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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RE[2]: Why not
by tonestone57 on Wed 18th Apr 2007 15:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Why not"
tonestone57
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2005-12-31

Don't get me wrong. I'd love to see Haiku "native" software & drivers. I'm sure everybody wants this.

A Haiku office suite, web browser, drivers, etc., would be great. But, the reality is, how long before Haiku Office is as good as Abiword or is even released for use? Maybe 2 or more years?

What about web browser that is close to functionality as Firefox? When will that be done? Or native wifi drivers? Or ...., etc.

Using ports is the best way to get the OS fully functional in the shortest time. So, when R1 comes out we can have up to date ports & a fully working OS which will attract more end users. Example: Zeta used ndis wrapper (window wifi drivers), Cups (Unix Printer Support) & BeSane (Unix Scanner Support). If they decided to go for native instead then how long before most users got support for their printer, scanner & wifi cards???? Answer, many years. And, would anyone have even bothered with Zeta without these ports?

I'd rather have an OS with most things working right now ( through ports ) than one where I'm waiting, waiting and waiting for the native solution to appear some years down the road.

Ports are the fastest way to get things going and afterwards they can be replaced with native solutions once available.

As for the Haiku native office suite. It'll be great to have when it's done, but in the meantime users will have to use either older Abiword 1.0 "port" or purchase Gobe Office ( made for BeOS ) - luckily we have these 2 options available to us. So, I suggested Abiword 2.4 because it is about 85% ported to BeOS & could be finished before R1 gets released so users have a more modern word processor to use with Haiku until a native one is done. Same thing goes for web browser. Use Firefox until a comparable native replacement is made., etc., etc.

Ports are the better solution until as good as or better native solutions come along!

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