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On Sat, Oct 30, 2010 at 6:28 AM, Marc Paré <> wrote:

Le 2010-10-30 05:27, Monfort Florian a écrit :

I don't think I have expressed well my idea. My idea is not to integrate
Scribus, Thunderbird or other softwares to LO, but to the Document

The idea is that the Document Foundation provides the LO suite, but also
PROMOTES other softwares to make more complete this suite. It would be a
kind of "sponsor", so that if teachers in education for example do only
need the LO suite, they download it. But if we're talking about a
company with more specifical needs, The Document Foundation would
provide them LO, plus the links, the ad or any other form of linking to
other softwares like Scribus, Thunderbird etc ...

The objectiv could be clear : at long terms, replace the whole Windows
working environnement ( with MS Office, Outlook, InDesign etc ... ) by
an open-source based suite from different project. All of that would
make the offer flexible in fonction of the needs of everyone. LO would
be like the basic offer.

I see, more like advocating different software packages that would
compliment the LibO Suite. I don't have any problems with this. In fact we
should be advocating for sure any software packages that have somehow
managed to show some kind of attempt at integrating themselves into LibO.

It would be neat (I know that this is not possible for now) if these extras
could hook into LibO itself and by doing so, they would automatically adopt
the LibO colours and icons. Almost as if the LibO suite was modular itself
in design BUT modular in the sense that the whole [Writer+Impress+Calc+Base]
were the basis from where the modular design came from. The other pieces of
software would "hook" themselves onto the [Writer+Impress+Calc+Base] and NOT
to  a component of the LibO.

For example, if you wanted to have a mail/scheduling package, then
something like the Thunderbird+Lightning combo could attach themselves to
LibO through some hooks. It would then look like this:

[Writer+Impress+Calc+Base] + [Thunderbird+lightning]

By hooking themselves to [Writer+Impress+Calc+Base], the
[Thunderbird+lightning] hook would have enabled its adoption of the
[Writer+Impress+Calc+Base] set of colours and icons.

The same for example with Inkscape that some are advocating for inclusion.
Instead Inkscape could "hook" itself onto the [Writer+Impress+Calc+Base] and
adopt the set of colours and icons and act as if it were part of the suite.
It would look like this:

[Writer+Impress+Calc+Base] + Inscape


Glad to see everyone is on the same page now, My intent also was not to add
to main code base, but do something more like MS Office, as much as I hate
to say that,  you can run without the additional apps, but they can easily
integrate into the suite if you want them too.  I would infact like to see a
striped down LibreOffice with just Writer, and Calc.

I can say now as soon as Autodesk makes it so that Calc can be used in
inventor for the spreadsheet function, I plan on moving my entire office
over to LibreOffice and Thunderbird with Lightening, but we cannot do that
at this time because of Autodesk.

James Walker

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