OpenOffice is a Free and Open Source Office Application Suit and a most notable open source alternative to Microsoft Office. Many enterprise as well as home users have started using OpenOffice and the version 3.0 is better than ever. However, one thing that bothers people in OpenOffice is the slower load time. Even though it is packed with features, people tend to complain this slower startup. Good news is, QuickStart makes it load faster and here is why.
Performance Bottleneck in OpenOffice 3.1
OpenOffice has been around for a quite sometime (close to 20 years) and a lot of code base (old and new) may invoke numerous libraries. A OpenOffice wiki claims that OpenOffice processes too much of code while loading and there may be too many libraries that are getting loaded. A combination of Microsoft VisualStudio Debugger and SysInternals (now Microsoft Company) ProcessMonitor, tools give you this amazing insight. These tools can unearth a lot of inside details that are closely related to underlying Operation System.
During Cold Startup of OpenOffice 3.1, more than 80% of the load time goes in File I/O operations making it a slow starter.
But, During Warm Startup of OpenOffice 3.1, only about 20% of the load time goes in File I/O operations making it mostly CPU bound. Also, the load time is drastically reduced.
When Antivirus Real-time Protection is enabled, the load time still increases.
Here is a very nice CPU usage, File I/O operations, Network Operations, memory Operations etc versus Time Graph that gives a very detailed view of what’s happening during load time. These tests are done on Pentium M 1.8GHz with 1GB RAM, Win XP SP3 on Toshiba Laptop with Norton AV. So, test results are subjective.
Cold Startup of OpenOffice 3.1
Antivirus real time protection has a significant impact on Cold Start. Please note the numerous File I/O spikes throughout load time time line.
Warm Startup of OpenOffice 3.1
Antivirus real time protection has a minimal impact on Warm Start. A quicker load time, thanks to less File I/O operations.
The issue of slow Cold Startup has been an issue with OpenOffice and Here is a history of Load Time of OpenOffice right from version1.1.5 till release 3.0 (Courtesy OOONinja). Load time has been increasing steadily but at the same time, we should note that OpenOffice gets many additional features and may contribute to more heavy startup time.
Whatever may be the Load Time, We still love OpenOffice Do You? Please watch out for more OpenOffice related articles only on Open-Tube.
Source: OpenOffice Wiki