README for StarOffice 3.1 for Linux, Beta 4, 04/04/97 ===================================================== NEWSFLASH: - statically vs. Motif linked binaries included - you need at least libc.5.4.4 or newer. Please read the following documentation carefully! Star Division's Unix Group is proud to announce the availability of the fourth beta release of StarOffice 3.1 for Linux. Please note ----------- You can find the installation instructions at the end of this file. But, please, take the time to read the whole document. To get the latest information about StarOffice, new beta releases, hints on using StarOffice and general availability information, please send an email with the subject "Linux" to: email@example.com If you have used the first beta of StarOffice 3.1 for Linux, please see the sections "What is new in beta 4?". What is StarOffice 3.1 for Linux? --------------------------------- Star Office 3.1 is a suite of office productivity applications containing StarWriter 3.1 (word processor), StarCalc 3.1 (spreadsheet), StarDraw 3.1 (graphics and presentation package), StarImage 3.1 (image manipulation) StarChart 3.1 (bar-, pie- and other charts) and StarMath 3.1 (formula design). StarOffice 3.1 makes heavy use of common code in shared libraries, therefore using relatively few resources for the level of functionality. How do I access it? ------------------- You should be able to obtain StarOffice 3.1 from the same source you got this file. StarOffice 3.1 for Linux can be downloaded from ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/staroffice/ or mirror sites. Who is Star Division GmbH? -------------------------- Star Division, founded in 1985, is a German software development company located in Hamburg, Germany. Star Division produces StarOffice for several platforms (MS-Windows 3.x, MS-Windows 95, OS/2, Apple Macintosh, various Unix variants such as Solaris, Sinix and Linux). You can find more information about us on our web server at http://www.stardivision.com/. Is this a stable version? ------------------------- No, not completely :-( That's why we called it "beta". By sending in bug reports, you can help to make it more stable! There is no warranty at all, neither expressed nor implied. To repeat, there is no warranty for this beta version of StarOffice 3.1 for Linux. So if it crashes your hard disk (which is unlikely), you cannot sue us. You can be mad at us (or better: you can send us your bug report), but you cannot sue us for defects in the software. If you do not agree with this, you are not allowed to use StarOffice 3.1 for Linux and must delete any parts of it on your hard disk. So, please, do not start to write your master's thesis with StarWriter 3.1 before you have tested if it does what you need! We will try to fix all reported bugs and will continue to make better versions available as time permits. How is StarOffice 3.1 licensed? ------------------------------- This is not free software! It is not under the GPL, a Berkeley-style license or any other freeware license. Please do not ask us to make the sources available. As much as we would personally like to (e.g. in order not to have to fix all the bugs ourselves :-) ), we can't! The whole StarOffice 3.1 package is copyrighted by STAR DIVISION Software-Entwicklung und Vertriebs GmbH, Hamburg, Germany. This beta version will disable itself on September 1st, 1997. You will see a warning message on standard error everytime you start a StarOffice 3.1 application as of August 1st, 1997. By that time, we will have made available a newer, hopefully enhanced, version. This version is and the final version will be free of charge for non-commercial use. You have to buy a license for commercial use. What can you do with StarOffice 3.1 for Linux? ============================================== A lot of things! You may freely distribute this beta version and even produce CDs from it as long as this file is always included with the distribution and you give us credit. If you announce the inclusion of the beta version of StarOffice 3.1 for Linux on the cover of your CD (or elsewhere), you must clearly indicate that this is a beta version. When asked, you must point people to the places on the Internet where StarOffice 3.1 for Linux can be found or to our WWW server. Which languages are supported? What documentation is available? --------------------------------------------------------------- StarOffice is a German product, which means that all texts such as menu entries, manuals and online help are first written in German. The translation works of on-screen resources should be nearly completed by now. We provide German and English resources. For this beta, french, italian and spanisch resources have been added. In further beta versions we will probably make available Dutch and other resources as well. Online help is currently only available in German. There are manuals in Adobe PDF-format in German, which you will find in the root directory of your StarOffice installation. You can read these with Derek Noonburg's xpdf which you can download from http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/usr/dn0o/xpdf/xpdf.html. We will provide at least a shortened version of an English manual (in PDF-format) as soon as possible. This will be announced via our web site http://www.stardivision.com/ and comp.os.linux.announce. You can set the language of the menus and dialog boxes like you do with most Unix/Linux programs: Just set the LANG environment variable. What do I need to run StarOffice 3.1? On which configurations does it run? --------------------------------------------------------------------- The first question is simpler to answer than the second. In any case, you need an ELF system. We cannot and will not make available an a.out version. Of course, you need X11 running. We decided to link StarOffice against a newer version of libc. The consequence is, that you need at least libc.5.4.4 or newer. We got a lot of requests for statically versus Motif linked binaries. This time we do provide them, so owning Motif is no longer a prerequisite for using StarOffice. Please note, that the statically linked binaries are bigger and need more RAM. You will experience a performance hit, if you use them. Of course, dynamically