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 hal2k1 on Tue 12th Dec 2006 23:28 UTC 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[4]: As RPMs
by hal2k1 on Wed 13th Dec 2006 02:56 in reply to "RE[3]: As RPMs"
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

//let alone do a single alien * && dpkg -i * on a command line.//

AFAIK I think the equivalent would be:
# smart install /path/to/rpm/directory/*.rpm

... except that the alien && dpkg command you give would work only on Debian, Ubuntu or other Debian derivatives, whereas the equivalent smart command line would work for all Debian, Slackware, SuSe, Mandriva, RedHat etc derivatives, and it would be the exact same command (and therefore install instructions) on all of those.

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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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RE[4]: As RPMs
by hal2k1 on Wed 13th Dec 2006 03:22 in reply to "RE[3]: As RPMs"
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

//Alien does the conversion and install in one step also.//

http://www.die.net/doc/linux/man/man1/alien.1.html

My bad. So it does.

Still, alien is Debian/Ubuntu and derivatives only, so that part of the criticism still applies.

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