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Sun to help port OpenOffice.org to Mac

updated 12:50 pm EDT, Thu May 3, 2007

Sun, OpenOffice.org on Mac

A Sun Microsystems developer has revealed via a blog post that Sun will help port Open Office to Mac OS X. "I'm excited to let you all know that as of now Sun engineering will add its support to the ongoing Mac/Aqua porting effort," wrote Sun developer Philipp Lohmann. "You can imagine my excitement when I first heard about renewed efforts to make an Aqua port reality. And now finally I can spend my paid time to add to this great effort." Lohmann notes that there was a plan to offer a native version of Open Office for Mac practically from the start, but adds that the community decided to produce an X11 port as a first step. The blogger says Sun is joining the Mac porting project because Apple has a significant market share in the desktop space, and the company's notebooks are appearing more and more at various locations such as conferences and airport lounges.

"At first Herbert Dürr and I will contribute to the Mac port, however there certainly will be other Sun developers involved in their areas of expertise when the need arises (e.g. when problems with the build system arise)."

Lohmann says the first step for he and his colleague is to get an overview about the current state of the work on Open Office for Mac OS X, and predicts that event handling as well as painting will likely be their first objective. Lohmann brings roughly 10 years of experience with vcl to the porting effort, while Dürr specializes in Text drawing via SalLayout implementations.




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  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    finally !

    I've told the OpenOffice.org team over and over again that the Mac may not have the share of Windows but it is in important areas of the enterprise graphics, education, media creation, as well as a rapidly growing share of the home user market. Apple users are some of the most frequent people to donate to open source software projects. I would definitely buy StarOffice for the Mac and many other will too. There is a reason why Microsoft and Adobe still make software for Macs - they make good money off them and not having a native OpenOffice.org will get a lot more contracts as many businesses need the Mac compatibility. Just don't do a WordPerfect style port - make the GUI conform to Apple HIG and have it come out at the same time as all other releases and continue your commitment for many years. Also, don't forget to advertise it. Most Windows users are very cheap - they only use what comes with their computers for free and very few buy any other software other than games.

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    about time!

    sheesh!

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Logic

    If Sun wants to license the next osX for there hardware they need a Mac version for OpenOffice.

  1. PaulDid

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Already done - NeoOffice

    Someone is working on this. It is called NeoOffice. see their website at http://www.neooffice.org/ What Sun should do is joint this other project and help contribute to it since so much work has already been done.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    neooffice

    NeoOffice is missing some features of OpenOffice, though it is a nice version integrating the OS X experience. If I'm not mistaken, NeoOffice is built primarily on Java, no?

    I think the drive behind the native OpenOffice port is to provide the full suite without the overhead and dependence on Java, or X11, writing specifically to utilize the Apple libraries directly. No middleman (if you will).

    While I applaud the fine effort of the NeoOffice team, I eagerly anticipate the arrival of a fully native OS X OpenOffice suite.

  1. Tins

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    finally!!!!

    That X11 c*** is just that, c***. It's about time they got with the program on this. How horrendous is it to open that wannabe windoze c*** gobbling up resources?

    Leopard, CS3, Firefox 3, Thunderbird 2, and now a native Mac OpenOffice? These are good times for those who have seen the light. Every time I turn around I see another faithful picking up a rock to throw at the windows. Aim for the dancing monkey boy!

  1. bstone

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    NeoOffice

    A day late and a dolloar short: www.neooffice.org

  1. discotronic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    NeoOffice

    I use it and have been using it for some time now. However, it is very slow even on my Mac Pro. I hated using it on my old G5 1.8GHz. If OpenOffice makes it look good and work as well as the Windows and Linux version I am there. Nothing against the guys working on NeoOffice but it is just too slow.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    NeoOffice

    Dear Sun Microsystems.

    Please send some quality beer to those involved in doing most of the legwork for you already at the NeoOffice.org offices.

    Regards, NeoOffice.org user.

  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Promises…

    Uh, just to note, Sun promised something like this before, about five years ago when OSX was in its infancy and they were still developing StarOffice. So don't hold your breath.

    That said, someone was working on an Aqua port, and was planning to show something at WWDC - I hope this announcement doesn't lead to duplicated effort.

    With regard to NeoOffice - its pretty much unusable, running in Java. A nice effort, but really not worth it.

    The X11 version for MacOS X is a bit clunky interface-wise, and takes some getting used to, but it does run a decent speed. When you consider that the alternative is Microsucks Office, you find that you can put up with the X11 shortcomings pretty easily.

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