Posted by: macintoshsisters | February 5, 2008

OpenOffice 3 to Provide Native Mac OS X Support

For many Mac newbie users, X11 can be a real pain.

Basically, the X11 window sytem is what OpenOffice was made for. OpenOffice, by being free, makes a perfect alternative to other office suites for the Mac, especially Microsoft’s much heralded Mac Office. So, the developers decided in September of last year to make a decent official port for the Mac.

The open source community created its own solution, a great OpenOffice fork called NeoOffice. I personally think the Ooo (I wonder how they pronounce this) project leaders have made a wise decision, we all know what forks in open source mean. Sadly, this also means the NeoOffice project will probably slowly die out, although the developers do have a large userbase at the moment. The thing is, I think OpenOffice is a great product; I just don’t trust companies sponsoring open source.

FULL article at MacApper

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