Apr 27 2009
Last week I made mention of AppleÃs new X11 beta. Well, to prove that you didnÃt download it in vain, this week weÃll put it to use.
First off this, like AppleÃs X11 support, is beta so donÃt be entirely surprised if it does something nasty to your system. Second, these are both public betas, which exist primarily for you to try them out and give feedback. By using these youÃll be part of a testing community, so donÃt just cuss if it breaks, provide bug reports.
OpenOffice is a open-source product that will always be free. It interacts seamlessly with Microsoft Office files, including Power Point. Ready for free Office? Let’s get to it…
Be prepared for a beastly download. Use this page to select a mirror for download. The closest server to you is not necessarily the best. Try places where it is currently night and the local traffic is light.
Once you download the installer (it runs natively in OSX) it will take you through the installation process. Be sure that you have already installed AppleÃs X11. The installation isnÃt short, so be prepared.
Okay, now that everything is installed, you have to get it set up. YouÃll notice that OpenOffice keeps looking for its buddy Ã¬XFree86Ã®. You donÃt need this, since you have AppleÃs X11. The Office launcher doesnÃt know this, though, so it wonÃt work. Instead you can download an AppleScript launcher that will take the place of this launcher.
Alternately, you can add OpenOffice to your X11 Applications menu. To do this go to Ã¬CustomizeÃ® and click Ã¬Add ItemÃ® on X11Ãs Applications menu. Under Name put in Ã¬OpenOffice.orgÃ® and under Command put in Ã¬/Applications/OpenOffice.org1.0.1/program/sofficeÃ®.
Now you should be up and running.
For those of you looking for a more retro experience, try out OSXII, an Apple II emulator for OS X. You could be back in action with Lode Runner on your Mac. Did anyone have Wings of Fury, or was that just me? Anyway, Have fun.
Join me again next week with some good old-fashioned freeware tweaks for Safari, iCal and more.