New Mac PPC Buildbot

There are now 3 Mac buildbots available for testing builds of OpenOffice.org.

The latest addition is by audionuma (or in real life known as Manuel Naudin) from Paris, France, who has donated the processor time of his PPC Mac. He gave a short introduction about himself at yesterday’s Mac Port Meeting. His bot has the name MacPort3 on the buildbot master.

Record Number of Locales Passed QA for OpenOffice.org 2.1 on the Mac

At this writing there are currently 3 locales passed QA and available to download, for OpenOffice.org 2.1 Mac OS X Intel and 5 for the PPC Macs. That gives a total of 6 unique locales that have been passed QA on both the PPC and Intel Mac platforms for OpenOffice.org 2.1. This is a record. Previously only English, German and French were put through their paces to check their functionality and links posted on the Mac Download pages. With the help of QATrack I’m able to find out which locales are being tested, and if they have been distributed to the mirrors.
There are still more currently being tested.
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2nd Mac Porters Meeting

I made the whirlwind trip to Hamburg for the 2nd Mac Porters Meeting at the Google offices there. I seem to have survived my first flying trip (in both senses). It was great to meet the porters in person again or for the first time.

I really liked the Eurostar on my Lyon trip, far smoother in parts, though longer. You can also move around a lot more on the Eurostar and have no seat belts too. Now all we need is for a high speed rail link between Edinburgh and London that make the Eurostar even better.

It was great being able to play with a Mac Pro! Even without ccache installed, a build of OpenOffice.org takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. This is dramatically less than the current build times that I’m getting on my MacBook, of around 8 hours. Now I really want one, but simply cannot afford it. 🙁

It is also quite nice to have a shot of working with 2 monitors with my MacBook. It is a lot better to be able to work with different part of a project on different screens. For example, the source code on one and the result on the other screen. However I’m trying to put off getting a monitor until I have a job or can afford it.

With the help of Oliver Braun, I managed to get the link to the Applications folder inside the disk image working properly. I was very close to getting the line of make file in the correct place. We’re looking at possibly increasing the size of the background image to make it look a bit better. Follow issue 72008 to track the integration and testing of my patches.

Minutes of the events on Saturday are available on Eric Bachard’s blog. Sunday’s events should be coming soon. EDIT: The events from Sunday are available.

I have to thank Martin Kretzschmar for his sofa, otherwise I would never have gone.

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.org 2.0.4 for Mac OS X released

OpenOffice.org for Mac OS X (X Windowing) has been released publicly.

I updated the web pages earlier to day. It should be noted that there currently is no tested German version, as no one has tested it yet. I have made a number of other changes to the web pages that have been in the pipeline for quite some time now. This includes the introduction of the new home page for the Mac Port. Some other pages have been updated as well, to include the new border, which has been missing on some of the new pages.

Updated OpenOffice Mac Download Pages

Ahead of the OpenOffice.org conference, I have just released the new download pages for OpenOffice.org (X11) on the Mac. They are now much simpler than before. The download is now available at http://porting.openoffice.org/mac/download/. The old download pages (except the legacy download for 1.1.2) redirect to the new pages.

Part of this is the fact that there is no longer a big long list of mirrors to choose from. This is because I have used the OpenOffice download bouncer for all the downloads in the OpenOffice.org download servers. If anyone else needs to update the pages in the future, you will need to speak to cloph on IRC, who is able to update the bouncer with the new files.

I’d like to thank Fipa for his design, and James McKenzie on the mac@porting.openoffice.org list for his feedback.

There are more updates to come to the OpenOffice Mac Porting site before the end of the month, thereafter updates to the site will slow down.

I’m waiting on fink compiling quanta, which is the editor that Fipa used to create the pages, so hopefully I’ll find it easier to keep the site up to date with the new design. I hope that it will be better than the more than a year old Nvu, even if I have to use X11.