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On 05/03/2011 06:37 PM, cocofan wrote:
  Just got back from LinuxFest NortWest (LFNW).  Most people had very
positive responses to LibreOffice.  A few didn't know what it was or how
it differs from OpenOffice; Most of these were mainly Windows users;
strange to see them at a Linux conference.
   Here are some problems mentioned by some people:
   Updating/installing on Windows painful for people with low-bandwidth
connections such as dialup because of the size of the file (~200M).
Several people mentioned wanting to have incremental updates instead of
having to download and install the full installation file (one mentioned
this was done in OpenOffice from the help menu).  They're not able to
post to the mailing lists as they have little or no internet access so
I'm reporting this for them (should I cross post this to the user
mailing list?).
   Several people mentioned having problems opening .docx or .pptx files
that they downloaded off the internet (I guess there's quite a few of
them out there now :-( ).  I was wondering (since I didn't see this on
the website) if there was a place to email documents that don't open in
LibreOffice so developers can look at them?  I just told them to post
them to the mailing list but I notice that attachments usually get
stripped on the mailing lists I'm on (development, discussion).
   On the enhancement side, several people mentioned being able to do
'collaboration' over the internet (or a network) where a group of people
can actively edit a document in real time (something I believe Google
apps can do?).  Actually one person mentioned being "more like Google
apps" but it sounded like all he wanted was some sort of file sharing
whereby people would be notified of changes to certain documents (not
sure if this is something we need to address).  One person wanted better
database connectivity (felt it was "too complex" to connect to an
external database).
   One person kept going on about the progress bar on the splash screen
in Linux 'not being in the center of the splash screen'.  It interesting
what will tick people off but I thought I mentioned it.

    I had a good time doing this and wouldn't mind doing this in the
future (it's rather nice to get out and meet people; I don't often get a
chance being way too busy).  Next time, I'll remember to bring
CD's/DVD's and more brochures (we ran out of these half way through the
   I should point out that O'Reilly's OSCON is in Portland in July 25-29.
If you need me to do a table for that, I'm willing to do it (on the
other hand it may be too late to get a table).

                           Dona Hertel -
We at the North American DVD project are nearly ready for our DVD to be "published". All we now need is a few printed documents to go with the DVD and then it should be done. Drew is working on that right now.

So if you would like to see if the NA project DVD would be something you would like to use for the next meeting you go to, I would like to know. Then someone, maybe me, will get a DVD to you [snail mail] so you could have it as the template. I do not know if Drew has the latest one in ISO form though. The Windows Only DVD is in the final stages for its HTML edits, but needs some rework on the install page since it was mostly the 3 platform version without the other two. But having a Windows-Only DVD might be nice for some people. The ISO for the 3 platform is about 3.3 GB and the Windows-only is about 1.6 GB.

We are working on the Spanish translation of our DVD[s] and hope to have it done this summer, or at least I hope. The problem is the lack of Spanish documentation, but I have seen some movement on that.

I would like to ask, Is there a market for a CD or a CD set instead of DVD? I have been looking at what is needed if the NA style DVD is broken down to CDs for business systems that do not have DVDs, and still have all the included material of the DVD[s]. Most of the businesses that do not have budgets to buy newer computer will not have a DVD installed in their business machines. So having only DVD style media will not work for them.

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