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From Fernando Cassia <>
Subject Re: Use AOO under IBM AIX?
Date Tue, 30 Jul 2013 03:12:25 GMT
On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 8:54 PM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
> IBM is a big company, and I don't have regular context with any AIX
> people right now.  I did a decade ago when I was working on C++ port
> of Apache Xalan, the XSLT processor.  Getting it to work on AIX was a
> key requirement.  Of course, that was quite a while ago.  But I can
> ask around to see if anyone is interested and AOO port.
> As others are saying, this is a big task for one person, but there is
> sufficient interest, of the kind that leads to more developer
> volunteers, then anything is possible.

If you read fully the 2009 mailing list thread that I pointed
earlier you will se that at one point on it, someone mentions an
alternative repository which has newer versions of some of the ported
Linux libs to AIX than the ones at IBMs Toolbox page. If you can get
from such site newer ported versions of linux libs gnu tools and and
build environment (gcc etc) then you will be halfway there.

Like old Sunsite for Solaris, which took popular FOSS GNU/Linux apps
and ported those to Solaris, I think its highly likely that some
hardcore aix sysadmins out there might have newer gnu components built
for aix on their own ftp server. It usually doesnt take many people to
do that, just a single commited individual can do it. Im saying this
because I know that the IBM OS/2 ports of popular FOSS apps like
apache, postgresql and php are the effort of a single person in

Wait, I saved you some work, here is the AIX site referenced above:

"On this website you find AIX Open Source packages which I have
compiled, tested (as much as I can) and packaged on AIX5L V5.1 or
higher. They are intended to replace 100%-compatible the IBMTM AIX
Toolbox for Linux Applications. These packages are provided as-is,
meaning I support them as much as I can"
the "update history" link shows he last updated packages 5 days ago.

Its safe to conclude,then, that IBM Toolbox for AIX is dead and
buried, and that if one intends to get Apache Openoffice 4 built for
AIX, one should get the latest gnu tools,linux libs and compilers
ported to AIX from Michael Perlz site, not the IBM

By reading his "about me" page, he sounds like someone who should be
kindly invited here...

Ok, enough thinking aloud for today... hope this helps...
PS: I'd tell IBM to edit the Toolbox pages to highlight its an
abandoned effort....
During times of Universal Deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act
Durante épocas de Engaño Universal, decir la verdad se convierte en un
Acto Revolucionario
- George Orwell

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