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On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 11:14 AM, emarkay <> wrote:

MR. ZW, let's play nice now, OK?  :)

Depends on whom I'm playing with - with you, no problem.

So regarding the thread of substance, what is DIFFERENT about the Ubuntu vs.
Deb, vs "official" LO application? I didn't think that the Canonical folks
MODIFY anything, correct?

Typically the Linux distribution builders repackage the apps that are
included with their distro, usually to make sure that they all play
nice together (like us).  This means that there will be some
(hopefully VERY) slight differences between the TDF .debs, Debian's
apt package and Ubuntu's app package.  Sometimes the differences are
just that one is newer (almost always, in this case, TDF's).

However, one important such difference is that the installation
procedure is different (duh).  In Ubuntu's case, you can use Synaptic
to *uninstall* the TDF installation, but not to install it.  I don't
use Debian so I can't speak for is, but as Ubuntu is based on Debian,
I imagine there are similarities.

I think that  "keeping Ubuntu version separate from all others" seems to be
strangely counterproductive; being that the latest Ubuntu is both featuring
and promoting LO...  Not that separate is bad, but having independent bug
resources and not always keeping "in sync" seems so carbon-paper and manual
typewriter... ;)

Again, this has to do with making sure everything works together.
Normally, a distro's "version" of an independently sourced app is
caught up in short order.  (Actually, with CentOS that wasn't true,
but as an enterprise distro, they are quite stringent about what goes
in and what does not, and more often than not the latest and greatest
was not included without a substantial delay and thorough testing, if
at all.)

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