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On Wed, 2011-01-05 at 17:38 +0100, Jonathan Aquilina wrote:
What about bundling it with the downloadable installer?

I think that there are legitimately two separate items here:
LibreOffice - the application suite
LibreOffice focused distribution 

Right now, IMO, there is no consensus for adding an email client into
the application suite, but there is much interest from many community
members to bundle.

This bundling takes place all the time actually - If you think about it
this is no different from what the different Linux distro's do, at least
on the surface.

More then that however individuals and small teams do it all the time -
a classic case is Cofry over at the OO.o web forums (I notice he is now
active at also) - he for a number of years produced
a Christmas CD - it was his take of what packages would best introduce a
Windows user to FOSS, OO.o was one of the key packages.

So in the case of LibreOffice it makes sense to have this one singular
project responsible for producing the suite, and even to have a
reference ISO for a simple disk of LibreOffice binaries.

But distribution can also focus on particular user groups, this can be
functional or it can be regional (Language) specific. Here I think that
trying to control this from TDF is counter productive - the best return
for the project at a whole would to be to encourage packages to form
teams to address these different niche use cases.



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