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Re: backport for ooo2

Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> On Sat, 26 Nov 2005 21:44:57 +0100
> Knut Yrvin <knuty@skolelinux.no> wrote:
>>>>Is this personal experience or do you have some reference to
>>>>experiences of others regarding this stqbility issue?
>>>It's both my personal experience and others. Whats your experience?
> My experience with either of those applications are too vague to be
> useful for pushing decisions of wether Debian-edu should switch before
> Debian proper.
> You chose to not respond to the other half of my question: What
> "branch" of OpenOffice.org is the basis of yours/others stability
> experience. I decipher from your other postings, however, that you do
> not use the branch targeted for Debian, so it is of less interest to me
> (and, I assume, to Debian-edu as well, unless Debian-edu choose to
> maintain a different branch than Debian, which I find highly unlikely).

Unless someone steps forward and become active in the debian-edu
security team, We _will_not_ add more packages to debian-edu that are
not maintained upstream Debian. We should have a pretty good reason to
include something that does not come from the current stable release of
Debian. That means that we dont want to have a newer version of X, nor a
newer version of libc, kde or almost any other package that there exist
a newer package for. I do have one exception, and whether to include it
or not depends on the debian-maintainer.
-OOo2 has one huge advantage, and that is OpenOffice.org-base. People
 have requested something like for a long time, and although i've
 haven't found the time to test it yet, and the only test I've read
 about it mentions a java-based engine, I guess this is an important
-People tells me that OOo2-impress is much better then the old.
-OOo2 also has one big disadvantage that calls for it's inclusion in
 debian-edu. People tend to fetch the latest version when they download
 to use on their MSwindows-based computer. Then they end up with a new
 document format at home, which they can neither open in MSOffice, nor
 in OpenOffice on their school (or office). And even if it was the users
 fault that they are unable to switch to use old 1.1.3 compatible
 file-format (either native OpenOffice or MSOffice), they will blame us.

So if the backport of OOo2 provided by Rene, means that the
OOo-debian-team will continue to provide a backport (also security
patched if needed), then I'm willing to include the backport. But Only
after I've tested to rebuild the packages. I don't want to end up like
we've done with the woody-version, with a version where we have no source.

Finn-Arne Johansen
faj@bzz.no http://bzz.no/
Debian-Edu Maintainer and Solution Provider

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