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From: Urmas <>
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: Repositories, was: Fw: Penguins: (Was
Corrupt Installer Errors??)
Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2013 20:37:49 +0700

"Tom Davies":

By default most versions of Gnu&Linux (lets just call them distros) have a 
set of "repos" (=repositories) which are a bit like vast warehouses of 
programs and other software.

...Because Linux is inherently broken and cannot run vanilla builds of 
software. Also repositories keep prehistoric versions of apps only, 
backporting only the security issues fixes, which have to be manually picked 
from the developer's VCS and manually patched in. So to fix a bug in Foo 
0.8.1 you need to upgrade your entire OS to get Foo 0.10.3 instead of simply 
installing 0.8.2 or 0.11.1.


I have installed vanilla versions of LO on Ubuntu and derivatives and
openSUSE without any issues.

The advantage of the repository is when a new version is released, it
will automatically be updated and only one version is on the machine.
Currently I have several office suites installed on openSUSE 12.3 and
they coexist very nicely including two versions of LO - one from the
repository and one direct install.

You can install "unofficial" repositories that have newer/current
versions of various packages. 

-- Jay Lozier

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