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 On 10/09/2010 05:23 PM, Scott Furry wrote:
 LibreOffice Community,

As suggested, this post is intended to get the opinion of the community about how best to deliver LibreOffice to its users.

Given that LibreOffice is an important and viable alternative to paid-for office productivity software, and we all feel strongly and passionately about the direction of LibreOffice, input about the community members' expectations/needs/users is needed.

From what we have heard on this topic so far:

- Mac users have commented that they do not have an issue with the current installer available on the Mac platform.

- Window users indicated that an update mechanism would be great. Some commented that the current Windows installer leaves artifacts behind. The Windows Installer does not detect/remove previous installations properly.

- Linux users have discussed vast amounts opinions on packaging in Linux. Some have questioned if distributing packages is a good thing.


This survey is to gauge the views of the LibreOffice community on the install/update method of LibreOffice. Please voice your opinion so that these considerations may be taken into account when the LibreOffice method of install/update is studied by the developer team. Please *bottom-post* your opinions.

How do you expect LibreOffice to be updated?

How do you Install/Update LibreOffice?

What do you expect when Installing/Updating LibreOffice?

Other programs have separate updating programs (iTunes being an example), if it was technically feasible, would having a separate install program for LibreOffice (with updating features) be useful to you?

Would having a download and update site, as well as a Unix|Linux package repository site, be of value to you?


Please note that I am not affiliated with DocumentFoundation. I am like you, a community member who wants to see LibreOffice be very successful.

So let's hear what you think folks?

Scott Furry

Currently run LibreOffice on both Linux Mint and Windows XP platforms.

How do you expect LibreOffice to be updated?

After the initial install, I would prefer something similar to what Mozilla does with FF and TB - incremental updates.

How do you install/update LibreOffice?

On Win XP, this is a full download of the file. Unfortunately, like OOo, it leaves quite a bit of leftover files. Who knows if I actually found all of them in an effort to keep things as clean as possible.

On Linux Mint, this was a download of a deb file and install using the CLI. Then some hunting around to find the files since the desktop didn't pick it up (I understand this may be better as it gets out of beta). I have it running, but a lot of poking around since I'm not real familiar with the install process.

What do you expect when installing/updating LibreOffice?

As said, an incremental update would be preferable. On Win XP, would prefer install files not be put on the desktop by default and wherever they go, they should be removed at the end of the install process. Would really like it if it could be installed without Admin rights. On Linux Mint, main thing would be an easy way to find the updates and be able to install with a couple mouse clicks.

Having a separate program to handle the updating?

Would be fine with me.

Having a download/update site or repository site for Linux be useful?

Definitely if some clear instructions/guidance are provided for using it.



Jeff Causey

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