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OS X + NFS+ OpenOffice = SUCK


Repeat after me:

I will never, ever, ever, ever, never, ever, never, never, ever, ever, ever, never, ever, never buy a proprietary (read: non Open Source) computer ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever again, no matter how attractive the packaging is.

I don’t know what from the bowels of hell itself possessed me to buy a Powerbook, but it was quite possibly one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done.  It has been nothing but trouble from the day I got it (though it was a nice little mental exercise and challenge for a while in getting Linux to run on it).

I have given up on it for my own personal use. I’m back to using my work laptop for all things at work and home.

But I thought that at least I could let my darling bride use it for her personal stuff. You know… it’s OS X… what could possibly go wrong?

So, 8 hours ago this evening, I started trying to get OS X (freshly upgraded to 10.4.9, don’tcha know) to allow my darling bride to edit OpenOffice files that are stored on an NFS server downstairs. Nope. Cannot do it. Everything comes up read-only. And yes, I did play (for hours) with all possible permutations of setting/unsetting SAL_ENABLE_FILE_LOCKING in soffice. I even tried the new version of NeoOffice (it’s the only one you can download, by the way, which is also teh suck), the new version of OpenOffice, and version 2.0.4 out of desperation. SUCK! I don’t know what the flippin’ problem is, but it’s sucked 8 hours too much out of my life, thank you very much.

Pissed off in general and getting no sleep again…




Author: Jason 'vanRijn' Kasper

My name is Jason 'vanRijn' Kasper. I am the ring leader of the amazing Kasper family. I am unashamedly a Christian Nerd. These are our stories....


  1. Just out of curiousity, which distro did you finally get up and running on this?
    I have tinkered with a powerbook, and a few of them, none of them quite to my satisfaction.
    Have a great day,

  2. Hi Chris,

    I used OpenSUSE back when I cared. Now I don’t and my wife just uses OS X on it. HTH! =:)

  3. Thats cool, I tried that one as well, I ran Freebsd on it for a while, albeit without a working java port.
    I am more of a Thinkpad Freebsd guy anyway, but I have been reading here since your blackbox background posting. I love fluxbox. Extremely satisfied with that on my low overhead applications.
    Hope you are having a great day.

  4. Hey Chris!! =:)

    I LOVED running FreeBSD and Brad (nyztihke–the Blackbox author) used to only run on FreeBSD. I find it ironic that the reason that I had had to stop using FreeBSD is that VMware Workstation doesn’t run on it. =:/

    Hope you have a great day too! =:)

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