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Re: Open Office for Alpha
From: dr john halewood (johnunidec.co.uk)
Date: Thu May 29 2003 - 14:27:32 CDT
On Sunday 25 May 2003 4:36 pm, jon_on_alpha wrote:
>Perhaps somewhat OT, but .. you can run Open Office on an Alpha machine ..
>you just need Tru64 to do it. A T64 port was finished early this year and
> is available in binary at
Out of curiosity, has anyone yet tried running this on linux-alpha with the
tru64-compat libs installed? It might be interesting to find out what's
missing in terms of library dependencies et al.
On the broader theme of this, I can take a rough guess at why there's a tru64
version and no linux-alpha version of OO around. Judging by past experience
(Netscape being the classic example), people ported dodgy 32bit code to the
alpha by making extensive use of the tru64 compilers -taso option, which
covered up a multitude of programming sins. Gave a nasty performance hit, but
saved a lot of idiots^W people the struggle of working out how big integers
and pointers should be. Unfortunately, judging by the manual pages, they
didn't port this bit of the compiler to linux. If they had, I don't think
building OO would be much of a problem.
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