Be careful if you’re using OpenOSX Office, which began shipping Nov. 15 from OpenOSX. Due to glitch on the master CD, some of the CD installers can delete the contents of the system directory, etc, and you’ll have to install a new system.
“We have e-mailed everyone and phoned all Fed Ex orders to warn them,” Jeshua Lacock, programmer and owner of OpenOSX, told MacCentral. “We are shipping out replacement CDs today free of charge. Not a single customer has installed the damaged CDs. We had extensively tested the installer, however, the problem was a corrupt tar file on the ‘master’ CD.”
OpenOSX Office brings together a variety of component products, including AbiWord, Gnumeric, and Gimp. AbiWord is an open source alternative to Microsoft Word. Version 0.9.4.1 can edit Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, XHTML, and RTF documents.
Gnumeric is a spreadsheet with 95 percent of the functions of Microsoft Excel built-in, according to Lacock. Gimp is The GNU Image Manipulation Program, a graphics editor.
OpenOSX’s package will install this suite of tools, as well as variety of open source utilities including XFree86 22.214.171.124, XDarwin 1.0.4, Ghostview 1.5, Oroborous Window Manager, ORBit 0.5.11, Gnome, Library 0.17, Bonobo 1.0.10, Glib 1.2.8, Libxml 1.8.14, GnomePrint 0.31, and DYLib. All the products ship with online help, documentation, limited support, configured source code and more.
The cost is US$30 or $10 if you’re upgrading. For more info or to order a CD go to the
OpenOS X Office Web site.