Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd May 2007 18:33 UTC, submitted by Nimrita
Oracle and SUN "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. The MacOSX porting history is basically as old as OpenOffice.org itself. Practically from the start there was the plan to have a native version for Mac, however as a first step the community decided to produce an X11 port which - since OOo already had several X11 ports from the start - seemed to be a good way to get a version quickly as temporary solution. As usual the 'temporary solution' tended to be quite long lived."
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RE: What for
by nebakke on Thu 3rd May 2007 23:11 UTC in reply to "What for"
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Potentially to aid in the adoption levels of OpenOffice. If OpenOffice for Mac runs completely natively, adoption of OpenOffice will likely increase.
Greater adoption means more OpenOffice documents out there.
More OpenOffice documents out there will help increase public perception of OpenOffice as a "legitimate" platform.
Lather-Rinse-Repeat all the while OpenOffice grows even bigger and as a result StartOffice follows.

All in all quite in the interest of Sun (and everybody else) as I see it.

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