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On 02/28/2011 12:42 PM, Bernhard Dippold wrote:
Hi Marc, all,

Marc Paré schrieb:
Le 2011-02-28 10:16, Charles-H. Schulz a écrit :

Perhaps this is the right moment to think about creating one official
DVD/USB stick for the LibreOffice project? :-) I'd be willing to help...

We were really thinking more of on a regional basis.
> [...]

Having regional versions would allow us to add more region-specific
materials on the disc.

If we were to produce one official disk, it would be harder to target
specific materials to specific regional-language groups. I don't believe
that the DVD space would allow this. As it stands now, the Americas DVD
is already getting pretty full and Tim (the main contributor) is already
warning us that the disk space if of concern.

In my personal opinion most of the content of a DVD is far more likely to be language dependent than regional.

For regions with more than one main language it might be reasonable to provide combined versions of two (or three) languages, but most of the people in the world use one main language.

Even multi-language DVD share a large portion of content that doesn't need to be translated. So it's just a partial work to be done on top of the similar work for single language DVDs.

Combining the right files and creating ISO files from the right content is probably a task that takes some time to be done without much manual interaction. Files have to be flagged for language (or multi-language), searched and included in the ISO, the UI needs automatic marking / hiding of links to files not translated in the target language.

There might be a part of the DVD kept free for local additions, but I agree with Charles, that one officially supported version of a DVD and USB-stick has a larger impact on international marketing than single regional activities, allowing special groups to create their own DVD, while users in any other parts of the world don't have access to such resources.

So, IMO, regional DVD/USB sticks for the LibreOffice project would be
more practical for the North/Central/South American regions.

I think that a common effort by the international marketing leading to English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German versions of the DVD could be more practical for the entire community...

Combining the language dependent content to English/French or English/French/Spanish versions might be appropriate for certain markets, but as you already stated, free space on DVD is restricted.

And yes, any help with the DVD/USB projects would be most welcome.


If I understood Drew right, the North American DVD is based on the German LibreOfficeBox, so the effort has already been shared.

Yes I was asked to take the German LibreOffice-Box visual look/style and create an English DVD. [ ] Since I do not speak German, that was a "challenge". So this "LibreOffice North American Community DVD", the original long title/name, stated with what the LibreOffice-Box people produced. I left out the "Development Page" [ aka. SDK section] and made it into "Documentation Page". Also I did some things that would make it easier for me to update the DVD to the next versions. Needed to do so last week when 3.3.1 came out. Just had to download the files into the proper folders and update one page's links. Took a few minutes.

Any comments, suggestions, help from our nice people here in the list [Marketing and US Marketing] is always welcome. Our Wiki page:
Perhaps there is a possibility to improve this interaction even more...

Best regards


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