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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 
spreading LO.        

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 
install option.            
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 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.        

         P.S. sorry for the HTML mail, but it was required for the 
styling. Next should be text only.        

Best Regards,        



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