No more TextMaker for FreeBSD

According to SoftMaker president Martin Kotulla, the only commercial word processor available as a native FreeBSD application, TextMaker, will no longer support that platform as of the upcoming 2008 edition. There will of course be a Windows edition, and a native Linux edition (which should be able to run through the Linux binary compatibility software in FreeBSD), but the FreeBSD edition will not grow beyond TextMaker (and the full SoftMaker Office suite) 2006 unless there is more demand from FreeBSD users, and the operating system itself becomes easier to develop for.

TextMaker has been around in one form or another for almost 20 years, but the native FreeBSD port did not exist until shortly after the release of TextMaker 2002 when some FreeBSD users requested it. At the time, Kotulla publicly said that only two lines of the TextMaker code had to be changed in order to compile the source code for FreeBSD. Since then, so much has changed in both the SoftMaker Office code and the FreeBSD base system that the simplicity of a native port has been erased.

Source (29/10/2007)


  1. mato says

    i think that’s

    ****. simply i cannot imagine what has changed so much. easier to develop for freebsd 5 years ago than it is now ? besides majority of modern desktop sw

    is more or less os agnostic.
    well, they simply tried and found out there is not enough market for specialised version or there’s some other reason but it

    is not development difficulties that’s for sure.

  2. Charles says

    They can say

    it’s because of limited market perspectives, but definitely not because of technical complexity. They are software developers, they develop for Linux, which

    is quite different from Windows, but it’s not very different from FreeBSD, as both systems have similar Unix roots.

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