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On 5 July 2011 21:58, Robert Derman <> wrote:

e-letter wrote:

As far as the request for the ability to download individual
components of LO, this should not be enabled. The whole concept of the
predecessor staroffice product was to provide various functionalities
in terms of word-processing, spreadsheets, drawing, etc. and this
should be continued.

Perhaps this was a bad idea way back when Staroffice was first designed.

StarO was designed at a time when MSO had set the model for megalithic
design.  You can see why a proprietary software company would do this. It
focuses lock-in to the core productivity that could then extend further and
further. Cooperation between applications through interoperability based on
open standards was part of the original unix design concept but got lost
until the rise of the web. So at the time it was probably not seen to be
such a bad idea but in hindsight it clearly looks that way.

Saying that because a design decision was made 15 or more years ago it
should not be changed is a recipe for disaster. Things change and without
change you will at best get stagnation ad at worst rapid death.

 Those seeking smaller individual components should consider other
programs such as abiword or gnumeric.

More likely Google Docs or similar web based productivity tools where groups
can share and edit data in real time.

Since the ODF is now
established, as long as such programs are odf-compliant, users can
choose more confidently where to use the "whole office" paradigm or
the "unix way"  (i.e. select specific programs to do only specific

ODF is not yet that well established. I wish it was.


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