Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Feb 2013 20:57 UTC
Features, Office "The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.0, the free office suite the community has been dreaming of since 2001. LibreOffice 4.0 is the first release that reflects the objectives set by the community at the time of the announcement, in September 2010: a cleaner and leaner code base, an improved set of features, better interoperability, and a more diverse and inclusive ecosystem."
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Linux version is very poorly packaged
by rklrkl on Thu 7th Feb 2013 22:26 UTC
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Yes, I know, you're going to scream "use your standard repos to install LibreOffice", but I run CentOS 6 at home and work and the chances of it releasing LO 4 any time soon are pretty remote.

Has anyone actually looked at how LibreOffice is "officially" packaged on the libreoffice.org site for Linux? It's terrible! Over 50 RPMs bundled across up to 3 .tar.gz downloads with apparently non-US users having to download the en-US version, delete all the en-US RPMs, delete the Spanish and French dictionary RPMs, then download two other packages (help and language packs) for their own language.

It gets worse - the morons at LibreOffice have different install trees for even minor point releases (e.g. /opt/openoffice3.5 vs. /opt/openoffice3.6) and then even more stupidly hard-code the version number into the package name (e.g. libreoffice3.6, libreoffice4.0 etc) which is 100% wrong and means you have to manually uninstall the old RPMs (rpm -e them) before installing the updated version - arrgh!

Yes, I know the version thing lets you install 2 versions at once, but who other than developers will *ever* do that? What's annoying is that the devs that might need to do that have their *own* Lodev RPMs with the dual-install capability. And switching versions isn't hard - remove old RPMs, install new ones or vice versa. No need for both to be installed at once for a typical user.

Worst...RPM...packaging...ever...

Edited 2013-02-07 22:29 UTC

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