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As todd rme has suggested, there exists automated packaging tools. I had not run across that in my readings. I don't use openSUSE, but good to know.

My original suggestions regarding a separate repository had been meant to avoid 'package purgatory' where the distributions would relegate LibO to, strictly for example, debian/unstable or debian/experimental. This may preclude the average user from finding and installing LibO to their computer.

Even if there are build services available, the suggestion of packaging LibO , even if it was temporary, was to enable LibO availability for the average user. I'm under the assumption that distributions won't pick up LibO just because of what it once was. Sure, other distributions will apply their own stuff to the packaging (Ubuntu being the prime example) but can we put LibO *now* into the hands of the average user?

The idea of a distinct and stand-alone updater was to allow for the different use cases with variable distribution/OS platforms, end use environment (single user vs group vs enterprise). The idea is not to build something from scratch, but to pull out the existing updater and make a standalone program. As a standalone program, it can be tweaked/altered/improved without affecting the revision of the main program as a whole.

Scott Furry

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