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From Ariel Constenla-Haile <arie...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Cleanup installation files, make them more modular
Date Fri, 26 Oct 2012 22:33:36 GMT
On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:06:45PM +0200, Marcus (OOo) wrote:
> I've modified the subject as I think this topic deserves its own,
> new thread.
> 
> Am 10/26/2012 07:28 PM, schrieb Ariel Constenla-Haile:
> >On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 05:27:41PM +0200, J├╝rgen Schmidt wrote:
> >
> >Once thing to pay attention for the next release is the increasing size:
> >more than 14 Gb for Linux packages only. This is going to be even more,
> >as more languages are added. INFRA has already complained after the
> >first release (can't find the message right now) about the size of our
> >dist/ folder, so we must think about a solution, before they complain
> >once the next release is uploaded.
> 
> IMHO you can think and try whatever you want. At the end there is
> only one solution:
> 
> Cleanup the packaging, delete redundat files, rearrange how the
> install files will be packed, think new how the installation on the
> users-side could be done.
> 
> Example:
> For every platform, we have exactly the same files in every full
> install, except for the language resource files. So, when we can
> make it that only the core (languages-independent) files are once on
> the mirrors and then the language resource files besides, then it
> would be possible to do the installation process completely new -
> with the following rough steps:
> 
> 1. Create a new basis installer: little, tiny and already localized.
> 2. The user can choose what he wants: applications, languages,
> templates, extensions.
> 3. The basis installer downloads this file set from the mirrors.

I've read this approach the other times this was discussed. While this
might be the current mainstream market trend, handy for those who send
their e-mails from their i-Phones and their i-Pads, it won't be suitable
for users from less-developed countries with bad internet connection.

Does OpenOffice user base come from this kind of countries? These
numbers don't seem to tell so:
http://www.openoffice.org/stats/countries.html But I've also read "why
would someone use OpenOffice if he/she can pay for MS Office?", meaning
that OpenOffice user base is made of people who can't afford MS Office,
we could also asume they can't afford a good internet connection, even
on developed countries like the top 7 in the list (this argument missed
the point than someone may want to use OpenOffice just because it's free
software, even if can pay for MS Office - or get an ilegal copy).


Regards
-- 
Ariel Constenla-Haile
La Plata, Argentina

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