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 Hi all,

Well I have recently acquired a new Macbook Pro for work to replace my
old Linux netbook (RIP, sniff), and I also have a Windows XP machine
reserved for certain Windows only software that doesn't run well under
emulation, so I have been used to using OOo on all 3 platforms. On my
Mac I currently have OOo, NeoOffice and LibO. Of the three "competitors"
(for want of a better expression), NeoOffice seems to provide the
smoothest update system so far, being able to push small updates
relatively frequently. The other two at the moment require a complete
download and re-install, not really optimal.

Would I love LibO to be updated in smaller increments, the way Sun used
to do it with StarOffice ? Yes, please :-)

Whilst the installation of LibO on the Mac was painless, it still
represents a large download. Also, the installation set of LibO (and of
course OOo) on Mac is huge, totalling over 400 Mo : half a gig for an
office suite, now that's big and it seems to get bigger with each major
revision !! I haven't seen many other Mac programs occupy as much disk
space, except for some games. I seem to recall that the Linux and
Windows versions are significantly smaller than that once installed. If
there was some way that LibO could use the stuff from NeoOffice for
updating then I feel that that would be a pretty good way to go. When
Neo has an update available, it tells you on startup. You can ignore the
update message, or click on it to be taken to the website to download
it. It then proceeds to download the fixpack from the server.
Installation is by double-click on a disk image that turns out to be a
compressed pkg file, but it installs like most of the other Mac pkg
files, click, click, accept licence terms, click choose disk, install,
enter password, end of story. Nice, clean, neat.

I have seen even smoother updates for other software : Adium for example
AFAIK, which just seems to look them up, download, install and restart
all in one fell swoop - how cool is that ?

Just my two cents.


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