Tom Davies wrote (04-10-12 20:28)
Hi :) Seriously. What is the reason for having 2 branches?
Ah well, who am I to say that you can't understand it. Though the way
this thread was started, does not show much (will for) understanding,
IMHO. But OK, brief...
- In each LibreOffice series, over the various minor releases,
hundreds of bugs are fixed.
Bugs that have their origin in the inherited OOo code (registered
alone there were many thousands). Bugs that have been introduced by
making new features. Bugs that have been introduced by improvements in
code, performance. Bugs that have become visible because other bugs
were fixed. Bugs from external reasons, bugs from ..
- What is a simple annoyance for the one user, someone knowing ways to
work around it in ample seconds, can be a serious bug for someone with
less computer skills.
- Simply having two series, allows people and (smaller) organisations
that can handle bugs (...) more easily, to use the newer versions and
benefit from the improvements and new features that it offers.
And it allows them to help with further improvements in that series of
LibreOffice, so that at a certain time it will be ready for more
conservative, more careful, users and organisations.
I tend to do nearly all my professional work (quotations,
presentations, reports, mailings ...) in beta's/ dailies / developer
builds. It's rare that that gives me too much trouble, or causes lost
of work. It does cause me spending time on trying reporting carefully
written bug-reports ;-) But that's only me, and there's of course
many functions that I only touch seldom or not at all.
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