I am interesting in seeing the costs involved with commissioning the porting of Abiword 2.9.1 to Haiku.
Some information about Haiku (quoted from Wikipedia):
Haiku began as the OpenBeOS project in 2001, the year that Be, Inc. was bought by Palm, Inc. and BeOS development was discontinued; the focus of the project was to support the BeOS user community by creating an open-source, backward-compatible replacement for BeOS. The first project by OpenBeOS was a community-created "stop-gap" update for BeOS 5.0.3 in 2002. In 2003, a non-profit organization (Haiku Inc.) was registered in Rochester, New York, to financially support development, and in 2004, after a notification of infringement upon Palm's trademark on the BeOS name was sent to OpenBeOS, the project was renamed as Haiku. However, development would only reach its first milestone in September 2009 with the release of Haiku R1/Alpha 1. This was followed in May 2010 by R1/Alpha 2, which contains more than 300 bug-fixes and improvements. R1/Alpha 3, released in June 2011, contains additional improvements and more than 950 bug-fixes.
Some information about Abiword (also quoted from Wikipedia):
AbiWord supports both basic word processing features such as lists, indents and character formats, and more sophisticated features including tables, styles, page headers and footers, footnotes, templates, multiple views, page columns, spell checking, and grammar checking. Starting with version 2.8.0, AbiWord includes a collaboration plugin that allows integration with [url removed, login to view], a Web-based service that permits multiple users to work on the same document in real time, in full synchronization. The Presentation view of AbiWord, which permits easy display of presentations created in AbiWord on "screen-sized" pages, is another feature not often found in word processors. However, due to the incomplete compatibility with Microsoft Word, one cannot transfer a complete table. When a table is transferred from AbiWord to Microsoft Word not all of the data will transfer properly.
Pretty much, I am a fan of Haiku and I need a Word Processor so I can using Haiku as my primary system. Some work has already been completed with porting older versions of Abiword to Haiku, so a starting base already exists. I am happy to look into this for the chosen developer.
Obviously, the end result will be released online under the GPL for everyone to use and enjoy.
If you have never programmed in Haiku (or BeOS) here is some information on developing for the system (and much more can be found online): [url removed, login to view]
Any questions, feel free to get in contact with me.