StarOffice, Linux Fly High on Singapore Airlines

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-05-30 Print this article Print

Singapore Airlines is offering access to Sun's StarOffice 8 office productivity suite free of charge to passengers on its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Singapore Airlines is offering access to Suns StarOffice 8 office productivity suite free of charge to passengers on its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. StarOffice, Suns proprietary version of, runs on the aircrafts Linux server and is accessed via a seat-back terminal at each passengers seat, according to Sun. Thanks to new USB ports embedded in the armrest of each chair (near the headphone jack), passengers now can use a USB key (aka thumb drive)—or other portable drive—to access their documents, spreadsheets and presentation files from software running on the planes Linux server. StarOffice 8 supports both Open Document Format and Microsoft Office formats, and can export files to PDF format. Thus, passengers wont need to use their laptops if they are doing work on Word documents, spreadsheets and presentation-type files—all they need to do is carry the documents with them on a USB key or other USB storage device, such as an MP3 player.
"With heightened security, access to laptops during flights can sometimes be restricted," said Wong Heng Chew, managing director at Suns Singapore division. "The availability of StarOffice ... offers Singapore Airlines customers the opportunity to work on and access their information in an open, secure and freely available fashion independent of any vendor or file formats during their flights."
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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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