Good questions both.
Why am I using StarOffice?
I began using StarOffice instead of OpenOffice years ago, because of the "working" graphic preview function. At that time, I was dealing with a large number of graphics and needed the preview function.
Why did I not just download OpenOffice with "getopenoffice?"
This one is simple. If I had not "happened" across the installer, I would never have known to use it. As it was, if I had not been around Linux for years, i would not have guessed to run it in a "root terminal." You really need to put that as a link the the "Office" section of the Menu so those unfamiliar with Linux will know to click and download. As it is, it looks, if one only looks at the respositories, that PCLinuxOS does not support OpenOffice.
Why/how did I remove StarOffice in Synaptic?
From what little I know, Synaptic reads what is installed on your machine (I assume from a file/log) and is displayed as being installed. All I did was click on those StarOffice apps and select "Complete Removal".
Now, where is the file Synaptic reads? I think that is what StarOffice install is reading. Now that I think abouit it.