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I have to say I hole heartedly disagree.

Simplicity with choice is great. I agree here, but Keeping our entire
application "Libo" Seamless is a must. The Libo office suite has many
counterparts, tons of differentiating purposes, and needs to fulfil for a
large diverse consumer base with many different needs. But the application
as a hole from introduction - obtaining - installation - updating should be
seamless and easy for the users who know nothing about technology. We, no
matter the process, from discussion, development, and to presenting our
products to the user shall be seamless. Its the right thing to do.

When downloading libreOffice, I think you should get all counterparts (Math,
base, impress, draw etc etc). Giving the option for just one or the other
will create confusion for the customer. I think there are other options to
decrease the overall size of the package to achieve faster downloads.

Can we discuss what other options we can consider, what portions of the
libreoffice are subjective to being removed or split off into a separate
download without compromising the overall user experience.

Also, can we define exactly what we are trying to achieve? Is it just a
smaller package for download options. If so, why?

On Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 2:44 PM, Robert Derman <

With all the discussion of the size of the download package and the
difficulty of including things like manuals I suddenly realized that perhaps
we are going about this thing entirely wrong!  Perhaps what we should do is
offer a CHOICE of several download packages, not just one take it or leave
it package.

 A basic download package with just the core LO Office Suite, like what we
have had up to now, and as an alternative, a Complete package including
users manual(s), templates, extensions, clip art, fonts, anything else that
should be in a complete package.  Perhaps we could even offer a Writer Only
package without Calc, Draw, Impress, Base, or Math, and with just a BRIEF
users manual for Writer.  I suspect that there may be many home users that
just want a word processor and aren't at all interested in the rest of the

Different users have very different internet connections, some are still
dial up.  Some are DSL, and some are Cable and have huge bandwidth.
Offering only a One-Size-Fits-All package may no longer be the best idea.
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