has committed to helping produce a Mac OS X version of the popular OpenOffice.org
The company will assign two paid developers to the effort, which is currently staffed entirely by volunteers.
"If you look around at conferences and airport lounges, you will notice that more and more people are using Apple notebooks these days," Phillipp Lohmann, one of the Sun developers, wrote on a company blog.
"We are supporting this port because of the interest and activity of the community wanting this port."
OpenOffice.org offers a free alternative to Microsoft Office
. Sun kick-started the project in 2000 when it released its StarOffice suite under an open source licence, and is still the largest single contributor to the project.
Sun also uses some OpenOffice.org source code as the base for its commercial StarOffice
A spokesperson for the company said it is "quite possible" that the project could eventually lead to a Mac version of Star Office.
Among the projects Lohmann and co-developer Herbert Duerr will help with is a version of OpenOffice.org that is native to Apple's Aqua interface.
The current Mac version of the software requires the use of a plug-in for X11, a user-interface designed for Unix systems. The group is working to create a version that runs within Apple's native interface.
"I am really happy about this new task from a technology standpoint, of course, and for an important social reason: a lot of people I really appreciate are addicted to the Mac," Duerr said in a posting to the project's mailing list.