Let me correct a few incorrect notions about Gobe Productive and the state of the code. I have been in touch with Bruce Hammond and had discussions about getting GP running on Haiku. First of all, although Gobe is no longer a legal corporation, the source code to GP still belongs to the original members of the company. The intellectual property is not in limbo and doesn’t belong to that Indian company. The Indian company licensed a Windows port, that’s it.
The main reason that GP3 was not open sourced is because it contains commercial 3rd party source code. Most of that code is the spell checker code. That’s why the code cannot just be open sourced and given to Haiku.
Other issues with running GP3 on Haiku: the OS changed, the compiler changed, the version of C++ changed. About 2 years ago Bruce spent a day working to get the code to compile on Haiku. Apparently there are significant changes needed in most source files just to to get a compile.
Based on discussion at the time it would require many man-months of development time. Many as in 3 - 6 solid months, minimum.
GP was the largest, most complicated and sophisticated application to run on BeOS. There is a ton of code involved. Lots of code, written by serious developers.
So where does it stand? I was working through some intellectual property issues with Bruce on this project. He is involved in other development projects and doesn’t have a lot of time to put into this. I’ll poke him again and see if I can stir up some interest.