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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The most easy way to testdrive 2.1 is via klik [ ]

The klik client is installed with a 20 kByte download, usually within 20 seconds:

wget -O -|sh

(The klik client is pre-installed on Kanotix systems.) After you've successfully installed the klik client, download (134 MByte):

(Currently the usual template link klik://ooo21 in the URL field of Konqueror or Firefox will not work).

klik uses one single file made from other package managers' binary packages. By default they'll be located on your Desktop. This single file, with the *.cmg extension, may be moved to any place (USB stick, CD RW, any other directory in $USER's reach, like $HOME). The *.cmg is self-contained: a compressed image archive, or if you want a mini file system including all required direct dependencies (it still draws all indirect dependencies from the system-installed libs).
A klik bundle is run by loopmounting it without root (only user) privileges. (root privileges are required only once, during the klik client install, to add the loopmount mountpoints into /etc/fstab).

This is handled automatically by the klik client if you double-click a *.cmg. (Otherwise, start the .cmg from the commandline: $HOME/.zAppRun /path/to/cmgfile.cmg.)

Usually, klik's *.cmg files are created by the klik client itself, after downloading the Debian package from the standard repository websites. As I said, the current OOo 2.1 is pre-made for various reasons.

The beauty of the klik-ed 2.1 is that you can run it without a need to de-install the previously installed OpenOffice version. klik apps do not interfer with the native package manager, and they do not install any files into /usr/bin/, /usr/lib/ or any other system directory. Since a klik-ed program is contained in a single file, it is very easy to get rid of it again. Just delete it.

klik did draw its inspiration from NeXT and Mac OS AppDir folders. It added the conversion into a single image, and the compression (saving up to 70% of disk space) and the web service delivering the "recipes" to the clients so they can auto-create the .cmgs themselves.

Otherwise, klik-ed programs usually work very well, across various Linux distributions. In fact, I'm writing this posting from a opera9.cmg running on a SUSE10.0 with the .cmg created from a Debian package...

See the klik FAQ [ ] if you have any immediate questions.

Edited 2006-12-13 02:00

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reprehendor Member since:

I just read this:

"A day's adventure with a brandnew klik bundle of 2.1"

Interesting stuff...

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