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On 10/15/2010 2:16 PM, Marc Paré wrote:
I would be careful in trimming too many extensions. People coming from 
MSOffice will expect full compatibility and if it is not there, and they 
have to "work" at it to get it to do the same thing, well, we will lose 
them. We should make sure that LibO is as able (at it's most minimal 
state) to do as much as MSOffice. Don't trim off extensions to the point 
where the vanilla version does less.

I agree with that, but I also see where users in a corporate environment
might need (for legal purposes) to not have certain extensions included
due to licensing. (GPL, for all the good it does, creates some issues in
this regard.) And, as was mentioned, not everyone has a JRE installed.

On the other hand, there are some extensions I see as so useful, I can't
imagine working without them. (The BookmarksMenu extension has become so
ingrained in my work habits that I lose tons of time when I can't use it
for one reason or another. Ditto with the PDF Import extension, and
several others that I've probably forgotten were even extensions.) I
would love to have them installed automatically instead of having to
waste time hunting them down and manually installing them every time I
do an install.

Can the solution be as simple as including the ten or so most popular
extensions in the package (license-permitting, of course) with an option
at the installation to select the ones you want? Adobe does this (or,
they used to) with Illustrator. It could be part of the "custom install"
options (along the lines of choosing whether or not to install the
ActiveX document reader). If selecting this option as part of the
"custom install" is not the best solution, maybe a simple dialog box at
the beginning: "Select which extensions to install:" with a "SELECT ALL"
and "SELECT NONE" option available.

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