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Hi Todd, 
Am Tue, 12 Oct 2010 13:14:49 -0400 schrieb todd rme:
On Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 8:47 AM, Charles Marcus
<> wrote:
On 2010-10-10 12:48 AM, todd rme wrote:
There is another, somewhat independent issue that has occurred to me.
What about how the components are split up?  The issues are somewhat
different for windows and mac than they are for linux.

The bottom line reality is, they are not split up now, and doing so
would most likely be a massive undertaking.

In a sense, they are split up.  In Linux most distributions seem to
split them up, at least all the ones I have used do, and in windows it
is possible to only install the components you want. 

More or less right. More below. 

I have never tried it on Mac so I don't know for certain.

On the Mac this isn't possible at the moment. 

So on Linux, they will be split up whether we want them to be or not.
The question is whether they will be split up in a consistent manner
across distributions or an inconsistent manner.  I would say a
consistent manner is better.

Yes they are split up, but if you take a closer look nearly all the 
packages depend on one big core packages and smaller application 
packages and you always need this big core package, even if you 
only wanted to install the Math-Editor or Impress. 

Afaik this is for historical reasons when LibO still was StarOffice 
and featured it's own desktop, email and organizer. 

For windows, since the installer already knows how to only install the
parts you want, and the updater must be able to only download the
updates for the parts you actually have installed, then if we combine
the updater and installer into one program it shouldn't be too
difficult during installation to make it only download the parts you
actually want to install.

For Windows it's the same, one big core and therefore you only save 
a few MB if you decide to install only Writer and Calc and not 
Impress and Draw. You would have to break up this big LibO core if 
you really like to have stand-alone applications that would save 
disk space if you don't want to install the applications you don't 
want to. You would have to go through the code see which parts of 
this big block are needed by every application and which are 
application specific and then rewrite the new stand alone 

I don't know if the above is right from a coders point of view but 
from an end-user point of view I understood it this way. 


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