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On 04/07/2011 04:38 AM, Stefano Fraccaro wrote:
Hi Bernard,
I can't understand your help request. What have you downloaded? LibreOffice or another office suite? Which version? What do you mean about "only got a database"? Which operating system are you using?


Il 06/04/2011 22.29, Bernard Riches ha scritto:
Help what did I do wrong? I thought I was downloading an office suite of programs but only got a database. I find the Libre site difficult for a Klutz like me to understand even though I started off with DOS 4 way way back. It is one of the reasons I have never got into Linux – everyone is assumed to be not only computer literate but wanting a challenge. At my age i prefer a simple life.

Please help


This is the link directly to the Windows Download for LibreOffice 3.3.2 All language version.

This is for the smaller Multi Language version, if you just need English.

Here is the help pack for US English.

As for "what you did wrong", I do not know how you got the data base only, since the install file[s] you must download will install all the modules [Writer, Calc, Base, etc.], not just one. Please download the software package again from either the above links or the ones I have provided below. Then install the LibreOffice 3.3.2 package. You should get all of the modules this time.

Bernard, you and I started a long way back. I started with MS Dos 2.1, I think. I bult my first computer from a Kit. It was a PC-XT 286 dual floppy monochrome system with no hard drive and a few meg of ram. I started programming using punch cards and a teletype-style printer/terminal. Those were the good-old-days.

I am assuming that you use Windows and English is your language of choice. Try this link and see if it is easer for you to use. This is a work-in-progress Windows-only site based upon the Multi-Platform site of Both will be made into DVDs for distribution. These to DVD sites are mostly the same except for the installs. One has all the supported platforms that LibreOffice has, plus the extra free software packages in those platforms [Windows, Linux, Mac OSX]. The other has only Windows packages. The sites has the same lists of dictionaries, extensions, templates, and sample files and artwork. The LibreOffice default site [ ] is a nice site, but it is designed for the International community. I personally like their site for their effort to make it one that either has, or points to, most of what you might need as a LibreOffice user. The North American Community DVD site [ ] was designed as a testing site for a DVD dedicated for the North American communities we serve. We use a different site format, which was originally designed by the LibreOffice-Box team for their European community, but originally in German.

As for Windows vs. Linux, that is a big issue. I was a Windows-only person till a few years ago. At that time I could no longer afford to buy all of the Windows packages I needed to use. I found out that Linux had the software I needed and it was for free.

As for using Linux, here is a link to an article that talks about where Linux is being used.;content

We who use Linux as or desktop environment are few in number, but are growing. Linux has proved a more stable computer platform, over Windows, for most server, industrial, and Internet needs. So it is used more than Windows for the "backbone" computer systems worldwide. Windows is a nice desktop, but it had its bad ones as well. I hate Vista on my laptop, but that and an old Windows 2000 tablet are my only two Windows computers. My desktop and file server are running Linux.


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