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$oft, and at least give LO, et.
al,, a try.
Her Curtains machine, running on Vista, finally got so clogged with
untraceable trash that a complete system reload seemed the only
That meant re-authorizing the bundled M$ 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
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,
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
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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