New installer for OpenOffice.org coming
Currently the installation of the OpenOffice.org suite is done by running the setup application, which provides a cross platform graphical user interface that wizards the user through all phases of the setup rocess. To make OpenOffice.org a well behaved citizen on your harddisk we want the systems native installer to become the default way to install, modify, or uninstall OpenOffice.org on your computer. Just like any other package you install. These could be Microsoft Installer (MSI) on Windows platforms, RedHat Package Manager (RPM) packages on Linux and Solaris Packages (PKG) on Solaris.
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You miss-typed the ampersand entity in the "entire posting" link.Comment by Phillip at September 11, 2003 11:50 PM | Permalink
Personally, I'm a huge fan of Installer Packages vs. binary files. I have no idea what a downloaded exe might do. Is it the program itself? Is it an installer? Do I have to unzip it first or can I just "open" the zip and run it from there? Using special "installer" files (msi, rpm, etc.) makes life that much easier.Comment by LinkTiger at September 11, 2003 11:52 PM | Permalink
Red Hat doesn't ever tend to update its initial Open Office RPMs via its Red Hat Network - if you want a later OO Redhat RPM, you have to wait for the next RH release (or, I guess, have a go at downloading something from their Rawhide setup, but that's often non-stable).
Red Hat RPMs are definitely possible (Red Hat ship them :-) ), so I think they should be made available (in addition to other binary package formats of course). If you can install OO via an RPM, was the GUI OO installer ever needed in the first place anyway ?Comment by Richard Lloyd at September 14, 2003 07:53 PM | Permalink