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For me, I do not use the Quickstart option. Their are some hassles with upgrading some extensions if that is "on" all the time. I find that without using that option, I have the package load up and usable for editing quickly enough for my needs. It is faster than many other packages I use.

The "boot" time for LO is much faster now that in the past. Also, compared to MS Office, it is still faster.

There is one other "time" that needs to be measured. The time it takes for you to be able to start editing. Sure you can have a package start up fast and show its "page view", but it does no good if you cannot start working with the package if it take another minute or so to allow you to start working with it.

Take Writer or Word. You start the package by double-clicking the icon in the menu or on the screen. Then you get a splash screen. After that the document or a new one is seen in the "page view" window. Now, how long does it take from there to be able to click on a menu or start typing editing the document? That is where I had a problem with MSO 2003. Sure that is ten years out of date, but it was the last version of MSO I actually work with on a regular basis. Since 2010 I have been a "Linux" person with Ubuntu as my default desktop OS. So I have not tried the newest version of MSO. But, with Writer, the time ti takes from opening of the page view window to being able to edit or click on the menus has been reduced by a large percentage since I started using LO in its early days.

That is the real question. How much wait time do you have between clicking on the icon to the print of being able to work with the package. No package is as fast as people would like, i.e. click and edit in a matter of a 2 or 3 seconds. Right now, with 2 browser windows open, this email package and 3 utilities on the screen, my Ubuntu install on a mid-range quad core desktop from Feb. 2010 , takes about 7 seconds from click to editing. That is fast enough for me. I have run packages that take 15 to 30 seconds to open up to the point of using it. In this day of wanting things as quick as possible, 15 to 30 seconds may be too long for some people.

Yet, for those of you who have been using PCs since its early days of DOS or even Windows 95, these start up times are super fast compared to those older systems, even with the less powerful packages that we used, like PC-Write for word processing.

On 08/04/2013 07:21 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
You could have either of them use their Quickstarter but it's a pain and kinda blocks having the 
other one on your machine at the same time.
Regards from
Tom :)

From: Tim Lloyd <>
To: "" <>
Sent: Monday, 5 August 2013, 0:15
Subject: [libreoffice-users] start up speed

Hi All,

I saw a question on the Fedora Forum regarding the "boot" speed of LO
which is impressive especially compared to old versions of OOo.

I think this has been discussed here in the past but I can't find any
specific posts. Is there anything running in the background which makes
LO start up faster?


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