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A Periodic (P)review Of Leaping Forward

By: Johan

Sunday, January 29

Installing Open Office 2.0 on Mac OS X 10.4.4

Just sharing how to install Open Office 2.0 on Mac OS X (X11) since the install guides out there don't seem entirely correct and other guides assume you already have installed it.

Ingredients: The 124 MB-ish .dmg can be downloaded from your nearest mirror via the Open office website. It took me about 2 minutes on a 1.5 Meg cable connection.

Whilst that is downloading you will need to install the X11 Unix windowing system but don't download it from Apple's website since that's actually an older version than your Mac shipped with (if you also have a recent Mac). Some tutorials will tell you to find x11.app in the applications folder but it wasn't there on my machine.

Get your Mac OS X Install Disc 1 and insert it. Then find the 'Optional Installs' package which has the box icon with the yellow stuff inside it. Open it to start the installation wizard. After selecting the destination drive you can choose which packages to install. Click the little grey arrow next to "Applications" to expand and tick X11 from that list. Proceed and install X11.

After installing X11, run the OOo_2.0.0_MacosxPPC_install.dmg (version my have changed by the time you read this) and drag the Open Office icon to your Applications folder or wherever you want it.

That's it!

Launching Open Office on your Mac first time will default to Writer but you can use the drop-down next to the 'new' icon to start a spreadsheet or presentation.

Now tell your friends and family to stick it to MS Office too. Open Office 2.0 really is a great alternative.


Blogger Janneke said...

ok,thanks a lot for the information! it's great, I'll tell all my friends!!

January 29, 2006  
Anonymous Sander said...

You didn't tell me Janneke! :-p But I was aware of Open Office for a while, a flatmate uses it for a long time now. I still have 'some copy' of MS Office, but I might switch to Open Office, as it is an interesting free AND legal option... In the near future I might buy myself a nice MacBook pro too :-D

March 30, 2006  

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