DISA inks deal for switch to StarOffice

DISA inks deal for switch to StarOffice

By Mark A. Kellner

Special to GCN


JUNE 27—The Defense Information Systems Agency's new 25,000-seat license for Sun Microsystems Inc.'s StarOffice won't affect Defense Department use of the more popular Microsoft Office, a DISA spokeswoman said.

When the deal was announced yesterday, a Sun executive hailed it as the first shot in a battle for federal PC desktops.

But the DISA spokeswoman demurred: 'The decision will have no effect on other DOD use of Microsoft Corp. or Lotus Development Corp. office suite products. There are no plans for [StarOffice's] use on Windows clients within DISA or other DOD units.'

StarOffice will replace Applixware Office, a suite now known as Anyware Office, from Applix Inc. of Westboro, Mass. StarOffice 5.2 will be installed on more than 10,000 Unix workstations at 600 DOD organizations worldwide.

'We evaluated StarOffice as best satisfying our requirement to operate an open office productivity suite globally on multiple platforms,' including Linux, Solaris and Windows, said Lt. Col. William C. Hoppe, chief engineer of DISA's Global Command and Control System.

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