Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Nov 2005 18:35 UTC, submitted by Frank Suhn
Zeta "An operating system without an office suite is limited in its mass market appeal, making this a fairly serious issue. When yellowTAB decided to update ZETA's compiler, much thought was given to this problem in particular, and finally an answer made itself clear."
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RE: Doesn't fit.
by Francis on Thu 17th Nov 2005 18:10 UTC in reply to "Doesn't fit."
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2005-07-07

This may be obvious but...

BeOS was/is a great OS, but I don't think it's realistic to think it can survive the amount of time it would take for somebody to write something as big as a "BeOS-Native" office suite. There are simply not enough developers in it's small userbase to do this. Even if such a thing appeared tommorrow, without MS Office compatibility it's useless.

MSOffice compatibility means it must have similar features...features that GoBe Productive fans often refer to as "bloat". I you personally only use an office suite for simple tasks, it doesn't make the more advanced features available in MSOffice "bloat". Business & government *need* these advanced features. Yes, an application should be intuitive and simple and light and fast - but Gobe Productive is frankly limited in it's features, as wonderful as it is.

The most important consideration is that OO.org is *alive* and is being actively developed. Internally it may be a bowl of spaghetti, but you must admit it has improved in it's lifetime and it has the momentum to continue to improve. There is just no way the BeOS community could do the same thing - there are too few users & developers. With OO.org, BeOS will continue to inherit the improvements by it's many developers. OO.org is the frontrunner as an MS Office alternative - it seems to have gained the most traction. It would actually be crazy for Yellow Tab *not* to attempt a port, because BeOS as a platform would be more isolated and limited in appeal, and there would never be enough developers to make the "BeOS Native" applications everyone prefers.

Besides, wouldn't it be nice to use file formats that are really cross-platform, but have decent features?

I think this shows that Yellow Tab has genuine concern for the future of BeOS, and are not solely trying to make a buck with a "cosmetically improved beta version".

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RE[2]: Doesn't fit.
by Ronald Vos on Thu 17th Nov 2005 19:04 in reply to "RE: Doesn't fit."
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2005-07-06

Actually, I do think they're trying to make a buck with a cosmetically improved version ;)

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