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Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: A better idea for a download package.


NoOp wrote:
On 11/26/2010 12:16 PM, Robert Derman wrote:
Marc Paré wrote:
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Of these two options, I would prefer being offered the menu AFTER having downloaded the LO suite. The reason for this: some users may find that downloading the suite took a longer than the anticipated time and they would not have enough time/patience to download the additional items.On the other hand, if the LO suite had taken less anticipated time to download, the user may feel it right to download the extra items.
Marc
Here I really must disagree, I think pretty much everyone knows what sort of internet connection they have, and therefore if the downloadable packages are plainly labeled as to size in megabytes, (which they certainly should be) then they would know what sort of download time is involved. The only real variable here being if the download server is overloaded, and if you watch your download speeds you will know if that is the case.

This is not targeted at Robert, but to all suggesting that bundled
documentation downloads be considered. Keep in mind that one of the
targets for OOo/LO et al is locations/countries/users that cannot, or do
not, wish to pay for MS Office. Many of those are still on dialup (even
in the USA).
Its difficult to really offer any meaningful suggestions until we get beyond the beta stage but once we do, we should really do a better job than OOo ever did of making LO available on disk for all those people with only dial-up or no internet connection at all. I understand that right now due to a lack of server space the current download package is FAR too large. That problem will of course have to be solved. Once there is enough server space, we should offer a choice of download packages, as I have mentioned in previous emails.

I know that virtually all computers made in the last few years have had DVD as opposed to CD optical drives installed. Actually I think it is 5-6 years now. What I am getting at with this is that the LO disk could be a DVD disk rather than a CD disk. Or at least it could be available on both kinds of disk. Anyway, the cost of DVD blanks is not significantly more than CD blanks, and a DVD would offer more than enough space for everything TDF has to offer.

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