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[tdf-discuss] Re: Install path for LibreOffice under Windows


Hi Stuart

Thank you for your answer!


V Stuart Foote wrote
There are a few issues that make it problematic.  Paramount is that the
.MSI packaging for Microsoft Installer is kind of fragile, and Andras
Timar is just one deep as primary maintainer of the multilanguage
packaging.  We'd need to hear from Andras and some of the other Windows
integrators about just how much work is needed--and what it could
potentially break.  And also their assessment of the impact it would have
on addressing other higher priority issues with Windows builds, e.g. file
associations, 64-bit installer logic, integration with Windows 8 shell,
etc.

That is exactly what I would like to hear. I believe that it would make file
associations easier (because the path would not change with each new .1
version)


V Stuart Foote wrote
One unintentional advantage of retaining a versioned installation under
Windows is the ability to cleanly install the base program and bundled
extensions into its own directory with no impact from non-managed
extensions.

That is a two edged sword :) On one hand it does start from a clean slate.
On the other hand the user/admin will have to remember and reinstall all the
extensions set for all users. And that can be a serious productivity
stopper...

I believe that in the future LO must have a compatibility checker like
Mozilla

Another disadvantage is that for each .1 update there will be a remaining
\LO x.x\shared folder left behind. That means that someone who has been
updating since version 3.3 and is now using 4.0 should now have four
leftover folders.
This has two down sides: The wasted disk space (depending on the number of
extensions used) and the "sloppy" image (I know other Windows uninstallers
fail to remove all traces, but those are the BAD uninstallers and LO doesn't
want to compare to those ;) )


V Stuart Foote wrote
None the less, it is a reasonable enhancement, submit an enhancement
bug--should get additional perspective that way.

Will do. But I would like to have some more feedback on this topic. Maybe
even from Andras, since you mention he is the expert.

Pedro



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