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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hussam
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2006-08-17

Look at the Windows package, a single MSI with everything you need to install and run the program (minus Java of course). Double click, run, install. Done.

Blame "The Unix Way" mentality for the poor packaging/distribution on Linux.


That's not correct. Windows packaging is terrible. No tracking of shared dependencies. Poor tracking of installed files. Installing application B can overwrite files installed by Application A.
No easy upgrade paths unless programmed by the packager...
Need I go on?
On linux, a package can be installed with a single command that my grandma can type. easily upgradable packages, tracking of shared dependencies, excellent tracking of installed files. Package managers also warn and/or block two packages from installing the same file in the same location.

The main reason why I dropped windows in 2004 IS the software installation/packaging hell.

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