Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Feb 2013 20:57 UTC
Features, Office "The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.0, the free office suite the community has been dreaming of since 2001. LibreOffice 4.0 is the first release that reflects the objectives set by the community at the time of the announcement, in September 2010: a cleaner and leaner code base, an improved set of features, better interoperability, and a more diverse and inclusive ecosystem."
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tuaris
Member since:
2007-08-05

Look at the Windows package, a single MSI with everything you need to install and run the program (minus Java of course). Double click, run, install. Done.

Blame "The Unix Way" mentality for the poor packaging/distribution on Linux.

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ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

So all those setup.exe "wizards" and manual updates on Windows are the wave of the future, and I should blame the ubiquitous Linux repos and their single-click installs and automatic updates instead? Hmmm...

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ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

should I blame the ubiquitous Linux repos and their single-click installs and automatic updates instead? Hmmm...


Yes, you should!

I actually prefer the Mac way where every app is self contained. Duplicity of "shared-libraries" exists but such duplicity solves the versioning DLL hell.

PC-BSD's PBI installers work in this way too; easier to install, remove, deploy, etc.

Edited 2013-02-08 17:09 UTC

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gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

So, a bad package by a 3'rd party (that also packages the MSI Windows package you use) points a finger at all packages in all Linux distributions.

There's a subtle difference between being a troll and being plain stupid; you're fairly close to crossing the line....

- Gilboa

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hussam Member since:
2006-08-17

Look at the Windows package, a single MSI with everything you need to install and run the program (minus Java of course). Double click, run, install. Done.

Blame "The Unix Way" mentality for the poor packaging/distribution on Linux.


That's not correct. Windows packaging is terrible. No tracking of shared dependencies. Poor tracking of installed files. Installing application B can overwrite files installed by Application A.
No easy upgrade paths unless programmed by the packager...
Need I go on?
On linux, a package can be installed with a single command that my grandma can type. easily upgradable packages, tracking of shared dependencies, excellent tracking of installed files. Package managers also warn and/or block two packages from installing the same file in the same location.

The main reason why I dropped windows in 2004 IS the software installation/packaging hell.

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