OpenOffice for X

in macOS edited January 2014
Does anyone know why there's no OpenOffice for MacOS X?

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It seems to me that this represents the perfect opportunity for Mac users to throw off the shackles of M$ Office, you'd even think that it would be something that Aple would put money/support into to get it working (if you could get wide adoption Apple would no longer need to develop Apple Works, and you could ease the reliance on MS - OpenOffice free with every system).

I'm not really clear on this open source stuff, but is there no chance for a Mac developer to do the porting and "sell" their enhancement/port?

-- Clive


  • Reply 1 of 4
    mahkmahk Posts: 25member
    Looks like there's a build guide:

    <a href=""; target="_blank">Open Office Mac OS X Build Guide</a>

    Not sure what would be involved in the building of it, but they seem to be supportive ...
  • Reply 2 of 4
    cliveclive Posts: 720member
    [quote]Originally posted by mahk:

    <strong>Looks like there's a build guide?</strong><hr></blockquote>

    Yes, but that's about all there is. If you read throught the X stuff there it essentially says "it doesn't work" - quite a lot of issue not fixed. I seem to recall that it's lagging on the source too.

    I think the Win/Linux/Solaris version are almost ready to go 1.0, while the X version is not even really a beta, there's no binaries for it and you're not going to get anywhere with it unless you're a developer (ie it just doesn't run).
  • Reply 3 of 4
    gfeiergfeier Posts: 127member
    I looked into this a while back. It appeared then that no one was working seriously enough on it for me not to upgrade to Office X. There are apparently some issues with Apple's implementaion of Unix, including one real show-stopper. Sorry, I can't remember exactly what that was.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    danieldaniel Posts: 50member
    I know it is not free but you might want to check out Think Free Office <a href=""; target="_blank"></a>; as it looks interesting and supports MS Office docs to some extent.

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