: Older Mac Mini does not like Open Office


VieleKatzen
Jun 28th, 2017, 08:01 PM
I'm having trouble with the version of Word on my Mac Mini and several people have recommended Open Office.

However, my computer will not open it as it has an "unidentified developer" and the computer will only open apps from the App Store or "identified developers."

The Mini is about 7 years old and I made the error of installing Sierra on it several months ago.

Memory is 2GB.

Any suggestions, or is it a lost cause?

For the record, my version of Word has suddenly decided it wants my Secret Squirrel code number that I used to instal it ... 7 years ago. I have no clue what it is anymore and have so far been unable to find the paperwork, and would prefer not to pay Microsoft the fee they demand to give me a new one.

eMacMan
Jun 28th, 2017, 09:21 PM
Couple of thoughts here. First of all 2GB RAM is overwhelmingly inadequate for Sierra.

Second you can over ride the install blocker in the more recent versions of OS X. At the moment I cannot remember the method, but it is possible.

VieleKatzen
Jun 28th, 2017, 10:30 PM
Re: the RAM and Sierra ... yes, I found that out the hard way, unfortunately. :D Am undecided at this point whether to add more memory, or just save up my pennies for a whole new machine.

Thanks for the advice on overriding; I will see what I can dig up on that.

pm-r
Jun 28th, 2017, 10:48 PM
If your Sierra is not allowing your admin user to install or do what you want with your Mac, just use the Disable System Integrity Protection option.

To do so just use the directions here:
How to Turn off System Integrity Protection in Mac OS X El Capitan and macOS Sierra
https://www.igeeksblog.com/how-to-disable-system-integrity-protection-on-mac/

If you need more info, even this simple search 'Sierra disable' will work to get lots of hits:
https://www.google.ca/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=Sierra+disable&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=hFpUWf-3Dune8Ae3r43ADw

Or try this:
How to Allow Apps from Anywhere in macOS Sierra Gatekeeper
How to Allow Apps from Anywhere in macOS Sierra Gatekeeper | OSXDaily (http://osxdaily.com/2016/09/27/allow-apps-from-anywhere-macos-gatekeeper/)


PS: Make really sure that what you're installing with the "SIP" disabled, that it came from a legit and trusted Mac site!!!




- Patrick
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CubaMark
Jun 29th, 2017, 01:02 AM
Suggestions:

Getting around the problem with opening a non-App Store application is as easy as right-clicking on the program icon and choosing "Open". You'll still receive a challenge, but you can open the app (and that choice is "sticky" - you can hit a checkmark and it will essentially "whitelist" the app in question).

Also: OpenOffice is shutting down (shut down?). Better alternative, which is just another fork in the open-source office suite, is LibreOffice (http://libreoffice.org). Version 5 (latest) is very good.

RAM: More of it, you need. Happy you will be, once installed. And maybe even consider an SSD....

wonderings
Jun 29th, 2017, 11:45 AM
You can install it, just do as PMR posted. MacOS built in protection, a bit over the top but I am sure it is helpful for some. You can disable this and install anything from anywhere, just make sure you know where the software is coming from.

You can upgrade the RAM, it is cheap and should be an easy process on your mac mini.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5uvIBpTSaQ

pm-r
Jun 29th, 2017, 12:35 PM
Getting around the problem with opening a non-App Store application is as easy as right-clicking on the program icon and choosing "Open".

That's a good suggestion Mark — for IF and when it works.

Unfortunately for many, for some reason and I don't know why, the "Open" nor the "OK" button is even available.
I've even encountered the same problem myself in both Mavericks and Sierra. And Sierra seems to be the most stubborn in my experience, hence my "disable" with Terminal suggestion.

Just saying…

CubaMark
Jun 29th, 2017, 12:43 PM
That's a good suggestion Mark — for IF and when it works.

Unfortunately for many, for some reason and I don't know why, the "Open" nor the "OK" button is even available.

Huh. Interesting - I've not had that problem with Sierra to date. So I guess, it's YMMV :o

pm-r
Jun 29th, 2017, 12:44 PM
You can upgrade the RAM, it is cheap and should be an easy process on your mac mini.

And don't forget to checkout our own members CanadaRAM site for your mini's RAM upgrade:
Canada RAM sells memory in Canada - Apple Macintosh Mac Mini Intel and G4 (http://canadaram.com/apple_mini_intel_g4.htm)

TiltAgain
Jun 30th, 2017, 02:49 AM
That's a good suggestion Mark — for IF and when it works.

Unfortunately for many, for some reason and I don't know why, the "Open" nor the "OK" button is even available.
I've even encountered the same problem myself in both Mavericks and Sierra. And Sierra seems to be the most stubborn in my experience, hence my "disable" with Terminal suggestion.

Just saying…

I have had this happened a few times. All I do is Command-click the app and say Open.

Cheers

pm-r
Jun 30th, 2017, 12:12 PM
I have had this happened a few times. All I do is Command-click the app and say Open.

Cheers



Good to know, thanks Tilt.

IllusionX
Jul 1st, 2017, 08:35 AM
Suggestions:

Getting around the problem with opening a non-App Store application is as easy as right-clicking on the program icon and choosing "Open". You'll still receive a challenge, but you can open the app (and that choice is "sticky" - you can hit a checkmark and it will essentially "whitelist" the app in question).

Also: OpenOffice is shutting down (shut down?). Better alternative, which is just another fork in the open-source office suite, is LibreOffice (http://libreoffice.org). Version 5 (latest) is very good.

RAM: More of it, you need. Happy you will be, once installed. And maybe even consider an SSD....
I'm not sure about OpenOffice shutting down, but it was purchased by Oracle a couple years ago, and the open-source office spun off as LibreOffice.

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CubaMark
Jul 1st, 2017, 12:21 PM
I'm not sure about OpenOffice shutting down, but it was purchased by Oracle a couple years ago, and the open-source office spun off as LibreOffice.

You have the story a wee bit confused ;)

Oracle abandoned OpenOffice in 2010, a couple of years later it fell into the hands of Apache, and by 2011 it was essentially an "orphan". 2010 was also the departure point for OpenOffice and LibreOffice branches, with the latter being much more frequently updated.

The full and interesting story is here:

OpenOffice is dead. Long live LibreOffice (http://www.zdnet.com/article/openoffice-is-dead-long-live-libreoffice/) | ZDNet (September 2016)

;)