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Software News   Software News : OOo, call to developers
   posted by elwood on 16-Sep-2011 9:14:07 (3258 reads)
Hello Developers,

You already heard about the OpenOffice4Kids / OpenOfficeLight port to AmigaOS 4.1. Here are some information about the situation and about the next steps.

OOoLight is a complete office suite (wordprocessor, database, spreadsheet...). It is not based on Java which is not used at all so the product is extremely fast on many platforms.

It is a great opportunity to have such office suite on our platform. Not only because it's fast, not only because we want such tool but also because we are in touch with one of the main leaders of the project.

Eric Bachard who did a huge job on these two OOo variants has a strong knowledge of the source code and he already did some ports in the past. As he is still doing a lot of work to push this project forward, he doesn't have time to work on an AmigaOS port.

This is where you developers can help.

The first step was to make the project compilable commenting out several code parts. This was started by Eric and Corto with the help of Andy Broad. The current source code is on the SVN.
The compile chain uses some tools that we don't have yet on AmigaOS (dmake...) so there is still work to do to complete this part.

Then when it compiles, it will be time to remove the comments and do the hard stuff: make OOoLight native.

So Amiga developers if you have some time, contribute! No need to have several hours of free time. The most important is to contribute regularly. It's a big project but we are many.

Get the source code (below) and contact Eric for any question. You can see him on IRC only, channel #educooo, His nickname is "ericb2". But don't forget he is a very busy man so try yourself before you ask

OOo4kids and OOoLight are based on the same source code. You can compile one version or another by defining a variable
at compilation time.

OOoLight web page:

Download source code:

Wiki for the AmigaOS port:

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Re: OOo, call to developers
Posted on 17-Sep-2011 9:40:24
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Man it's a shame this project has fallen through and he was not able to complete it, I really thought that it was going to happen

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Re: OOo, call to developers
Posted on 17-Sep-2011 12:46:23
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Sad to see progress is stoped at initial phase.
Hope more contributors should be found.

At least they could continue where the original porter has stopped,
since having Office is quite essential

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Re: OOo, call to developers
Posted on 17-Sep-2011 15:33:04
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Sorry to be pessimistic, but i think this is definitely the end of this project.
The amiga community just does not have enough developers, which is already pretty clear when you look at the native OS4.x software list.

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Re: OOo, call to developers
Posted on 17-Sep-2011 16:30:12
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as i had a long time ago expectation: a hole in the water for now.

a project perhaps too much ambitious!


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Re: OOo, call to developers
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hope it gets picked up by some one :(


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Re: OOo, call to developers
Posted on 18-Sep-2011 6:48:21
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Then again, the AmigaOS platform doesn't need a word processor like OpenOffice in any of its flavors at all. What it does need, however, is a a lightning-fast EcmaScript interpreter and a matching HTML5- and CSS3-compliant browser.

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Re: OOo, call to developers
Posted on 18-Sep-2011 11:08:00
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Maybe it is time all platforms joined forces on this one, so create a cross Amiga version and share developers.

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Re: OOo, call to developers
Posted on 18-Sep-2011 17:44:44
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I thought aeon was sponsoring this project ?

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Re: OOo, call to developers
Posted on 19-Sep-2011 14:16:59
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there is one first step. How I already published there, the Zune-Project is splitted in smaller projects.

In the first project it is aimed to become full compatibel to MUI38

then it will be ported to all flavors (including AmigaOS and MorphOS).

I think this is the way to go!

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