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       Thanks for your response.

       This makes me so glad that I do not upgrade anything immediately -
           I'd rather wait until all the kinks are removed.

On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 4:46 AM, Tom Davies <> wrote:

Hi :)
Reason for so many problems in last couple of weeks is the new release of
a new branch of LO.

Each new branch should try to add as much functionality as it reasonably
can to attract new people and to give the devs a chance to really show-off
and get on with interesting things.  Unfortunately the side-effect is that
unexpected things and often completely unrelated things that 'shouldnt' be
affected sometimes go wrong.  Roughly the equivalent of going out to buy an
ice-cream and getting back to find a magpie built a nest in your filing

As a branch matures the devs fix those problems (and longer-standing
issues) and include their fixes in the "service packs".  So 3.6.1 is likely
to have less problems and then the 3.6.2 has even less and so on until it
reaches around 3.6.4.

But by then it has become less exciting to work on so a lot of the devs
will have drifted over to new functionality that will be added in the next
new branch.  Not all devs want exciting new toys, many have a tendency to
worry a specific problem to death but that can often become an unhealthy
obsession too.  A fresh pair of eyes can sometimes spot where a dev has
managed to shake something loose and come up with a simpler answer.

After months of detailed work on a specific issue a dev might then be into
chasign shiny new toys for a while (or just leave the project and run
screaming from the room).  Hopefully people that chase shiny new toys
sometimes get sucked into getting bogged down in a single issue again.  For
some people i would guess that's a repeating cycle.

Of course many of the companies that support LO do invest employee
dev-time into LO and they get a lot less choice about what they work on, so
their burn-out rates are probably higher.

Just my thoughts really.  Any stereotype fails in the light of reality.
Regards from
Tom :)

From: anne-ology <>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Update to 3.6.1
To: "Dan" <>
Cc:, "Tom" <>
Date: Thursday, 30 August, 2012, 22:47

       so I'm using both 32 & 64 on this machine ???

       ok, I believe you;
            now just another question -
            could this be the reason for so many bugs? -
               [seems as if this list has been listing quite a few
recently, some I've never even seen  ???]

On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 3:38 PM, Dan 

     I believe that Tom and I were talking about LibreOffice on Windows. I
have a 64 bit computer which had VISTA running until I replace that with
Ubuntu. But LO does not have a 64 bit LO version which I thought was the
train of thought.


anne-ology wrote:

        You've been mis-informed - WIN does have 64.

On Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 6:56 PM, Dan 

          As far as I know, only Windows does not have a 64 bit version.
    Linux has 64 bit version for both DEB and RPM. The following is the
    folder containing the installation files for LO The Java I
    is also 64 bit that I get from the Ubuntu Repository (OpenJDK Java
    with all the patches.



    Tom Davies wrote:

        Hi :)
        LibreOffice doesn't have a 64bit version and allegedly needs
        to be 32 bit too.
        Regards from
        Tom :)

        From: Peter Hillier-Brook <<http://mc/compose?>
        Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Update to 3.6.1

        Date: Wednesday, 29 August, 2012, 22:05
        On 29/08/12 18:50, Tom Davies wrote:

            Hi :) Errr, on the 64bit Ubuntu is the java also 64bit?  If
it is
            then can you try installing a 32 bit version of 1.6_32?  LO
can be
            told which version of java to use so it might work Tools -
            Options -
            Java Regards from Tom :)

        That sounds like Windows solution! :-)

        Peter HB

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