VaporOffice

去年十月,我写道“事关Unix“,揭露了大量涌入的开源Unix GUI应用程序被移植到Mac OS X的误解关于OpenOffice,我写道:

在Mozilla旁边,大众的最大名称Unix应用程序是开发办公室And OpenOffice for Mac OS X is a蒸屎堆这不仅仅是因为它容貌like crap (where by “crap”, I mean “Windows 95”), it feels like crap, too. That there exist计划to turn OpenOffice into a genuine Mac app at some point in the future is no consolation — open source vaporware is no better than commercial vaporware.

我为此采取了一些措施 - 不是为了将现有的X11版本描述为“热闹的堆栈”,而是将原生的Mac OS X端口描述为“蒸发器”。雾件在开源社区被认为是一个强烈的贬义,我收到的电子邮件遵循:How dare you describe OpenOffice for Mac OS X as ‘vaporware’? The OpenOffice group is working their asses off to bring this much-needed software to Mac OS X, on their own time你是谁侮辱他们?

然而,侮辱与否雾件很恰当如在美国传统词典中定义已宣布或已上市但尚未生产的新软件。

上个月,当OpenOffice项目宣布未预期本机OS X版本时,蒸汽与比特的比率甚至更高直到2006年

Blowhard Andrew Orlowski跟随这个公告登记册中的栏目其中包括Dan Williams的评论,他是两位积极参与该项目的开发人员之一把威廉姆斯写给Orlowski:

[...]任何对此感到生气的人本可以提供帮助Over the past two years, there have been a total of TWO half-time developers on this port, and for both of us that half-time is completely volunteer outside of full-time jobsThat’s simply not enough man-hoursWe’ve always needed more people, but nobody wants to work on something that’s not Aquafied yet.

然后Orlowski写道:

[…] it’s a shame that such an important Macintosh project can’t find more resources[…] Contributing to a major product that will be widely used in corporate environments must have some downstream benefits for coders involved?

所以现在我们要假装它是一个神秘why developers aren’t beating down a path to develop OpenOffice for OS X? How about the obvious answer:它不付钱。创建一流的用户体验非常困难,而且需要花费很多时间想知道为什么你友好的邻居Mac开发人员不会将他的夜晚和周末用于OpenOffice的志愿服务就像想知道为什么你的友好社区理发师不会把他的业余时间用于免费理发。

Orlowski thinks there must be some “downstream benefits for coders” who write software widely used by corporations? Um, how about the上游为他们的时间获得报酬的好处?

Orlowski以一种不那么温和的暗示结束,苹果应该提供人力资源:

[Sun product marketing manager Irwin] Tenhumberg confirmed that Sun doesn’t provide internal coding manpower to the Mac community, as it packages versions for Windows, Linux and Solaris as StarOffice.

“苹果更多[SIC] interests than ours to provide more than backline support for OpenOffice,” he told us.

相当。

实际上,没有这根本不符合Apple的利益OpenOffice是一个跨平台的套件,旨在运行在各种系统上Apple的业务是制造Macintosh电脑和写作苹果软件。

当然Apple对Mac OS X的当前状态办公软件不满意(也就是说,由微软主导)恰恰相反但如果他们通过指定Apple开发人员编写办公软件来做出回应,那么它将是由Apple设计和拥有的Mac软件例如基调。

或者去Safari渲染引擎的核心是基于开源KHTML库,Apple正在与原始KHTML团队分享他们的改进和错误修复但是浏览器本身,Safari,就是苹果公司和苹果公司。

Would I like to see a new office suite for Mac OS X, better and/or cheaper than Microsoft Office? Of course — who wouldn’t? But I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it to be produced by volunteer labor.

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