A Hands-On Review of the Open Source OpenOffice - page 3
Building from the Source
Our look at the Day One incarnation of Open Office is, of necessity, superficial. StarOffice has become an open source project, which means even if Sun is still heavily involved in its management, there's plenty of potential for change from what we got to see today.
Most importantly, the project will be made to work with the GNOME project's Bonobo component model, which means that much of the existing object embedding and file linking present will likely undergo severe change. In addition, the interface will be undergoing profound change as it's converted to something that integrates more tidily with the GNOME desktop environment.
Even though these big changes are coming, and the download/build of the source package is daunting for those with little time or bandwidth, the binaries are worth examining if for no other reason than to remember what the software looked like on its first day as an Open Source project.