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On 07/06/2011 03:45 AM, Robert Derman wrote:
Ian Lynch wrote:
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.
Someone explained here in a more detailed and understandable way just what the nature of the design of Staroffice actually is. That in fact it is just one big program and the different modules are just different about 300 K each user interfaces which present different controls and screens to the user.

As just one (of many) simple examples, Consider Calc. Each cell contains a text object. The text object is the main component for a Writer document. So, to provide a stand alone Calc document, you must also support most (if not all) of the things related to a text object.

Given the incestuous dependencies between modules, the difference in size between a single component and all components is likely small. That said, Some people may not care and desire to remove the other components while retaining integrated functionality (I mean I may not want Base, but I still desire to be able to do a mail merge). Feels like a lot of work for very little return.

Andrew Pitonyak
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