On Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 17:04, Marc Paré <email@example.com> wrote:
Le 2012-04-06 21:09, Marc Paré a écrit :
There was some talk recently and, also a while ago, about the Download
page and which version(s) should be offered by default of the page. I
think we should revisit the logic of this page.
We are presently suggesting and offering visitors to the site the
default of our "most recent version" of LibreOffice. While this is great
for larger feedback results for de-bugging it does not necessarily
present a good choice for those looking for a stable, solid and reliable
document application for their work or office deployment.
Although some other software packages offer their product on a release
cycle much like ours - most notably the Mozilla group - our product is
unique in that LibreOffice is in many cases used by groups or
individuals where the resulting end-user document(s) are clearly
dependent on the use of a quality-assured application. In short, an
application that does not add any formatting error to the end product.
While any deployment of LibreOffice would sensibly involve advanced
planning where the weight of using the "most recent version" as opposed
to a more seemingly "solid previous version" (this, hopefully the norm),
I do not believe that we are giving enough warning to individual users
of the risks behind using our "most recent version" as opposed to an
earlier "solid performing version". I believe that such a warning should
appear on our Download page.
I would then propose the following minimal changes to the Download page
in order to address this issue:
Rework the sentence: "LibreOffice Linux - rpm (x86_64), version 3.5.2,
English (US). Not the version you wanted? Change System, Version or
Language" which seems to span/draw the equivalent of 2 lines on users'
"LibreOffice Linux - rpm (x86_64), most recent version 3.5.2, English
(US). Not the version you wanted? Change System, Previous Stable Version
or Language (Release Notes Details)" <--- the "Release Notes Details
would link to the http://www.libreoffice.org/download/release-notes/ page
This should still keep sentence to 2 lines on the users' monitors and,
at the very least, allow users time to reflect of their choice of
versions before hitting the default download buttons.
I believe this would show a more responsible use of our Download page by
giving warning to users of their choice of versions by giving them
notice of the differences of versions and their scale of reliability.
Any comments on this? I think it should really be looked at.
I agree that page needs to be changed. I think your suggestion is the
bare minimum needed and should be implemented ASAP. And on the page
where the word "Recommended" appears next to 3.5.2, I would remove it.
Or better still, add a few words indicating the "stable" and "latest"
version for those users who are not going to take the time to check
the release notes.
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