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


Hi, I'm a LO user and that's my opinion about the discussion:

I'm still using LO beta 1 because of its download size.
When I saw the size of package beta 2 and 3, I gave up.

I thought that each beta release I need to download ~300 MB... It's better
for me download this on the stable version.

*Sorry for my english. I'm a good reader, but not a good writer.

[]s,
Daniel Bessa
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On 30 November 2010 16:16, Kevin Vermeer <reemrevnivek@gmail.com> wrote:

Bandwidth is not the only reason for a smaller installer, and I'm not even
sure it's a significant one.  Users with dial-up internet, slow DSL
connections, or bandwidth caps are used to long, long downloads.  The
difference between 3 minutes and 10 minutes might be significant to those
of
us with fast connections, but the difference between 3 hours and 10 hours
is
not as important.  It will just be another overnight download, the same as
every other large installer that they've worked with.

However, let's not forget that many users also have monthly download caps,
often just a few gigabytes.  Downloading the current LibreOffice installer
could be 10% of their monthly internet use, regardless of how long it
takes.  The need for a smaller installer still stands.

Perhaps the installer could be replaced by a small configuration
application, which would allow the user to select the components they wish
to install, and would then download the selected components?  Ideally,
re-running this configuration app later would allow the user to add
language
packs, plugins, and modules like Draw, Base, or Math which had been left
out
the first time around (assuming this code rewrite happens).  This would
simplify the configuration process (avoiding user confusion, they'd know
what they selected in this step), would decrease server bandwidth (many
users would choose not to download some parts of the application), and
reduce the time before a user experiences LibreOffice - Instead of waiting
for their browser to finish the download, they'd be interacting with the
LibreOffice installer right away.
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Kevin Vermeer


On Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 2:44 PM, Robert Derman <
robert.derman@pressenter.com
wrote:

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
suite.


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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