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On Thu, 18 Nov 2010 17:05:03 -0600, Harold Fuchs <> wrote:

On 18/11/2010 19:39, Ian Lynch wrote:
On 18 November 2010 14:27, Florian Reisinger<>  wrote:

Has anyone "in authority" asked the PortableApps folk if they'd do a
portable LibO? Can't hurt to ask ...

Has anyone "in authority" asked the Android and/or Apple and/or Symbian
if they'd do a mobile LibO? Can't hurt to ask ...


Harold Fuchs
London, England

That would be a great idea.
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I'd be surprised if Google hadn't already thought about it and so they
probably rejected it. After all they already have Google Docs and my Android phone has ThinkFree Office. Symbian is using K-office. The barrier of the
size of LO is a significant issue. If it is slimmed and phones get more
powerful it can happen but the longer that takes the moore likely it will be
that it is too late :-(. Even a light weight WP based on Writer from a
workflow point of view and supporting odf would be better than nothing. 90% of people simply don't need all the functions for the things they do most
often and this likely what they would do on phone technology.

Your comment about the size of LibO is highly relevant. I've been amazed ever since I first encountered OOo that it isn't in separately installable modules. Perhaps, if it is to make significant inroads into the developing markets, it needs a complete re-design to conform to the Unix philosophy of making small tools that each do one job well but can be easily combined.

OOo is in different modules, but is a bit irrelevant since the core still ocuppies 90% of the overal size. When you install in linux you are faced with a folder with up to 17 different rpm packages. Also a distro will upgrade on different package set. Then again the same is true if you want a KDE app, the core libs will take a very large and pulverized ammount of packages.

ThinkFree seems do do MS Office format only :-( It seems to be able to handle doc, xls etc. but *not* docx, xlsx etc.

Google Docs do ODF there is a whole list of apps that handle ODF. This is more of an ODF conversation but the level of adoption is very big now.

Check this graph:

K-Office seems to be able to handle ODF.

Perhaps LibO is too late for the mobile market, which would be a shame, but I still think a *portable* version would be an excellent "seller".

LibO is already being targeted to be bundled with the WeTab which is a meego driven app. I think mobile development will soon reach the computer specs faster than developing for a mobile specs. There are remote desktop solutions to manage apps from your mobile as well. Mobile custom OS don't allow new toolkits like the one of OOo/LibO which makes it practically impossible to port. As opposed to open OS that allow you to just compile the new toolkit for it.

Android might allow our toolkit but the lack of support of big dependencies like X11 might make it hard to compile for it.

Open mobile platforms like Meego/maemo might have a better choice for the port.

Alexandro Colorado

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