Open Source: StarOffice and OpenOffice



  • The Open Source Desktop Productivity Suite


    Max Lanfranconi, Senior Product Manager, OpenOffice, Sun Microsystems
    Josh Berkus, Manager, Marketing Project

    Come learn from the experts why StarOffice and are gaining an enthusiastic following. Participate in both a business and technical discussion of the merits of an Open Source desktop productivity suite. Are they a viable alternative? What is the difference between them? Does it make sense for business? Hear developers Max Lanfranconi and Josh Berkus present the history of OpenOffice and StarOffice and follow with a feature and technical demonstration of the latest release.

    Speaker Profiles

    Max Lanfranconi

    Max Lanfranconi is Senior Product Manager for at Sun Microsystems, responsible for providing technical expertise to the Sun and CollabNet teams as well as the community in building the Open Source office suite. Lanfranconi has held several positions at Sun since joining in 1998, including Senior Systems Engineer and Software Product Marketing Manager in Italy. Before joining Sun, Lanfranconi has been for 10 years with Banca Popolare di Bergamo, where he was involved in several R&D projects inside the IT department of the bank. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science, and master's in business and economics.

    Josh Berkus

    Josh Berkus runs Aglio Database Solutions, an end-user business software consulting company in San Francisco established in 1998. He was recently elected manager of the Marketing Project, which he helped launch. Additionally, Josh is a contributor to the PostgreSQL Project and a SuSE Linux Software Partner.

    Event Logistics


    Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1
    4000 Middlefield Rd
    Palo Alto, CA


    6:30-7:00pm Registration/Networking
    7:00-8:30pm Program


    $10 for non-SDForum Members
    No charge for SDForum members and students with ID
    No registration required