Monday Jan 14, 2008

OpenProj 1.0 project manager runs on OpenSolaris Nevada!

OpenProj on Solaris Nevada build 80

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!

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