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From Ian Lynch <>
Subject Re: OpenOffice thin client edition - why not?
Date Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:48:53 GMT
On 18 January 2013 17:41, Kay Schenk <> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 7:53 PM, Alexandro Colorado <> wrote:
>>  It wasnt an edition more like a mode, you did $ soffice -net and you can
>> have variou users conenected, there was a pertner that even did some Active
>> Directory authentication.
> I'm happy this option is being discussed/brought up here. Some older
> documentation still references this "-net" option in basically two
> different approaches.
> The first one is just using a central server install area to install to
> many desktops (multi-user installation):
> The second bit of information covers what we seem to be discussing here
> (network installation, one"runnable" copy, indiviudal user options):
> We've had  few queries about OpenOffice for large installations -- like
> 1000+ end-users.  A true "network" type approach might be valuable for them.

Without easy set up on many clients we can forget the schools market.
The easier it is to access without having specialist technical support
the more likely mass take up. Here in the UK there are about 3500 high
schools with an average of about 800 users each. Similar number but
more fragmented in primary schools. There is a big shift taking place
to mobile technologies and a great opportunity. However, schools want
to support mobile technologies, byod, flipped classrooms etc, the
innovator/early adopters are not going to simply substitute one
desktop office suite for another. What they want is software that
supports their new way of working and things like collaborative
spreadsheets where several people can work on the same model
concurrently have significant educational advantage. Actually it has
business advantage too - I regularly share models like this in Google
with colleagues in several other countries. Desktop Excel and Calc are
simply not an option.

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