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Thanks for the links Girvin.

The whole point is not the specifics of the genealogy of the OSs that can be supported, but it does support them and can be "easily" ported to some others, as long as there are not any hardware issues like tablets. MSO would never support such a diverse market, like LO does and could be ported to.


I have a cross-platform package that has specific downloads for:
Linux - deb and rpg
and maybe AIX, if I remember correctly
plus a Java based version.

The key is not needing to learn a different package for each of the different hardware and OS combinations. That is a big thing for people who use more than one OS. I use Ubuntu/Linux for my main system, with dual booting laptops that have Ubuntu and Windows on them.

I choose OpenOffice, originally for the Windows and Linux cross platform options, and then switched to LO when it first came out. I really did not want to have two different packages for each productivity option [for the most part]. LO, GIMP, Inkscape, VLC, and some others, are installed on all my Ubuntu and Windows single or dual booting systems. That way I do not have to worry which OS I am using at that time on the document or graphics that I am working on for someone. No need to switch systems or change to another boot on the laptops. I just have to make that the data is on a disk partition [for laptops] that can be accessed by both Windows and Ubuntu, or on a USB drive [flash or big external] or on my network [if in range of my laptop when I am not in my place but 10 floors down in the common areas of the building].

On 06/01/2013 02:27 PM, Girvin R. Herr wrote:

Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
Not all our devs are volunteers. Some are paid by various companies, notably SUSE but also Redhat and others to work on LibreOffice. Such companies might normally attempt to create their own "in house" product but instead choose to collaborate on creating something shared. Macs are based on Bsd, which in turn is unix-based. Gnu&Linux are also unix-based. So Bsd and Gnu&Linux share the same parent but do have differences.
Just to keep the record straight, on Linux day #1, Linus Torvalds based his Linux on Minix , which in turn was based on Unix. I do believe the Minix disk filesystem is still included with today's Linux. Yes, I just checked and it is (man mkfs.minix). Then GNU had a bunch of *nix utilities, such as ls, tar, gcc, etc. which Linus merged into Linux. Linux grew from that grafting ever since. That is why Linux is referred to as GNU/Linux. To be accurate, the term Linux only refers to the kernel operating system, not the GNU tools. GNU/Linux is not Unix, but it is very close and the philosophy is very similar. BSD and GNU/Linux are two branches of the same Unix tree. Although a bit dated (the Linux kernel is now up to 3.x), here is a nice chart I just found:

Clearing the air...
Girvin Herr

Apparently a lot of Raspberry Pis are used to play around with hardware experimentation such as control's for various types of robots. One chap put quite a few together to create a super-server. So significant numbers are not being used as desktop machines at all.
Regards from Tom :)


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