras del texto.
Un saludo de David Rico de 1 ESO C.

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