StarOffice not Open Source - So what?
I was pleased to hear that Sun Microsystems is now providing a product (StarOffice) that meets the needs of many non-commercial Linux user for free.
If the Linux / Open Source zealots keep demanding that commercial software be made open source "or they will re-write it themselves as an open source product", then they are endangering the possibility that other commercial software will be ported to (or specifically written for) Linux. The vast majority of Linux users will never want to hack word processor and spread sheet source code.
I would imagine that Sun, by placing redistribution restrictions on StarOffice, is preparing to produce a Sun specific distribution of Linux. Is this so wrong? Everyone else seems to be jumping on the Linux distribution bandwagon and in many cases with far fewer contributions to Linux.
If you want Linux to succeed against a commercial OS you should be encouraging software authors to port their products from the commercial OS to Linux not hunting them down with elephant guns because they have the audacity to withhold their (valuable) source code.