Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Dec 2006 18:35 UTC, submitted by Patrik Buckau
Features, Office " 2.1 is recommend for all users, as it represents a significant improvement over all previous versions. Among other things: multiple monitor support for Impress; improved Calc HTML export; enhanced Access support for Base; even more languages; automatic notification of updates."
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by hal2k1 on Tue 12th Dec 2006 22:01 UTC in reply to "As RPMs"
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//Everytime an release happens, I keep hoping they will return to their generic Linux installer the <1.0 versions had. Instead I unpack the download and oh boy, a whole slew of rpms! //

My suggestion would be for you to install Smart Package manager. That should be available from your distribution's own repository.

Once you have Smart, then just download the RPMs into a directory, and then add a channel to Smart Package Manager pointing to that directory.

Smart will then happily install the RPMs for you, whatever your Linux distribution is.

Smart Package Manager is (more or less) the equivalent of a generic installer for Linux packages.
"The Smart Package Manager project has the ambitious objective of creating smart and portable algorithms for solving adequately the problem of managing software upgrading and installation. This tool works in all major distributions, and will bring notable advantages over native tools currently in use (APT, APT-RPM, YUM, URPMI, etc).


Channels are the way Smart becomes aware about external repositories of information. Many different channel types are supported, depending on the backend and kind of information desired:

APT-DEB Repository
APT-RPM Repository
DPKG Installed Packages
Mirror Information
Red Carpet Channel
RPM Directory
RPM Header List
RPM MetaData (YUM)
RPM Installed Packages
Slackware Repository
Slackware Installed Packages
URPMI Repository"


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RE[2]: As RPMs
by John Nilsson on Wed 13th Dec 2006 02:41 in reply to "RE: As RPMs"
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Does Smart's wide support for packaging systems mean I can install .rpm packages on my Debian system? Or .deb packages on my RPM-based system?

Short answer: no.

Long answer: no, unless you have the non-native package system installed in the same machine. Even then, that doesn't mean it would be a good idea.

Smart is not meant as an universal wrapper around different package formats. It does support RPM, DEB and Slackware packages on a single system, but won't permit relationships among different package managers. While cross-packaging system dependencies could be enabled easily, the packaging policies simply do not exist today.

This is not at all different from what you can already do. In fact, Debian has been shipping the RPM package manager for a few years now. "Possible" does not equal "good idea", and everybody should stick to their native package format.

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RE[3]: As RPMs
by hal2k1 on Wed 13th Dec 2006 03:09 in reply to "RE[2]: As RPMs"
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//Does Smart's wide support for packaging systems mean I can install .rpm packages on my Debian system? Or .deb packages on my RPM-based system?

Short answer: no. //

It depends, actually.

OpenOffice packages are designed to have minimal dependencies. OpenOffice is largely standalone.

In that case, for, I'm fairly certain that smart would indeed allow you to install OpenOffice RPM packages on your Debian, Mandriva, Fedora, Slackware or SuSe system.

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