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Hi Andreas and Tom,

It was good to see that someone actually responded to the question that was asked about LO. I don't 
make much use of Writer so I have little but civility to contribute. I have *reflowed* your 
messages as quoted below my signature.

I would think that for the casual user of Writer who mostly uses it as a text document reader like 
the original poster said describes his usage of LO, it makes little difference which version of LO 
one uses. 

The diatribe that occurred against the original poster's signature block is regrettable and in my 
opinion unwarranted. While I'm convinced that Islam is in error and Christianity is true, I can 
pray for the followers of Islam and for the peace of Jerusalem.


-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Davies <>
To: "Andreas Säger" <>
Cc: "" <>
Sent: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:24
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: question about the best version of libreoffice:

Hi :)
errr, at least wrt 3.5 - i'm not sure about trolls.

I think as a general rule the later versions of a branch tend to be more reliable in terms of their 
functionality and probably more stable too (although i've never had LO out-right crash or 
anything).  So for the 3.5 branch the 3.5.4 was probably more stable and reliable than the 3.5.0.  
With the 4.2 branch hopefully it's become smoother and more reliable with each "Service Pack", such 
that 4.2.1 was a bit better, 4.2.2 quite a bit better, 4.2.3 even better and with the 4.2.5 being 
nearly the best.  The best version in the 4.2 branch 'should be' the 4.2.6 but sometimes branches 
don't bother to go that far because the x.x.5 was plenty "good enough" (or other reasons for moving 
onto a newer branch).

The advantage with newer branches 'should be' that they just have better functionality, greater 
compatibility with the ever-changing MS formats.  Although they are initially "stable" (using the 
devs definition of the word - errr and extra-ordinarily so, especially when compared to pretty much 
any other software apparently) some older functionality may have temporarily been inadvertently 
broken. Hopefully the "code clean-up" has significantly reduced the amount of unexpected breakages 
of completely unrelated things.

So the 4.3.6 should be about as stable and reliable as the 4.2.6 and the 4.4.6.  There is not much 
point in trying out the earlier releases of any branch, just skip straight to the one with the 
highest 3rd digit.

However what 'should be' and "what really is" are often completely opposite from each other in so 
many areas of life.  So i would be fairly interested in Nasrin's opinions about how closely the 
last few branches seem to have followed that "general rule", especially "with
regards to" ( = wrt ) "accessibility issues" such as screen-readers.

There is a separate mailing list for accessibility issues but it's so inactive that i doubt anyone 
is still on it and it may have even been closed down a few years ago without me noticing it being 
stopped.  I suspect that a lot of people moved to Apache Open Office when IBM donated it's fork of 
OO.o to AOO.  OpenOffice is such a close relative of LibreOffice nowadays that it doesn't make a 
huge difference which is being used imo.

I think the main thing creating a problem for "what should be" is Java and Base.  If they can be 
avoided then maybe the "general rule" is fairly valid.  With either Base or Java being used then it 
becomes a lot less clear, unless things have changed radically in the last couple of years.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 20 January 2016 at 12:51, Andreas Säger <> wrote:
Am 20.01.2016 um 13:36 schrieb Andreas Säger:

I used 3.5 for many years with no problems.

Oh, shit. Did I feed a troll?

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