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Old 1st May 2008
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Default OpenOffice on FreeBSD

A very common question is : "Does openoffice have a package?"

There is no official package but good-day.net provide a binary package for many versions of FreeBSD and many version of OpenOffice.

ftp://ooopackages.good-day.net/pub/O...0-STABLE/i386/
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Hi to all,

This is my first post

Recently I was searching the same.. I have found the below packages for the i386 architecture on the central freebsd ftp server:

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/po...rg-2.4.0_3.tbz
ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/po...4.20080410.tbz

I just cannot understand why openoffice doesn't mentioning the freebsd platform from this main site.

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That blows, OpenOffice.org used to offer downloads for FreeBSD iirc. That was probably one of the reasons I began using it in the first place :\
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There are some uno packages I can use with Linux or Windows which are not ported on other OSes. The PostgreSQL interface to name one.
So, I see it as, "you can run crippled versions of OpenOffice on the BSDs".
Other available specific applications do the job better than an OO module.

Makes me remember, in the ole days, StarOffice took over the whole Windows window management. A breakthrough at that time. Why did OpenOffice abandonned that single user interface for a complete desktop?
Question is not " why isn't there a package referenced for FreeBSD ?".
Question should be, why do I still need an OS or even a window manager to run OpenOffice?

There are 300+ Linux distros competing on the way they make it simple to install Firefox and OpenOffice (where did the StarOffice browser go?).
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Don't use a package for Openoffice or you will miss out all the goodies compile has to offer
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Don't use a package for Openoffice or you will miss out all the goodies compile has to offer
... and many hours of compiling, especially on older hardware

Openoffice and Java are included on HOLD_PKGS of my pkgtools.conf for this reason.
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The compiling OpenOffice is real marathon even or quite powerfull machine. I remember that few time I did it just to have nice KDE menu icons that are available after compiling.
By the way, I am surprised that quality of this software is advancing and it gets mature.
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Default Gnumeric and Abiword goodness

I know people hate it when you don't answer the question but instead tack on experience with other software, but I can't resist!

I was an OpenOffice.org/StarOffice user for many years but honestly for my uses Abiword and Gnumeric do just what I need now. There certainly are times when you do need a fully fledged office suite, but I think more people than less would be able to accomplish their work using just these tools.

Plus, they compile, install and run [b]so darn fast[b], on my new Core 2 Duo e8400 FreeBSD 7.0 desktop they both open faster than I can lift my finger off the mouse after clicking their menu icon!

I can't really vouch for KOffice having only lightly used Kspread a few times, but I imagine it's a similar story.
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By the way, I am surprised that quality of this software is advancing and it gets mature.
OOo is pretty damned good for my purposes.

I finally reached a tipping point where I was willing to tolerate the long compile time to get its great functionality. (Gnumeric is OK, but Abiword just isn't cutting it.)

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> dmesg | egrep 'avail memory|CPU:'
CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz (2793.08-MHz 686-class CPU)
avail memory = 1563394048 (1490 MB)
On that box, I started a screen session to compile editors/openoffice.org-2 before I left work yesterday. When I got in this morning it was finished. (I had to deal with the Sun / java licensing garbage from home, thus the screen session.)

Anyway, I agree with your comment. OOo "has arrived", as they say.
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Don't use a package for Openoffice or you will miss out all the goodies compile has to offer
I did. I had openoffice 3 and it was very slow. Yesterday I deinstalled beta and installed 2.4.1 (compile) from ports and it was the same: slow. I was very upset because I used to kake somethin with Impress for work but... I did came earlier at work this morning and use MS Office. As I remember lower versions were much faster (on Linux was faster than FreeBSD but was faster on FreeBSD as now).

I didn't change anything just compile for KDE support.

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KOffice is a very good setup, Abiword... Although a fine and very lightweight word processor is what forced me into using .doc files for work for cross word-processor support :\


I can't help but to think this threads topic has become a bit lost.
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IMO KOffice is nice, but, doesn't go to other programs smoothly (not the same formatting) and it is almost more resource intensive (high CPU?) than Open Office.
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just looking at the porting openoffice to freebsd page there arent that many packages compiled for 6.3 and 7.0. either way there are so many ways that openoffice can be customized for various system options such as adding in KDE support to it and such. from what i hear as well the compile times have been getting faster.
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There is no official package but good-day.net provide a binary package for many versions of FreeBSD and many version of OpenOffice.
No official package? That depends how you define official. The OpenOffice page refers you to the FreeBSD ports tree, which I would take as official. Try:
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pkg_add -r openoffice.org-2
In response to those who mention the benefits of compiling it yourself, I will say that I also am a die-hard compiler. However, my current desktop system is fairly dated and there are only 2 things that I use pre-compiled binaries for, which are Firefox and OpenOffice. These are two very-large compiles. Upgrades overnight at one thing, but if I urgently need to install or upgrade for a new feature, a package is the only choice.
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Does Open Office perform pretty well on FreeBSD?
I hate using AbiWord because I dont use the GNOME desktop and I hate all the extra gnome libs. The gnome icon theme always messes with my XFCE rodent theme and thunar.
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Does Open Office perform pretty well on FreeBSD?
Last time I used it (about a year ago) it worked just as well as it does on other platforms.
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I recently compiled OpenOffice 3-dev on my desktop with -j1. I forgot to define -j8 or -j10, which I use for buildworld. It would've suited this compile very well, but I believe it took about 13 hours to compile.
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Try:
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pkg_add -r openoffice.org-2
Thank you. I did try that command, but, I received an error. The package is unavailable.
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Yes, OpenOffice.org is a resource hog ... So is Microsoft office 2007 by the way.
And compiling OO.o also takes ages ...

I know .... It sucks ... :-/
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Even on my slow machine I think it takes eight hours. So I set it up to run overnight. It is not a big deal.
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