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When eWEEK Labs recently reviewed StarOffice 8, we were impressed by its broad platform support and low cost-two measures by which the Sun Microsystems Inc. office productivity suite edges out Microsoft Corp.'s market-leading Office 2003 but falls short compared with its open-source sibling, 2.0. is freely available and redistributable, and supports seven platforms: Windows, Linux x86 and PowerPC, Solaris x86 and SPARC, Mac OS X and FreeBSD. StarOffice 8, in contrast, costs between $35 and $100, and supports only Windows, Linux x86, and Solaris x86 and SPARC.

eWEEK Labs' tests of 2.0 show that it is an excellent office productivity suite option, particularly in the case of Linux distributions, which typically come bundled with a well-integrated version of the suite.

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