I'm Kseniya from ONLYOFFICE. We are developing open-source office applications, including the absolutely free ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors that provide alternatives to MS Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint distributed under GNU AGPL v3.0.
Currently, users can install the suite on various Linux distros from deb, rpm, Snap, Flatpak, and AppImage. We often receive requests for the native default support. Therefore, we’ve decided to contact you to ask about a possible integration of ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors into Debian.
One point you need to know is, for a package to be in debian, package should not depend on external resources, all resources need to be in Debian.
I got a very quick look at your build script, and it make use of *node install* commands for example. But in Debian, it means that all needed npm packages must be already packages (or to be packaged)
It also needs to compile/run with current versions of libraries available. For example, default jdk in latest debian is jdk11 so user would run onlyoffice with this version by default.
With the latest version we also released the build tools that allow compiling ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors from source code. Here https://helpcenter.onlyoffice.com/desktop/documents/linux/compile-desktop.aspx you will find an example of compiling the source code for Ubuntu 14.04. You can adapt this instruction and compile the source code for any Linux OS.
Why users choose ONLYOFFICE desktop app?
1 pack - 3 editors. Users can view, create and edit text documents, spreadsheets and presentations of any size and complexity.
High compatibility with Office Open XML. OOXML is used as a core format which guarantees highest compatibility with DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX. Other popular formats such as ODF, CSV, PDF, RTF, TXT, etc. are also supported.
Quick connection to the cloud. Users are able to connect the editors to the cloud of their choice (ONLYOFFICE cloud, Nextcloud, ownCloud) and collaborate on docs using real-time and paragraph-locking co-editing modes, track changes, comments, built-in chat.
Familiar intuitive interface.* ONLYOFFICE has familiar interface with tools grouped into tabs. Users can work with several files within one and the same window switching between them, as well as drag-and-drop documents to open them in separate windows.
*available in 11 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Portuguese - Brazilian, Chinese - Simplified.
Rich functionality. Full set of editing and formatting tools, macros, implementing extra functionality with the pre-installed plugins, e.g. Highlight code, Translator, Thesaurus, a plugin that allows sending docs as mail attachments right from the editor, etc. Open API allows creating and adding own plugins.
So, will you be interested in adding ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors to the Debian system so that lots of users get one more office suite option highly compatible with OOXML formats and giving access to cloud collaboration?
Useful links for you:
- Official project page: https://www.onlyoffice.com/desktop.aspx
- GitHub: https://github.com/ONLYOFFICE/DesktopEditors
Please feel free to contact me if you need any further info. I would be really glad to get your feedback! Thanks!
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