[Libreoffice] quick starter applet/systray defaults and various confusion
hunteke at earlham.edu
Wed Nov 24 18:49:38 PST 2010
At 6:51am -0500 Wed, 24 Nov 2010, Andrew wrote:
> One other discussion I want to start is that do we actually
> need/want the quickstarter? From my own experience it is annoying and
> not needed - why should an office suite be in the system tray, it is
> not needed.
I have only my memory as a young person/non-developer, so take what I
say with a grain of salt: Originally, I believe the idea was to compete
with how much faster MSOffice started. OpenOffice was *always* slow in
comparison to MSOffice (on Windows), and the QuickStart solution was
meant to hide the loading time of the major parts of OpenOffice in the
computer startup. (The idea was that a standard workflow was to turn on
the computer and walk away for five minutes, because Windows took so
long to boot anyway; besides MSOffice "cheated" by using Windows
internals -- or so went a common rumor.)
> Maybe the best way to go about this discussion is to ask - "Is there
> anyone that wants to keep the Quickstarter?"
This is a question I wanted to ask in a previous thread as well but it
wasn't pertinent then; I'm glad you brought it up. Frankly, I think the
QuickStart solution was always the wrong answer. It represents to me a
quick and (truly) dirty solution. I believe the "correct" answer is to
streamline LO. However, the latter solution involves a bit more
diligence (i.e. more work :-( ).
So, ideally, I believe the QuickStart solution would be removed. I
don't like it, and personally, I turn it off whenever it is on by
default: I use my resources, and I don't want them forcibly (pre)wasted.
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