Support for Mac OS X 10.3 to be dropped after OpenOffice.org 2.1

As was discussed in tonight’s Mac Port Meeting for OpenOffice.org, the Mac Porting Team will be dropping support for Mac OS X 10.3.x after the release of OpenOffice.org 2.1.
The reasons for the dropping of support of Mac OS X 10.3 include:

  • Around the time OpenOffice.org 2.2 is due out, Mac OS X 10.5 will be released some time in “Spring 2007″[1]. Trying to support 3 Major versions of Mac OS X is difficult with our small team.
  • The current Aqua development versions of OpenOffice.org require the use of Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
  • The Mac Porting Team has limited resources and very few developers currently have access to a machine that has Mac OS X 10.3 on it. This means that developing and testing on Mac OS X 10.3 is difficult.
  • [Only for the technical minded] The compiler (gcc3) that is used for producing builds for Mac OS X 10.3 isn’t good enough any more. Examples for problems include: It claims valid code isn’t valid; doesn’t give useful error or warning messages; and some warning messages are not available. The gcc4 (the compiler in Mac OS X 10.4), is much better as it doesn’t have the aforementioned problems.

If it is shown that there is a large requirement for continuing future support for Mac OS X 10.3, then this decision may be reversed.
The log of the meeting is available to read.

[1]: Source Mac OS X Leopard Sneak Peek Page

OpenOffice Aqua picked up wrong

It would appear that many news organisations have picked up on the OpenOffice Aqua news wrongly. OpenOffice are only going to preview the latest Aqua build at the OpenOffice conference and Apple Expo in Paris, next month.

Pages that have picked up on the story and claim that the OpenOffice Mac Porting Team are going to release an Aqua version of OpenOffice next month include:

http://www.macfixit.com/article.php?story=20060830085917126

http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/index.cfm?NewsID=15712&Page=1&pagePos=2

http://macslash.org/article.pl?sid=06/08/31/0111246

Well you never know a miracle may occur and that will happen, though the current estimate is 6-12 months for a final version of OpenOffice in Aqua to be release by the OpenOffice.org Mac Porting Team.

OpenOffice Aqua is coming along nicely

I’ve been playing around with one of Eric Bachard’s recent Intel OpenOffice Aqua builds. Although it crashes a lot, it does work to some degree.

The crash reporter has a crashing bug in it so I had to disable it using the startup switch -norestore.

Eric had said to me not to run the registration wizard by using the startup switch -nofirststartwizard. However, it worked every time for me, apart from being slow.

There are also two environment variables that need to be set to be able to use the native menus or widgets. These are:

export AQUA_NATIVE_CONTROLS=TRUE

export AQUA_NATIVE_MENUS=TRUE

It won’t be until early 2007 that we there will be an alpha build available of OpenOffice running on the Mac without X11. Until then, you have OpenOffice running within X11. It is available to download from http://porting.openoffice.org/mac/ooo-osx_downloads.html.