running soffice from the command line gives
[zach@notapowerbook ~]$ /opt/openoffice/program/soffice (process:2756): Gdk-WARNING **: locale not supported by C library (soffice.bin:2756): Gtk-WARNING **: Locale not supported by C library. Using the fallback 'C' locale.
from the gnome-menu, it shows an error dialod that oo cannot start.
either way, i cannot get the program to load.
i do have j2re installed
Did you uncomment your locale in /etc/locale.gen and run locale-gen?
(Yeah, locale-gen should autodetect the LOCALE setting in rc.conf, but it doesn't.)