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A minor tale of woe:

I have been trying for years to convince a young lady friend to break away from slavish dependence upon Micro$oft, and at least give LO, et. al,, a try.

Her Curtains machine, running on Vista, finally got so clogged with untraceable trash that a complete system reload seemed the only remedy.

That meant re-authorizing the bundled M$ office suite and Bill, apparently continuing his unholy lust for revenue, refused to accept her utterly legitimate "product key".

What a chance to gain a convert but, alas, LO queered the deal once again.

I downloaded the software at least 6 times, mostly from the Clarkson U. mirror where TDF sends one by default, but from at least one other mirror as well.

4.4.6 three times, 218,736 KB each; 4.4.5 at 219,300 KB; 5.0.3 twice at 215,632 KB each. None of these would install, or give any indication of why they wouldn't.

Readers may assume that my procedure is at fault, and it may well be, but after these failures I had no trouble fetching and successfully installing AOO, Abiword, Jarte, HexEdit, Foxit, Firefox, Thunderbird, Audacity, &c.

I have a number of LO .msi files, going back to 3.5.4, on my own machines (all Curtains 7), and can try transporting them to the target via an external drive, in case there is actually something squirrelly about today's downloads.

But, after this experience, the would-be client - fearful of change in any case - can be excused for looking askance at LO, and may be a lost cause.

For my own edification, even if there's no salvaging today's fiasco, does anybody have any suggestions as to how such a supposedly foolproof process can go so far awry?


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