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Hi :)
Errr, i think the LTS idea works well as long as there is a 6 monthly
release, or at least a much faster-paced release cycle for another branch.

The 6 monthly alone is difficult for many people to keep up with, even for
big fans, but it does do a lot for excitement and energy.  It motivates
people to try to get their improvements or new features in quickly and
rewards them by getting their ideas out their and being used in the real
world extremely quickly.  I agree and think that is a big motivator.
Regards from
Tom :)

On 6 August 2014 13:16, Tom Davies <> wrote:

Hi :)
I really like the rapid development rate.  I think it does generate more
interest and not just amongst the devs.

I have probably been sounding really negative in this thread but i have to
say that i think everyone here does a fantastic job and LibreOffice is
really quite amazing as a result of all the hard work people put in.

While there are a few long-running issues and new issues sometimes crop up
when new features (and greater compatibility with MS format) are added it
seems that most things get sorted out impressively quickly.  Joel and the
QA team (and the devs, of course) deserve applause for getting the coding
error-rate down to the lowest of any project anywhere.

I do also like the Ubuntu LTS (=long term support) way of having a special
release every 2 years that focusses primarily on stability and that for the
next 5 years all bug-patches for any release are ported back to it.  It
also makes a big splash with changes to the UI (UX?) (and under the bonnet
stuff) and as a result gets tons of coverage in the Press with tons of
articles anticipating what the big changes are going to be and arguing as
to which is the most important or the most shocking or whatever.

I think that is the only thing missing from LibreOffice.  having something
like an LTS might make it far better for both corporate environments and
for other people who can't download and install new versions as often as a
LibreOffice fan with unlimited broadband might.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 6 August 2014 12:56, Charles-H. Schulz <> wrote:


Right on target; I could not have said it better. As for the release pace
there is a theory that suggests that slowing it to a rearly rythmn would
decrease the intetest of developers. But that is obviously a theory, and
cannot be an exact science.



On 6 août 2014 13:50:57 CEST, Nino Novak <> wrote:
Am 06.08.2014 13:07, schrieb Tom Davies:

So again the question has apparently gone back to "What is the
advantage of
the "Still" branch.  Why would people choose it or what circumstances
suit "Still" better than "Fresh"?"

The main advantage is its age: it's more mature; it has been in use for
longer time; people know it better; more questions have been answered
in all
the support forums etc.

You see, the main problem is not having two branches, it's having two
branches which do not differ too much - just half a year. Therefore,
are rather "fresh", there is no "really mature" version, at least not
in the

So the thing to really complain about is the lack of a really mature
years or more) version! Therefore, all the bug fixing etc does not
improve the stability of the software as branches end their lifetime
soon after receiving their last bugfix update.

I'm not sure what the effects would be if there was a Long Time Support
version. Maybe, everybody would switch to this LTS verison and bug
would decrease dramatically. But maybe also, that peoples'
would grow considerably and therefore also commitment and loyalty. Who

In a first step I'd very much like the community to decrease the
frequeny to once a year instead of every 6 months.


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