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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject Re: What to say in AOO 3.4.1 release announcement about the ports? (BSD, Solaris, OS/2)?
Date Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:10:06 GMT

On 08/21/2012 12:42 PM, Andrea Pescetti wrote:
> Kay Schenk wrote:
>> We can leave the porting page "as is" with winPenPack on it, and just
>> see what happens. But I guarantee that based on comments on
>> comments/questions we've already had over the past year, we will
>> basically be obliged to list every other distributor that also feels
>> they have legitimate distribution.
>> And, listing winPenPack contradicts what we have on the "distribution"
>> page:
> No, there's a major difference between a "distribution" (a terminology
> existing at Apache but not in the previous project) and a
> "distributor" (which is terminology used in the old
> project and is what refers to,
> or used to refer to).
> A "distribution" is a piece a software derived from OpenOffice. The
> winPenPack team (and PortableApps too, if/when they decide to provide
> it) takes the original binaries as downloaded from the OpenOffice
> website, performs a "fake installation", changes a few configuration
> settings and makes the result available on SourceForge as a
> "portable/live" variant of OpenOffice. Others might start from source,
> add extensions and templates (and even functionality) and obtain
> something called "Xyz, based on".
> A "distributor", for the old project, was someone delivering unmodified
> copies of the source and binaries on CD-ROM (and/or
> selling download links, and this was considered borderline behavior). A
> portable version would have never been included in
> since that page/project was only
> related to different ways (rather than downloading from the official
> site) to obtain the unmodified
> Regards,
>    Andrea.

Andrea, OK, I see what you're saying. I was using these terms in the 
more general "parts of speech" sense. A "distributor" is one who markets 
(in some way) a "distribution".


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