[Libreoffice-qa] Collabora LibreOffice Vanilla QA on OSX

Robinson Tryon bishop.robinson at gmail.com
Tue Jun 23 06:21:06 PDT 2015

On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 7:01 AM, Alexander Thurgood
<alex.thurgood at gmail.com> wrote:
> Just a heads up to say that I won't / can't / don't have the time /
> energy to QA LibreOffice Vanilla for OSX as released by Collabora

Hi Alex,

Thanks for all your hard work w/the OS X bugs! Everyone is of course
free to work on whatever projects he or she wishes, but please don't
feel any obligation from the TDF side to test the Collabora OS X

> - I
> barely have time enough to try and keep the unconfirmed bug count down
> on OSX, without having  to deal with a version that is apparently built
> differently.

How differently is it built? My understanding is that it's pretty
close, but I haven't had a chance to really delve into the details. As
we likely will start to see bugs showing up in Bugzilla, it might be
good for us to make some notes for QA, just so we can make sure that
reports get shuffled-over to the right people who can triage them and
then fix them.

> As an aside, what exactly is the expectation here ?

>From the Collabora side, I'd expect that Michael and/or Sam Tuke would
be good people to answer any questions about their particular goals,
etc. Speaking just as a project volunteer, I know that I've gotten
inquiries from multiple Mac users in the past couple of years asking
about whether we were ever going to make LibreOffice available via
this app store, so I think that there is a good potential market for
users who like the ease of installation and updates.

> At the moment, I am
> trying to understand whether this is going to become a permanent fixture
> of the landscape, a bit like NeoOffice (to which I donate once a year,
> but take no interest in the project otherwise),

What's the status of NeoOffice? I haven't heard any news from that
front in years.

> What effect will that have
> on the TDF build in the long term ?

It's *possible* that most mac users will gravitate towards an install
via a trusted and easy-to-use update mechanism. I know that there's
some GSoC work to repurpose the Mozilla updater this summer as well,
so perhaps there will be even more choices for mac users soon.

I don't expect that our mac userbase will jump on the app store
bandwagon overnight, and many will probably never buy-in to that
system at all. I see this development as largely being about choice
and convenience, and I think the shiny packaging will attract both
some number of our existing userbase as well as a good number of new
users who decide to try out LibreOffice.


Robinson Tryon
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