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On 15 May 2011 17:47, Marc Paré <> wrote:

Hi Johnathan and Ian

Thanks Johnathan for your offer of help. I believe this is the kind of help
we would need. We could have a network of testers who could test the server
implementation of LibreOffice and report back to the devs. I still think
that we should also have a "corporate" LibreOffice lab where dedicated devs
would pre-test suites. What better place to have it than official
TDF/LibreOffice head office facilities?

Le 2011-05-15 09:28, Ian Lynch a écrit :

Not sure about in USA/Canada but here in the UK nearly all schools will be
on Active Directory Windows networks so that would be the thing to ensure
was easy to manage.  some will use Ghost or similar imaging tools for
discs so its important to ensure LO works well in these different
I haven't been involved with that side of things for some time so it might
be every thing is fully worked out in that respect now.

Then I guess it would be a question of listing the possible networks and
hoping to have enough individuals testing different network setups.
Logically, the largest 2 would be of most importance, one of them being the
Active Directory Windows network.

Strategically speaking, we would want to include the network where we would
hope to get the largest adoption of the suite in education, if this is the
area we are most concerned with.

Just for my information, is the Active Directory expensive to install? I
would imagine that it is not free.

Active Directory is part of the Windows Server management software. It
determines a whole range of settings such as permissions for accounts, who
can access what software etc. It is complex and differently configured in
different schools.

In my region of Canada, Novell still dominates our educational server
marketshare, although, Linux has become more and more a viable option. I
have been off on sick leave for a year, but at my last meetings, moving to
the Linux platform was taken seriously. Novell was/is pushing more its Linux
solutions to school districts, which by default, would include LibreOffice
the official office suite of choice.

In the UK Novel and Linux servers for files are a tiny minority. Linux
servers are used for proxies, web, firewalls etc but not much for file
serving because of the complexity of Windows software used across schools
and the technician knowledge base in Active Directory.



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