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The German software company Star Division (also written Star-Division) was founded in 1985 by the 16-year-old Marco Börries in Lüneburg as a garage company.[1] After a neighbour denounced the operation of a business in a residential area to the Ordnungsamt, the company moved to Hamburg.[1]

Star Division
Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung
IndustryComputer software
FateAcquired by Sun Microsystems
Founded1985; 34 years ago (1985) in Lüneburg, Germany
FounderMarco Börries
Headquarters,
Germany
ProductsStarOffice
Number of employees
170 (1997)

As its first product the company distributed StarWriter, a word processor application developed by friends.[2]

Positioned as a cheaper alternative to Microsoft's office suite, StarWriter later became StarOffice, for which the company became famous.[1] The software had sales of over 25 million worldwide, and at its peak it had a market share among other office suites of about 25% in Germany.[1]

Caldera, Inc. supported the Linux port of StarOffice 3.1 with ca. 800.000 DM in order to offer the product with their forthcoming OpenLinux distribution in 1997.[3][4][5][6]

In 1998 Börries released StarOffice free of charge for private use.[7]

Star Division was acquired by the software and hardware vendor Sun Microsystems on 5 August 1999 for a higher double-digit million amount in US dollars.[8][nb 1] Sun reintroduced the software as StarOffice 5.1a, and for the first time also free of charge for commercial use.

The StarOffice suite has since been further developed by Sun Microsystems and the OpenOffice and LibreOffice communities.

Sun Microsystems became a wholly owned subsidiary of Oracle Corporation on 27 January 2010.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The exact amount is unclear. Many sources state a purchase price of more than 70 million US dollars, f.e. Neue Eigentümer bei Star Finanz (2001-01-26). [1] Other sources cite 59.5 million USD, f.e. Star-Division-Gründer Marco Börries verlässt Sun Microsystems (2001-01-18) [2].

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Schäfer, Ulrich (1997-01-13). "Die neue Gründerzeit". Der Spiegel (in German). 1997 (3). Archived from the original on 2018-05-31. Retrieved 2018-05-31. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ Vermes, Timur (1999). "Operation Nulltarif. Zwei deutsche Hersteller attackieren die Office-Preise". c't - magazin für computertechnik (in German). 1999 (3): 112–114. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ Brors, Dieter (1997-02-20). "Caldera OpenLinux und StarOffice im Bundle" (in German). Heise online. Archived from the original on 2018-08-08. Retrieved 2018-08-08. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ "Produkt-Telegramme: Star Office 3.1 für Linux portiert". Computerwoche (in German). 1997-05-16. Archived from the original on 2018-08-08. Retrieved 2018-08-08. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ Strobl, Rudolf (2003). "Der Gründer über Gestern, Heute und Linux". Linux Magazin (in German) (1). Archived from the original on 2018-08-08. Retrieved 2018-08-08. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help) [3]
  6. ^ Bantle, Ulrich (2017). "Linux-Distributionen und frühe Protagonisten aus Deutschland". Linux Magazin (in German) (10). Archived from the original on 2018-08-05. Retrieved 2018-08-05. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help) [4] [5]
  7. ^ Dworschak, Manfred (1998-11-23). "Kalkulierter Selbstmord". Der Spiegel (in German). 1998 (48). Archived from the original on 2017-11-12. Retrieved 2018-05-31. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ Kerbusk, Klaus-Peter (1999). "Brücke in die neue Welt". Der Spiegel (in German). 1999-09-06 (36). Archived from the original on 2016-03-06. Retrieved 2018-05-31. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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