Semi-open-source > closed-source
All I have to say in this regard is that even though Sun has made available the source code for StarOffice under its own terms and conditions (internal use, no distributions etc), these are certainly better than the terms offered by Stardivision prior to this. Those terms were, for those who've forgotten, closed-source binary-only distribution. I think KOffice and other such open-source suites being coded by the Linux community can use some help from the semi-open-source of StarOffice. Think of this as a little cheat sheet which can be used to determine how to work around a particular problem or how to implement a particular feature or just to see how others solved a similar problem. The next logical step for Sun is to make StarOffice completely open source, but until that time, I'm happy with this development.