Installing OpenOffice.org 1.0.3 RC1

I noticed that OpenOffice.org 1.0.3 for Mac OS X X11 Release Candidate 1 has been released on NeoOffice's new bulletin board system - trinity.neooffice.org a few days ago. The X11 installer is a 90Mb download in .tar.gz format, and the one I downloaded does not have a "graphical" installation app. It does not really matter to me because I've installed OpenOffice.org on Linux boxes before with the setup app comes with it. I did a net install (setup -net) because it is going to be shared by both Vivian and myself, and we use different accounts on this already tiny iBook.

The setup apps opens successfully with Apple's own X11 server, and it automatically over takes the whole screen with its ugly fonts. I think my eyes have been spoiled by the Mac OS X's anti-alias fonts, and going back to X11 or even Windows feels like a torture to me. Anyway, the RC means it is not really the final release, and so far there are some glitches in the installation. It does not even include the license and readme file that installation requires, so I have to click on Skip when the error pops up. After the net install has completed, I then do a workstation install inside my own home directory. Everything is afterwards.

I have also downloaded Terry Teague's Start OpenOffice.org app. The latest version has integrated fondu support that automatically converts the TrueType fonts when a font file is dropped onto the icon. It can also launch OpenOffice and X11 server when needed.

OpenOffice.org 1.0.3 is usable on Mac OS X. However, it is just plain ugly compares with the rest of the system. I don't find it that ugly when I am using it under Windows, but it is probably under Windows you don't get anti-alias everywhere either. It has opened my older OpenOffice.org and StarOffice files fine, but it does not have full unicode support like in OpenOffice.org 1.1, so I don't expect it will work well with my newer Chinese files.

So far I still find it is easier to use AppleWorks to type up a quick note. When I need to use OpenOffice.org, I will use Virtual PC and run 1.1beta2 inside it. The speed is okay, but I just need to deal with Windows again.

Hopefully OpenOffice.org will quickly catch up on Mac OS X.