Perhaps Granny is right. I too have been using softmaker for years. I last paid $35 on July 14, 2009 for
1 ofl08cu Upgrade auf SoftMaker Office 2008 für Linux
But when softmaker 2010 came out in April of 2010, I got the following message from softmaker:
As a purchaser of SoftMaker Office 2008 for Linux, you are entitled to a free upgrade to SoftMaker Office 2010 for Linux. This e-mail gives you the download address and your personal serial number.
Perhaps I have been paying $35 every other year or so. I don't recall. I know its cheap and quite a lot faster than open office 3. Some stuff requires open office, best I can tell, so I use both on occasion....in those relatively rare instances when I can't get it done on google docs.