Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2007 22:12 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Even more Haiku news today. Oliver Ruiz Dorantes, who will be monitoring GSoC student Salvatore Benedetto coming summer, has started work on what will become an office suite for Haiku. His blog already shows the first screenshots of the project. He is seeking for help on the project, so if you have the experience, feel free t help him out. Also, a new batch of icons has been added to Haiku.
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Couldn't he take OpenOffice and modify it ...
by Sabon on Tue 17th Apr 2007 23:58 UTC
Sabon
Member since:
2005-07-06

Couldn't he take OpenOffice and modify it to fit in with BeOS? It seems like that would be a lot less work. Maybe he could talk to the people at NeoOffice about how they take OpenOffice and convert it to run as a Mac OS X Java app that looks like a Mac program.

I can understand if he just wants to start from scratch. But this could take a couple of years to have a decent office suite or even just a decent Word Processor (as compared to a text editor).

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galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

Could he? Maybe, but it certainly wouldn't be less work. I have not personally worked on Open Office code but I have laid eyes on some of it and until you do it is impossible to fathom just how fricken LARGE it is. Its huge. 400MB of source code consisting of more than 30,000 individual source files and 9,000,000 line of code.

I can tell you with some certainty that a port of OO to BeOS would be MANY orders of magnitude more complex than creating a basic but functional Word Processor/Spreadsheet from scratch. That probably wont stop some people from trying, but the shear magnitude of the task will likely scare off the vast majority of developers.

Anyway, BeOS is known and loved for being small, fast, svelt, etc., generally the opposite of OO... I dont think OO is a good fit at all.

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Tyr. Member since:
2005-07-06

Could he? Maybe, but it certainly wouldn't be less work. I have not personally worked on Open Office code but I have laid eyes on some of it and until you do it is impossible to fathom just how fricken LARGE it is. Its huge. 400MB of source code consisting of more than 30,000 individual source files and 9,000,000 line of code.


A better bet would be something like abiword which had a port that was abandoned IIRC. That way a lot of the grunt work would be done.

Personally I think Haiku developers should be focussing on stuff people are going to need directly after R1 is released : up to date & stable firefox port, decent mail client, instant messenger, samba, itunes-like mp3 player. Especially the firefox port would need to be top-notch : promote that along with Google docs & spreadsheet.

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vasper Member since:
2005-07-22

Haiku needs native programs more than ports. Ports are only useful until a viable native solution comes. There is already AbiWord 1.0 and Sumit running on BeOS. True they are old versions, but they do the basic job until a native app comes. Now if only a browser can be completed too. Firefox is great, but Haiku should also have a good native browser.

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plfiorini Member since:
2005-06-30

I saw many projects for a Web browser.
Actually (since Qt developers are doing so and their API seems like the BeOS/Haiku one) WebCore seems a good thing in order to make a native Browser.

As for AbiWord and Sum-it, I think that they can be used to create both a Word Processor and a Spreadsheet for Haiku.

Before working on a WP and a Spreadsheet it would be better to create some new widgets used for these applications.

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