• Yokemate of Keyboards
    Yokemate of Keyboards
    Posts: 2665 from 2006/3/21
    From: Lake Arrowhead...

    Pgovotsos wrote:

    amigadave wrote:
    The rest of your rant is irrelevant. Well, really all of your rant is irrelevant to everyone except you.

    I did say a few times that I was talking about me .....

    If such an office suite is only useful for you, and not the 99.999% of the rest of the MorphOS community who needs, or wants format exchange capabilities, why would any developer bother to work on such software?


    For me, what I'd love to see is full featured, currently developed / supported native applications so that everyone could do all their work on one system without having to care about transferability.

    FinalWriter, when it is ported to MorphOS, might meet your needs for a word processor, as the new owner claims that it will be further developed with new features, and should work on PPC MorphOS soon (or maybe it already does now, but I don't think the port is past its beta stage yet).


    I realize that that is a bit of a pipe dream. Unfortunately, because of the size of our platform and the resources / developer time available, I don't really see a lot of hope for getting a full Libre Office port anytime soon. It's been talked about and attempted for years but with a handful of developers working on it part time, I'm guessing we'll probably see a complete, fully bug fixed x64 MorphOS much sooner.

    Yes, I agree that we might see a port of MorphOS to x64 before AmigaOS4 gets a complete and working port of Libre Office, and I think that there is only one programmer working on it, unless his twin brother is also helping him complete the port. I think that AmigaOS4 has more work done building into the OS the dependencies needed for the port of Libre Office, and since the programmer(s) working on it have zero interest in MorphOS (and maybe a dislike for MorphOS developers or users), we are even less likely to get Libre Office ported to MorphOS from the current work being done on the AmigaOS4 port.


    Sure Trevor has talked about a working beta of Libre Office but what does that actually mean? Bold, italic and underline work or something more? And that's just for OS4 where I guess it's probably another case of him throwing his money at it because he wants it. Not that I'm complaining about his efforts, I like my X1000s and X5000s but who has the money, time and skills to do the same for MorphOS?

    If you have multiple "X1000s and X5000s", maybe you have the money to fund a port of Libre Office to MorphOS? I don't know of anyone else who has more than one of each.


    I'm just not sure how practical it is to wait and expect it to happen "some day". Without a good office suite and a Firefox / Chrome level browser, our platform will become less and less capable of being a primary system for users. Will it eventually be relegated to playing classic games for those who want to play them on "real" hardware or even simply abandoned to play the games with emulators on our real computers that also happen to be able to do real work?

    The best hope for MorphOS users to be able to run modern Office Suite software is if the MorphOS Dev. Team builds the ability to run x64 Linux software directly on their x64 MorphOS systems, once MorphOS for x64 is completed, or if they make it very easy to port Linux software to MorphOS for x64, so we can quickly have tons of ported x64 Linux software, soon after MorphOS for x64 is finished.


    I don't need or care about the inter platform as long as I can do what I need to do with the tools available.

    Once again YMMV if your needs are not similar. If they're not then none of this applies to you and you're safe to just ignore it and do what you need to do to do what you want to do. It's no skin off my back either way :)

    Why try to steer this conversation toward solutions that only satisfy your needs, instead of what will meet every MorphOS users needs? You can use what is already available to produce your documents, spreadsheets, or picture files. Either native PPC MorphOS software, or 68k Amiga software that runs on MorphOS with or without EUAE.
    MorphOS - The best Next Gen Amiga choice.
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