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This question makes me wonder, just why there are so many LO versions and frequent new releases. I can't keep up, and I find myself torn about upgrading. I want the latest and greatest, but I've had problems with newer versions resurrecting old bugs.

I'm sure there's an overriding philosophy that has been adopted, but I wonder if we might be better served with fewer new releases.

Apache seems to have taken quite the opposite approach with no new releases of AOO since its 3.4.1. Perhaps something somewhere between the two extremes might be nice.


-----Original Message----- From: Kracked_P_P---webmaster
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 8:19 PM
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: any word about 4.0.4 portable coming out?

Well, I do not really agree with the "bad deal".

They need to spend their time "converting" the Windows version to the
"portable" version.  It takes some time.  So they pick and choose which
version they will send their time on.  LO 3.6.7 comes out soon, but they
will not make that version, since the 4.0.x line is out.  When 4.1.x
line comes out, they will be moving to that and not work any more on the
previous line.

Sure, there are other "portable" software groups, but I only have dealt
with the PortableApps group, since TDF deals with them.  If another
group starts making a good version for LO, then maybe the Board might
want to look at them as well.  For me, I just go with the current
version that TDF/LO are listing on the download pages.

Why would you want to run a portable version of LO when you have one

As for versions that are optimized for slower systems, well anyone who
can deal with the compile/make process from the source code to binaries,
can do some basic optimizing to a specific system. Sometimes it take a
lot more.  Raspberry Pi developers have optimized LO to run better on
their system than the "standard" 32-bit Debian install.

If you really think that TDF should look at the other portable app
groups, then you need to bring it up to one of the Board members - and
off the User list.  These types of discussions work best on the Discuss
List or some other list instead of the User list.

On 06/26/2013 06:52 PM, Pedro wrote:
Hi Tim, all

In my opinion TDF got a bad deal with the PortableApps people...

They only create the versions they feel like and they drop a branch the
minute a new release is out from a newer branch. Even worse: they don't
listen to requests (maybe they don't have the manpower but they aren't
interested in voluntaries either...).

The guys at WinPenPack create a new portable versions at the same pace as
the regular LO. And they missed version 3.6.6 but listened to my request on
their Forum.

For someone working on QA it is essential to have the final version on each
branch. WinPenPack has all of them.

Another advantage is that you can run all versions simultaneously (if you
wish). The PortableApps version can not be executed while the installed
version is running (I can't remember if it even runs when another portable
version is running).

Finally the WinPenPack binaries seem to be somewhat optimized because they
run faster on slow computers (like my netbook).

Conclusion: I highly recommend X-LibreOffice ;)

BTW X-LibreOffice version 4.0.4 is available since June 19th...

Just my 2 cents ;)

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