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[tdf-discuss] Feature request: Improve administrative installation on Windows


Hi all,
I'm currently working on a large scale implementation of LibreOffice. We are
talking about 10.000+ users.

One thing I have discovered is that the current multi language installation
requires quite some extra effort to accomplish our goals.

The default installation implements a large number of languages with English
as the default. I thought it was supposed to default the Windows
locale/language settings but it seems that it doesn't work. Another thing is
that most of the machines are quite small and we would like to economize
with disk space.

To obtain only one language installed requires manipulation of the msi
package (or by the use of a mst transformation file). Next upgrade will
require that we once again create new msi files or mst files.

An alternative solution is to install all the languages and then control the
default language using an extension.

We managed to install what we wanted, but it seems to me that it could be
done easier. The installation mechanism supports parameters in the
installation but the LibreOffice msi packages doesn't take these parameters
to control language(s) to install.

I would like to propose that the current Windows installation mechanism gets
a makeover with the focus on administrative installation and administration
of thousands of computers. Easy administration (or at least not difficult
administration) is one of many decision parameters when a solution is
selected. Currently I believe that LibreOffice is one of the most
complicated in the marked.

Just my two cents :-)


Cheers,
Leif Lodahl

The Danish Team

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