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


On 03/12/2010 05:48, Sonic4Spuds wrote:
On 12/02/2010 10:27 AM, Sigrid Carrera wrote:
Hi Marc,

2010/12/2 Marc Paré<marc@marcpare.com>

Le 2010-12-02 02:29, Jean-Baptiste Faure a écrit :
Although a good idea, I would still like to see an installer do this
rather than the language pack.
Hmm, on MS-Windows language packs are installed by an installer in the
same way as the core application.
The difference is that this installer is localized. There is nothing to add in the language packs, only to modify them in order they are able to
drive the installer of the core application.

Best regards
JBF

Ah .. I am just looking at the language packs for linux distributions.
Could anyone on the list explain how users install language packs on LO
(I'm using the .rpm version as reference point here). It looks like they
come in a ".tar.gz" file and when uncompressed a folder is created with
a lot of .rpm files. There doesn't seem to be an installer that comes
along with them and the user is left to use console to install. It this
right?

Why ship an installer, when it is preferred to use the package manager from
your Linux distribution? For Mandriva (on the console) do the following:

- go to the directory that has all the rpm packages
- su
- (enter password)
- urpmi *.rpm

That installs all packages in the necessary order, you don't have to do
anything else.

As alternative, it should also be possible to use the gui:

(I did not test this, but it should be easily doable)

- Use konqueror / nautilus / dolphin or any other file manager, change into
the folder, that has all your rpms you want to install
- Mark all the files you want to install
- Do a right click and choose "Open with Software installer"
- Enter your root password in the popup
- Installation should be done automatically.

[...]

Sigrid

I think an installer is important because not everyone is on the internet. It would be great for these people to be able to grab the installer at the library, bring it home and install. I was in this situation for a while:-( and found it disappointing and disgusting when projects didn't offer single installers for Linux:-)

For years I only had a connexion in cyber cafes, so I dowloaded the tars on an external device (or sometimes several) and installed at home on my computer. I don't see what you're talking about, your distro has all what you need to install the downloaded archives and manage dependencies.

The only issue that I see still existing currently is the size of the download. When you have a very slow and expensive connexion, it makes LibO very difficult to get and distribute.

Kind regards
Sophie


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