Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Dec 2006 18:35 UTC, submitted by Patrik Buckau
Features, Office "OpenOffice.org 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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RE[2]: As RPMs
by smitty on Tue 12th Dec 2006 22:10 UTC in reply to "RE: As RPMs"
smitty
Member since:
2005-10-13

If you just wait a week or two for your distro to package it for you, then everything is extremely pain-free. OTOH, if you like living on the edge and downloading software right off the internet then it can be quite interesting, sometimes.

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RE[3]: As RPMs
by WorknMan on Tue 12th Dec 2006 22:35 in reply to "RE[2]: As RPMs"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

If you just wait a week or two for your distro to package it for you, then everything is extremely pain-free. OTOH, if you like living on the edge and downloading software right off the internet then it can be quite interesting, sometimes.

So a new version of something comes out, I have to wait 2 weeks for my distro to package it for me? What if they don't? And why is downloading software right off the internet considered to be 'living on the edge'? I do it all the time. Off course, I'm not using Linux either ;)

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RE[4]: As RPMs
by RenatoRam on Tue 12th Dec 2006 22:58 in reply to "RE[3]: As RPMs"
RenatoRam Member since:
2005-11-14

If your distro does not package an application, file a bug. If that does not work, change distro.

Downloading stuff from the internet *in linux* means you are downloading software not tested for your distro: that's what a distribution is for.

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RE[4]: As RPMs
by smitty on Tue 12th Dec 2006 23:11 in reply to "RE[3]: As RPMs"
smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

And why is downloading software right off the internet considered to be 'living on the edge'? I do it all the time.

I call it that because it is software that hasn't been QA'd by your distro/OS maker, which means it might not be secure and might not have a lot of the unofficial patches distros make to fix bugs and make it more integrated. Also, if you just wait a couple of days it is done for you so there really isn't any need to get the bleeding edge version that was just released today.

So a new version of something comes out, I have to wait 2 weeks for my distro to package it for me? What if they don't?

Then you are using a pretty crappy distro, to be brutally honest. Either that or you are using something like Slackware and have chosen not to use a package manager. Or you're talking about software that can't legally be distributed by the distros, which does suck, but luckily there really isn't a whole lot of that in Linux.

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RE[4]: As RPMs
by bornagainenguin on Tue 12th Dec 2006 23:18 in reply to "RE[3]: As RPMs"
bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

What are you using then? Windows?

--bornagainpenguin

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RE[4]: As RPMs
by thebluesgnr on Wed 13th Dec 2006 00:31 in reply to "RE[3]: As RPMs"
thebluesgnr Member since:
2005-11-14

So a new version of something comes out, I have to wait 2 weeks for my distro to package it for me? What if they don't? And why is downloading software right off the internet considered to be 'living on the edge'? I do it all the time. Off course, I'm not using Linux either ;)

OpenOffice.org is a core component of many GNU/Linux distributions.

If you want the latest version of Internet Explorer or Windows Media Player for your OS, you have to wait for the vendor of the OS as well. For example, Windows 2000 users are now waiting for the two I mentioned.

OO.org provides RPM packages, and if they did their jobs correctly it should work fine on any LSB-compliant system. But if you want something that was certified and tested to work on your OS, you should stick to their packages for core components of the system.

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RE[3]: As RPMs
by rm6990 on Wed 13th Dec 2006 03:08 in reply to "RE[2]: As RPMs"
rm6990 Member since:
2005-07-04

If you just wait a week or two for your distro to package it for you, then everything is extremely pain-free. OTOH, if you like living on the edge and downloading software right off the internet then it can be quite interesting, sometimes.

Or you can run Windows or OS X and install programs from wherever and never have it be difficult.... Just a thought.

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RE[4]: As RPMs
by hal2k1 on Wed 13th Dec 2006 03:12 in reply to "RE[3]: As RPMs"
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

//Or you can run Windows or OS X and install programs from wherever and never have it be difficult.... Just a thought.//

Of course, at the same time, you would realise that the practice of "installing programs from wherever" is a paradise scenario for infection by trojans.

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RE[4]: As RPMs
by gilboa on Wed 13th Dec 2006 05:15 in reply to "RE[3]: As RPMs"
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

Or you can run Windows or OS X and install programs from wherever and never have it be difficult.... Just a thought.

What a load of ****!
If you're using Windows and/or OSX, OO.org already done the packaging for you.
But don't let the facts get in your way.

- Gilboa

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