linked binaries are also available, for use with Motif 2.0 shared libraries. We cannot name all the configurations StarOffice 3.1 for Linux will run on as there are probably as many different Linux installations as there are Linux users. We run it here for example on a Pentium 100, running a somewhat modified Caldera Open Linux distribution with 2.0.25 kernel, a 5.4.4 libc.so, and XFree86 3.2. Many other configurations will surely work as well. What is new in beta 4? ---------------------- - The often requested statically vs. Motif linked binaries are added - Lots of bugs have been fixed - English language demo documents and templates (a few at least) - The LANG environment variable now determines the defaults for papersize and measurement units. Saying 'export LANG=us' if you use sh/bash or 'setenv LANG us' for csh/tcsh will get you letter size and inches as defaults How can I get help, report bugs, etc.? -------------------------------------- There is a newsgroup at our NNTP-server which is dedicated to questions and answers about StarOffice for Unix. The URL is: news://starnews.stardivision.com/beta.staroffice.linux.english or news://starnews.stardivision.com/beta.staroffice.linux.german The newsgroup is meant for general discussions, problems, configuration issues, etc. Please do not post bug reports to the newsgroup (see below). We will not respond individually to postings (sorry, we simply do not have the capacity to do that), but will read everything and post a FAQ or answer to some questions as time permits. In order to report bugs or make suggestions for new features, different handling, etc., please use the mail address firstname.lastname@example.org In addition, you can register your mail address at email@example.com in order to always get the latest information about StarOffice 3.1 for Linux by email. This way of online support is still in its experimental stages here, so please feel free to send us your suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Installation ------------ The setup procedure has changed a bit since the last beta, mainly because two sets of binaries and two sets of demo documents/templates didn't fit very well in our previous setup scheme. Until we come up with a new setup scheme we'll simply pack everything into several tar archives. StarOffice 3.1 beta4 consists of six huge archives, but don't worry, you do not need all of them. Here's a list of the archives and what they contain. 1) StarOffice31b4-common.tar.gz (15.2 MB) This archive contains all the shared libraries, resources, fonts and other files which are required for a proper operation of StarOffice. Get this one. 2) StarOffice31b4-english.tar.gz (1.8 MB) English language demo documents and templates. Get this one if you don't speak German :-) 3) StarOffice31b4-german.tar.gz (11.0 MB) German language demo documents and templates. 4) StarOffice31b4-dynbin (3.9 MB) Dynamically vs. Motif linked binaries. Get this archive if you own a copy of Motif 2.0 for Linux. 5) StarOffice31b4-statbin (8.9 MB) Statically vs. Motif linked binaries. Get this one if you don't have Motif on your system. 6) StarOffice31b4-doc-german.tar.gz (11.0 MB) German language manuals in pdf format. Useful, if you understand German but not required for operation of StarOffice. You'll need at least the StarOffice31b4-common archive, one of StarOffice31b4-english or StarOffice31b4-german and one of the archives with the binaries. Please do not try to install the content of both language dependent tar-files. Untar all the choosen archives in one directory. This should not be your home directory but a system wide accessable directory like /opt or /usr/local. StarOffice will be installed in a subdirectory called StarOffice-3.1. Each user who whishes to work with StarOffice-3.1 has to execute the 'setup' script which is located in the main StarOffice directory. Choose the first installation option called 'User Installation'. This will install all the necessary symlinks in your home directory. Please note that there are some more documentation files. Please read these to find out about font installation, sound and database and other issues. You will be given more information during the installation process as well. Remember: Each user has to run the installation program for himself! We hope that you like this beta version of StarOffice 3.1 for Linux and that it is useful for you. Please feel free to make use of the communication facilities described above; we can only fix bugs or help with problems that we know about. We will try to make changes to other versions available on the Linux platform as soon as possible. We, the developers of the Linux version, are Linux enthusiasts like you. It's just that we pay our rent by developing and selling software for other platforms... This may change, though, if there is enough commercial interest in the Linux version. But please, do not flood our marketing department with emails or phone calls that you would buy it. They get a lot of these already. Try this beta version, try the others that are to come, try the final version. Then buy :-) Post to the newsgroups if you like it, and inform us about what you do not like. There might be a way for us to fix it (though we certainly cannot make any promises). Your Star Division Unix Group CREDITS ======= StarOffice was developed by Star Division GmbH in several groups (StarView, StarWriter, StarCalc, StarDraw). It was ported to Linux by the Star Division Unix Group: Matthias Kalle Dalheimer Sven Dombrowsky Eduard Gode Michael Matthias Kern Philipp Lohmann Wilfried Pohl Jens-Heiner Rechtien Special thanks go to: Marco Boerries, our CEO (for recognizing the importance of Linux) Sebastian Hetze (for giving Kalle the opportunity to talk about porting StarOffice to Linux at the 3rd International Linux Conference in Berlin) Dirk Hohndel and H.J. Lu (for helping with various technical and administrative problems) Astrid Huette (for helping with spreading the word about StarOffice for Linux) our quality assurance department and, of course, Linus Torvalds and all the others for giving us such a great operating system to port to. Additional thanks to the many people taking part in the process of tea and coffee production. We'd never have made it without you !