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StarOffice isn't awful, but I threw it on the one bloated Windows box we have left and it's decided to take over the world. MS Office is still on there, but unless you specifically open it first, any document you attempt to open goes to SO as a default and there's no way to change it. It's also changed the icons for every old Windows doc to the SO icon whether or not the doc's ever been opened in SO. OpenOffice definitely gets my vote. It's not Borg-ish like Star (is SO competeing with MS by attempting to out-Borg them?). At least by the time we got Linux loaded up on this computer, I had enough knowledge to not let SO touch this one with a 40-foot pole.
I don't think that with an up-to-date computer the size of a program really matters, nor the resources it takes as there should be plenty. OO.o just has anything someone who's migrating from MS needs. (Including the functionality of opening their files and saving into that fileformat)
I have Ubuntu at home, and XP at work, but in both places use OOo. It's sometimes slower, the 2.0. beta halts, but recover nicely. I had for 5 years MS Office, and moving from MS Office to OOo was quite easy, and handy, not only that resemble the windows and commands, but also because it's FREEEEEEE, and most of all, exports everything in Adobe, so now, I have friends who call me for making .pdf files, thinking that I have it. It's impossible not to recognize the superiority of MS, but think about something: maybe 100.000 peoples are working to improve something, which may became the new standard, like .odt, .ods.... Maybe, in future will have .odt from MS.