[maemo-users] Abiword on N8x0 (was: Bluetooth Keyboard?)

From: Eero Tamminen eero.tamminen at nokia.com
Date: Wed Apr 9 18:54:27 EEST 2008

ext Mark wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 4:16 PM, Peter Flynn <peter at silmaril.ie> wrote:
>> Ryan Pavlik wrote:
>>  > Mark wrote:
>>  >> If I could get a decent keyboard and OpenOffice.org working with my
>>  >> N800, I'd be in 7th heaven. (I've heard Abiword is being ported, but
>>  >> I've tried it on my desktop and it's just not a workable alternative
>>  >> for me.)

First I thought that this was impossible, but when I tested on Desktop
machine just starting OO Writer 2.0, it took:
- Dirty shared memory: 128 kB
- Dirty private memory: 19568 kB
- Clean private memory: 33724 kB

i.e. "just" only a bit over 50MB RAM just to open an empty doc.
(as a reference, the apps on N8x0 need normally 1/10 of this).

After bootup there's something like 80MB available on device, depending
on what Home applets you have enabled.  I'm pretty sure you'd need swap
to view any real documents with OO and the already slow OO would
real crawl if it's swapping...  OO layout might not leave much space
to view the actual document either.

If Abiword is not an option, I would suggest PDF export from OO
and just reading the PDFs on the device.

	- Eero

>>  > Abiword has been ported and is in closed beta testing now.  I'm not sure
>>  > why it wouldn't be a workable alternative - it's certainly more than
>>  > workable for several million people as far as I know.
> I'm sorry if the word "workable" was confusing. I didn't mean that
> Abiword doesn't work or even that it's anything less than a great
> product. What I meant was that it doesn't meet my needs.
> The documents with which I work usually have a great deal of
> formatting and other features that Abiword either doesn't support, or
> doesn't support *well* when the original document is not in Abiword's
> native format. When I open a M$ Word document in OpenOffice, it
> appears exactly the same as it does in Word, but when I try that in
> Abiword, it requires a bunch of fiddling & editing before it comes out
> right. (That's assuming that all the basic elements are intact.) Then
> when it's converted back to Word, it has to be reformatted all over
> again.
> If all you need to work with is documents on your local machine,
> Abiword is great. But if you need your documents to be extremely
> "portable", it's not quite ideal.
> I'll admit, though, that it's been more than a year since I last tried
> Abiword, and that I'll give it a chance on my N800. It certainly would
> be a whole lot better than the nothing that ships with the device.
> Mark
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