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Re: Here we go again - Open Office
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: Here we go again - Open Office
- From: Michael Sazhin <OpenBSD_(_at_)_sazhin_(_dot_)_net>
- Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 07:11:37 -0400
Andrew Dalgleish wrote:
On Tue, Apr 26, 2005 at 10:23:17PM -0400, Michael Sazhin wrote:
Just for curiousity sake how much would it take to bribe someone to port
OpenOffice for OpenBSD? Do you think the $400 price of MS Word be enough?
I seriously doubt that $400 would cover it.
Most (all?) of the developers and porters also do consulting, so
unless the porter also needs the port for other paying customers
you'd probably be looking at the going commercial rates on an hourly
basis for what could be quite a time-consuming task.
If you're really keen you could try posting a bounty on a site like
opensourcexperts.com or codelance.com.
If you get enough people to each chip in a small amount you might
get enough to cover the work required.
I'm not aware of any bounty site which supports multiple people
funding a single project so it may require some external management
and mutual trust.
Isn't there some issue that makes it harder to port it to OpenBSD than
the other *nix OSs?
Not really. OpenBSD usually tracks stable versions of things like
libraries in its ports tree. Some FOSS projects like to use the
bleeding edge, so you might have to update several other ports just
to complete the one you're interested in. I consider this a feature,
not a bug.
It seems that OpenOffice is a fairly big issue for OpenBSD desktop users
as I can see from the huge number of emails on this topic repeatedly.
Perhaps if that energy was used towards emailing developers and letting
them know how much such a port would be appreciated, it could be more
I am not a developer so I could not possibly be able to make it, but as
an OpenBSD desktop user I can say that OpenOffice is one of the few
things I am missing. So like users were successful in convincing chip
manufacturers, can't they convince some OpenBSD developers to commit
to oo. Surely developers can't ignore the requests of active users and
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