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Re: StarOffice (LibreOffice and OpenOffice) variants

#16 Post by juverax » Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:38 am

Plenty of interesting things to learn about IBM Lotus Symphony in the Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Lotus_Symphony.
Among other things, that it was developed by "IBM China Development Laboratory ... which now develops Apache OpenOffice", and the relationships between StarOffice, Lotus Symphony, OpenOffice and LibreOffice.

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Re: StarOffice (LibreOffice and OpenOffice) variants

#17 Post by webfork » Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:42 pm

juverax wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:38 am
Plenty of interesting things to learn about IBM Lotus Symphony in the Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Lotus_Symphony.
Among other things, that it was developed by "IBM China Development Laboratory ... which now develops Apache OpenOffice", and the relationships between StarOffice, Lotus Symphony, OpenOffice and LibreOffice.
"The code base for the sidebar actually came from IBM's short-lived Lotus Symphony office suite, which was a 2007 fork of OpenOffice that IBM contributed back to OpenOffice in 2012." (source)

The sidebar component added a lot of additional functions, something that has been copied by many other projects, even some of the controls in the latest version of MS Office.  Some of Zoho Office's tools are basically a giant sidebar.  Maybe it came from one of the folks at the IBM China Development Laboratory.

I'd like to be clear that Lotus was once an unmatched brand in office and productivity (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_1-2-3), but the Lotus name is and probably should remain quite dead. (By which I mean don't download and run the Lotus Symphony program as anything other than maybe an archeological exercise.)
Last edited by webfork on Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:22 am, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: (added note about not running Lotus Symphony)

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