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: As RPMs
by elsewhere on Tue 12th Dec 2006 22:27 UTC in reply to "As RPMs"
elsewhere
Member since:
2005-07-13

Everytime an OO.org 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! Converting them isn't much fun, nor is waiting for a third party to repackage them. They are such a well known Linux product, why can't they at _least_ distribute different package variations, or go back to that lovely generic installer?!

For better or worse, rpm is the LSB standard format for distributing packages. It's up to the distros to provide tools for installing rpm packages if they're going to be LSB compliant, which most aim for to one extent or another. And there's always alien for converting formats.

Besides, I think the ultimate plan is that OOo will start using delta rpms for patches and updates, which offers a significant advantage over having to download 125MB + every time there's a fix or a patch.

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RE[2]: As RPMs
by hal2k1 on Tue 12th Dec 2006 23:28 in reply to "RE: As RPMs"
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

//And there's always alien for converting formats.//

Smart is better than alien.

Smart will do the conversion and the install for you in the one step.

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RE[3]: As RPMs
by elsewhere on Wed 13th Dec 2006 01:19 in reply to "RE[2]: As RPMs"
elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

Smart is better than alien.

Smart will do the conversion and the install for you in the one step.


Yes, but I could probably compile OOo from source in the time it takes Smart to load it's cache file for each operation, let alone do a single alien * && dpkg -i * on a command line.

Smart is intended for multi-repo-type package management, it's overkill as a simple package installer. It's like the difference between using synaptic/apt-get and dpkg -i or rpm -i. Doesn't mean it won't work, though. It's just... overkill.

Personally I'd only use a package manager for installing local packages if I was expecting to download required dependencies, which rarely happens with generic third-party packages.

Still, vive le choice.

edit: typo

Edited 2006-12-13 01:20

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RE[3]: As RPMs
by joeljkp on Wed 13th Dec 2006 03:18 in reply to "RE[2]: As RPMs"
joeljkp Member since:
2005-07-07

Alien does the conversion and install in one step also.

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