Some of you may remember the whole OpenOffice.org / Java hoo-har that erupted earlier in the year. I wasn't all that concerned, because -- at least in OOo 1.1 -- Java added very little. You could do almost everything without it.
Today I try RC1 of OpenOffice.org 2.0. I fire it up, record a macro, and then attempt to play it back.
"Java is required for this feature."
Please, please! People! Such a basic feature requires an entire language, virtual machine, supporting libraries and more?! This is so utterly absurd I think it may be a dream. Yes, I can understand Sun's desire to spread Java, but making it mandatory for such elementary features is comical.
Couple this with memory usage and it's even worse. OOo is hardly the lightest program on the planet, and having to load a whole JVM on top just kills takeup on the tens of millions of mid-spec PCs out there. Many companies would love to ditch MS licensing and run a free alternative -- but when it runs like a dog on their machines, it's not so attractive. There are millions upon millions of machines out there in homes and businesses around the 1 GHz / 128 MB RAM mark. Yet this whole market opportunity is gone.
I'd understand if there were some massive new features that needed to be written in Java to save time -- as I believe is the case with the database app -- but simple stuff like this is scary...
Sorry -- needed that steam-letoffage