OpenProj 1.0 project manager runs on OpenSolaris Nevada!
By bnitz on Jan 14, 2008
I must confess that I've used Microsoft Windows at work a few times in the past 6.5 years. Three MS Windows only applications have occasionally been part of my job. The first was a proprietary browser test suite which is now very outdated, the second is a CD/DVD burning server which would definitely be more usable on a stable OS such as Solaris or NetBSD, and the third was Microsoft Project, an application favored by project managers. Now thanks to the people at OpenProj, I hope the Sun can set on Microsoft Windows at least within my daily work life.
I first learned about OpenProj from my friend Ron at inventors garage. OpenProj is "A desktop replacement for Microsoft Project. It is capable of sharing files with Microsoft Project and has very similar functionality (Gantt, PERT diagram, histogram, charts, reports, detailed usage), as well as tree views which aren't in MS Project." OpenProj is a Java/Swing application but a minor incompatibility between the Solaris and Linux tail command prevented the OpenProj launcher from working on Solaris. When I mentioned this, the helpful people at Projity fixed it a few days before OpenProj 1.0 was released. Thank you! If only other ISVs were as responsive in making their product available for a rapidly growing O.S. marketshare. Adobe are you listening?
OpenProj looks to be a very useful alternative to Microsoft Project. I hope OpenApp is deployed on Sun's internal Sun Ray servers as soon as possible so more of us, including VPs and other project managers, can say goodbye to Microsoft Windows forever.