OpenOffice for Mac non-existent? Think again

In regards to OpenOffice’s new overhaul, Dan had something to say about the Mac support:

Unless, of course, you use a Mac, where it’s still essentially MIA in anything like the quality on other platforms.

Come on. There’s plenty of support for OpenOffice for Mac OSX. NeoOffice, which is a port of OpenOffice, runs great on a Mac. A couple of the local linux user group members run it on their Macs. Andrew Lark fact-checked this in the comment area.
I know for a fact that ratchet of LUX has been running it on his Mac Mini and he loves it. ratchet, care to comment?
Via DanGillmor

  • I do indeed love my mac-mini. NeoOffice has definitely helped me out on my Mac. It’s definitely worth a look. It’s not 100% but if you need word processing for free then give it a look.
    NeoOffice is a port of OpenOffice that runs native on Mac (rather than running through the linux emulation). It’s pretty fast too.

  • I do indeed love my mac-mini. NeoOffice has definitely helped me out on my Mac. It’s definitely worth a look. It’s not 100% but if you need word processing for free then give it a look.
    NeoOffice is a port of OpenOffice that runs native on Mac (rather than running through the linux emulation). It’s pretty fast too.

  • NeoOffice is not even close to the quality of the rest of the OpenOffice line. It’s a back-level version, and it runs sluggishly on my (fast) Powerbook.
    Maybe you’re happy. When I compare it with StarOffice or OpenOffice on the PC or Linux, the difference is obvious — and the Mac is way, way, way behind the curve here.

  • NeoOffice is not even close to the quality of the rest of the OpenOffice line. It’s a back-level version, and it runs sluggishly on my (fast) Powerbook.
    Maybe you’re happy. When I compare it with StarOffice or OpenOffice on the PC or Linux, the difference is obvious — and the Mac is way, way, way behind the curve here.

  • Wait a second here. You said MIA. Since NeoOffice isn’t an official port, of course it’s going to take time to move to version 2.0 since OO just went to 2.0. That’s ridiculous to ask that of any opensource team.
    Not to mention, ratchet has made the comment that NeoOffice runs natively. That means that no matter what version you get, it’s still going to run “sluggish” then by your call. You can’t get around that one with Java as the backbone.

  • darkmoon

    Wait a second here. You said MIA. Since NeoOffice isn’t an official port, of course it’s going to take time to move to version 2.0 since OO just went to 2.0. That’s ridiculous to ask that of any opensource team.
    Not to mention, ratchet has made the comment that NeoOffice runs natively. That means that no matter what version you get, it’s still going to run “sluggish” then by your call. You can’t get around that one with Java as the backbone.