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2013/6/27 Tom Davies <>

Hi :)
Ok, that makes sense.  The problem now is to make the upgrade smoother so
it's easier to upgrade within a branch, eg from
4.0.1 to
4.0.2 and onwards.

Preferably not completely automatic but easy enough so that users can
click on the upgrade button even if they don't have Super User / Admin
level privileges.  Like Firefox allows.

At the moment i think people still have to download and do a fresh install
of the newer release even if it is in the same branch.

I do get the impression that is what the devs are aiming for anyway.  The
little green arrow is fairly new.  At the moment it just lets you know
there is a new version to download but it looks like one day it will be
possible to just click on that and sit back to watch the magic.

Regards from
Tom :)

Generally speaking, Tom, my experience is that one has to go to the
LibreOffice website and download the latest and greatest step every time it
is released ; it is rarely that I see an update notice and that little
green arrow. The above holds true for Windows 7 and 8 ; on Linux Mint all I
have to do is wait for the Ubuntu PPAs to get updated - it took perhaps a
little more than a week after the was released for it automatically
to beinstalled over Hitherto I'm ver impressed with it - it seems
to load even more quickly than its predecessor. Kudos to the developers !...


From: Joel Madero <>
To: Virgil Arrington <>
Sent: Thursday, 27 June 2013, 15:43
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: any word about 4.0.4 portable coming

On 06/26/2013 05:45 PM, Virgil Arrington wrote:
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.

One of our devs is going to do a bit about this after the EOL of 3.6 but
this chart should help:

also this might help a little,

There is a rationale behind our release schedule. Ultimately just
because the version is out, doesn't mean users have to upgrade, each
release has a purpose.

Warm Regards,

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