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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tonestone57
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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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tonestone57 Member since:
2005-12-31

I'll also add that; Abiword & Sum-It, for Haiku, could be completed in about 6 months time. They definately could be ready in that timeframe.

OpenOffice is a bad choice, because:
1. Source code is 400MB ( lots & lots of code to work with )
2. Uses lots of Xwindows stuff that has to be rewritten.
3. And the java stuff too.

OpenOffice is almost as tough as creating an OS with the amount of code it has.

Porting it over to Mac OS was easier because, if I'm not mistaken, Mac OS X uses BSD type ( compatible ) kernel & Xwindow system ( ie: OS X is similar / close to BSD; So easier to get OO on it ).

Haiku has posix compliance, but the Xwindow ( and Java? - maybe have Java for Haiku by then? ) code would have to be rewritten. Not easy to do.

The easiest stuff to port to Haiku ( or BeOS ) is applications / programs that are posix compliant and either use console or SDL ( ie: Xwindow stuff needs lots more work to do - code has to be rewritten ).

Edited 2007-04-18 01:49

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helf Member since:
2005-07-06

Theres X11 for BeOS and OSX... but no, OSX doesnt use X by default... at least not from waht I know...

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aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

i don't think it really matters what you think HIS time is best spent on. He's donating his time to what he thinks will be best. Abiword + Sum-it isn't that.

Need you guys be so critical of what he's doing? He wants to do what he thinks would be a good word processor for Haiku. This isn't zeta, this isn't BeOS anymore. This is Haiku. Let Haiku have it's own.

If you think firefox is more important, you work on firefox, you work on samba or whatever else you think is more important. Leave this guy alone.

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Tyr. Member since:
2005-07-06

i don't think it really matters what you think HIS time is best spent on. He's donating his time to what he thinks will be best. Abiword + Sum-it isn't that.

Need you guys be so critical of what he's doing? He wants to do what he thinks would be a good word processor for Haiku. This isn't zeta, this isn't BeOS anymore. This is Haiku. Let Haiku have it's own.


I thought the whole idea of a comments section was to comment, analyse, speculate on and critique the news ;-)

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