Hello to all,
This is my first message on this mailing list. It's my first on any mailing
Let me introduce myself (Skip this if you like). My name is Sebastian G.,
but you can call me bastik. I'm German if anyone cares. You can find me on
the libreoffice IRC channel from time to time. I was a (long-term) user of
OpenOffice before and may become one again if Oracle donates the name to
LibreOffice. At work I got MS Office 2003 to use. Before I had to use MSO
2007. I used Abiword for testing purpose too. So I think I have an
The decision to switch to LibreOffice is more or less political; based on
ideals. Before the sunset I hadn't realized how many things were carried by
it. Unfortunately those things seem to be left in the dark now.* No
communication is a bad thing, the good thing is one can do a fork.
As end user the only thing I can to is giving feedback, reporting bugs and
Thank you for serving downloads through torrents. I will seed LOs' final
releases. (I seeded OO before)
Recommendations for LibreOffice:
I'd like to ask for some changes. Most of them should be cosmetic.
Installer for Windows:
- Don't install the “Starter” by
default. One thing I dislike from the time I installed OpenOffice the very
first time. It might be useful to some, but most won't really need it.
It's just something that clutters the system and may slowdown the system
start-up. On a typical (windows) computer you'll find much stuff that
starts with the system. IMO LibreOffice shouldn't do that by default. Who
wants (and needs) it can still enable it. You may can add a check-box to
the installer to enable it quickly for those who mind to use the advanced
Reduce the amount of plug-ins that get installed by default. On some
systems space is rare. For those who knew what they don't need it's easy
to deselect them, but for the average user it's too complicated. You may
can create presets like “install all plug-ins” and
“install essential plug-ins only” or something like that.
Don't add any browser tool-bars or similar to the installer. Thank you.
Updates on Windows:
- Try to achieve an incrementally update process.
Maybe directly like Firefox or as small manual download. Windows has a bad
management for third-party software. There's no packet-manager. Even if
just a few things changed the whole installer needs to be downloaded. Not
everywhere high-speed internet is available; also some need to pay for the
actual traffic. From 3.2 to 3.2.1 of OO for example. This would make
LibreOffice better than OpenOffice. It might have a positive effect on
your traffic too.
- Create a light version. Writer, Calc and maybe
Impress. OpenOffice is only an office suite, but the average user may only
need something to write a letter and the ability to create sheets;
eventually something to create a presentation.
Release a portable version. This can be accomplished by a third-party. For
example PortableApps.com. They release a portable version of OpenOffice
too, but you have to use the full suite. If it's impossible to select the
components, the light version would be good for such a release.
- Use small toolbar icons by default. I disliked
the big toolbar icons and changed them.
Think about disabling the find toolbar by default. CTRL+F is much quicker.
Never use Ribbons. I heard rumors about plans to use them in OpenOffice
and hoped that it would be possible to switch to the normal toolbar. Now I
hope that LibreOffice won't use ribbons at all.
The right-click menu should open faster. (might be the font entry that
slows it down)
The language selection for the spellchecker could be extended by a
check-box “show installed languages only” to speed up language
- The extension manager should be able to disable
extensions. Removing them through the manager would be cool too.
Cache the results of the font preview. The format toolbar creates a
preview of all fonts. This is repeated over and over again. Caching the
preview would speed this up.
I may forgot something, but it's enough anyway.
*Without sunlight those flowers will die.
Thanks to anyone who is working on LibreOffice in any way.
BTW this was written in LO Writer BETA 2.
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styling. Next should be text only.
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