TextMaker: Should we support FreeBSD at all?

Lukas Ertl l.ertl at univie.ac.at
Tue Oct 7 14:18:18 PDT 2003

On Tue, 7 Oct 2003, Martin Kotulla wrote:

> We did the port (a) because it was easy (just one source code change)
> and (b) there were a couple of people telling us they'd never consider
> running the Linux emulator on *BSD, and (c) because we could ... <g>

Honestly, I have to say this is _really_ cool!  I don't know TextMaker,
and I only fire up OO when someone sends me the occasional .doc file, so
I'm probably not the audience you're targetting, but just the fact that
you want to support FreeBSD _and_ say that the port was easy gives me a
good feeling :-)

FreeBSD definitely needs more attention from commercial software vendors,
and this is one step into the right direction.  (Now, please all of you
mail Oracle... :-) ).

> That's what irritates me. TextMaker on the vast majority of systems is
> MUCH faster than OpenOffice, even faster than Abiword. It should load in

This would really be a reason to use TextMaker instead of OO.  OO is
great, because it's more or less the only available office package for
*nix, but more alternatives (and faster ones) are always good.

> >>5. How can we reach FreeBSD users? How can we ensure that
> >>more FreeBSD users learn about our software?

Well, daemonnews.org is probably a bookmark of every serious FreeBSD
user, so some advertising there probably isn't bad :-)

I'm not so up-to-date with who is currently packaging up FreeBSD releases,
but what about bundling your software with a FreeBSD release, something
like "Desktop Edition"?  *ducksandruns*


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