OOo, call to developers
Date 16-Sep-2011 20:46:57
Topic: Software News
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, irc.freenode.net. 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: http://wiki.ooolight.org/index.php/Main_Page
Download source code: http://wiki.ooo4kids.org/index.php/DownloadOOo4KidsSources
Wiki for the AmigaOS port: http://wiki.ooo4kids.org/index.php/EnvironmentSetup/AmigaOS