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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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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tonestone57 Member since:
2005-12-31

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.

Zeta team was working on Abiword 2.4.x, though it never was completed. I believe it is around 85% done. ( I was able to compile it on BeOS & Zeta, but needs more work ).

Abiword is around 130MB for the source vs OpenOffice which is 400MB. In my opinion, Abiword is the best choice for word processor & should be easier to get working on Haiku ( or BeOS ).

Abiword Source For Haiku / Zeta ( svn )
http://dev.osdrawer.net/scm/?group_id=15

Next, for spreadsheet. There is Sum-It which is fairly good, but would need to be updated & bug fixed.

http://sum-it.sourceforge.net/

That gets things started with very good word processor & spreadsheet programs.

Doing an office suite from scratch is lots of work and will require lots of time to do. I think it better to focus instead on Abiword & Sum-It which can get done faster & will work well too.

Edited 2007-04-18 01:34

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aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

Yeah that's what Haiku needs for R1...an iTunes like MP3 player...

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