Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th May 2009 14:23 UTC, submitted by hotice
KDE While most people focus on Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org as being each other's competitors, there's a third player in this market: KOffice. While KOffice is obviously geared towards use on KDE, it's available for Windows, Mac OS X, and GNOME-based distributions as well, making it much more platform-independent than Microsoft's Office suite. Version 2.0.0 was released today, and comes with a whole boatload of improvements.
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WereCatf
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2006-02-15

What a joke! Look I understand that package-managers make it much easier for developers to manage code, push out updates, etc--but trying to bolt on a package-manager for Windows is just broken behavior for that platform plain and simple. I shouldn't have to sit there and try to figure out what libraries I may or may not need and whether or not the application I want is in packages A) B) or C).

A package-manager is not "just broken behaviour" for Windows at all. It'd be equally awesome as it is in Linux IF it was as well supported, or if someone made an equally good package-manager as there are for Linux. The ones I've seen are more or less half-assed attempts at throwing together something that might or might not work.

I should be able to click through to download an installer and install my application. Furthermore I should be able to get everything in a lump download if that's what I want, not this retarded grab this tiny download-manager and download the application from the internet every time I want to install it! Being able to install software offline is one of the biggest advantages of Windows and it bothers me to lose it because the application developer wants to force platform inappropriate choices on the user.

It is possible to install apps for Linux without internet connection. You just might need to download a few packages instead of just one. It is still very much possible as usually the websites also provide links to any dependencies you might need. Still, it'd be nice if you had one single package, just for arguments sake let's call it SuperRPM, that you'd download from the net and would just double-click and install it. The file itself would just hold the regular RPM-file and its dependies, so the system would only install those dependencies from there if needed. Hell, a single .zip file renamed to .superrpm with files "MyApp.rpm", "Dependency1.rpm" and "Dependency2.rpm" would suffice for that and still make installation A LOT easier than it currently is.

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