Many of you will have already seen my recent thread on this forum where I enquired about the state of office productivity software under Haiku:
The TLDR edition is that basically there are no working and usable word processor or spreadsheet apps for Haiku currently unless you are happy to use online alternatives. I can only speak for myself but online apps don’t cut it for me for this purpose and I was unable to get Google Docs to work under Webpositive or Qupzilla. It is rumoured that somebody is working on a Libreoffice port for Haiku but my enquiries indicate its far from ready and there is no public code available for testing yet.
Unlike Linux and the BSDs, which at least in their early days were much more developer/sysadmin focused (I’d say the BSDs still are), Haiku is targetting desktop computer users. A word processor and spreadsheet are viewed as essential apps by the majority of regular computer users and because these are absent from Haiku I’m unfortunately unable to recommend Haiku to anyone other than developers right now, which is a shame but I’m sure everybody in the Haiku community knows this already.
I’d personally prefer to see Libreoffice ported but common sense says it’ll be much easier to port the Calligra office suite because it is simply a newer version of KOffice which has been at least partially ported to Haiku in the past. Due to the lack of a Haiku Qt5 port at present, we can’t build any version after 2.9.2 but that is its most recent stable release and it handles Office/OpenDocument docs quite well these days it seems, which is what the computing masses need.
I’m not a developer but I looked into building Calligra for Haiku last night and, between Haikuports and Depot, all of the required dependencies to build Calligra are available with one major exception - kde-runtime. I successfully built kdelibs with Haikuporter last night so I found it a bit strange that kde-runtime doesn’t have a recipe too. In order to build Calligra Sheets we also require libeigen which already has a recipe but it needs to be updated as the current one is broken. The same applies to libexiv2 if we want to also port Krita.
Having working recipes and packages for kdelibs and kde-runtime would be a big win for porting apps to Haiku as this could also potentially allow for a port of KDEnlive. BeOS / Haiku being hyped as a great media OS would benefit greatly from having a good video editor!
I tried building kde-runtime-4.13.2 but I didn’t get very far as cmake errors on:
ERROR: cmake/modules/FindKDE4Internal.cmake not found in
This file is within the kdelibs-dev hpkg so from what I’ve read I should be able to get it to find it by running
as thats where the file is but I still get the same error. Whats odd is that the error seems incomplete as even after exporting the cmake module path I still just get ‘ERROR: cmake/modules/FindKDE4Internal.cmake not found in’ when I’d expect it to list the search path at the end of that error instead of it being blank. I built kdelibs as an x86 package and I’m running cmake after invoking