[Libreoffice-qa] Collabora LibreOffice Vanilla QA on OSX

Robinson Tryon bishop.robinson at gmail.com
Tue Jun 23 07:57:50 PDT 2015

On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 10:30 AM, Alexander Thurgood
<alex.thurgood at gmail.com> wrote:
> Le 23/06/2015 15:21, Robinson Tryon a écrit :
>> 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.
> I don't actually know all of the differences, but for starters, it
> appears to be built on 4.3.x branch from what I have read elsewhere. I
> have no idea what other build switches are in there.

IIRC, Collabora has focused on an older branch of LibreOffice for
their "stable" releases. That does bring up two main points for us:
1) If it's older, what's the most productive way for us to address
bugs in Bugzilla?

2) Newer versions of LibreOffice have improvements and additions on
top of 4.3.x. How can we best communicate the difference to App Store
consumers so that there's no confusion?

> I didn't wish to give the impression that this was not a good thing.
> Indeed, if it can attract more Mac users to LibreOffice and thereby spur
> on Mac-based development, it is almost certainly a good idea. My concern
> is that the version being provided in the AppStore is apparently in the
> EOL branch as far as we (in the LO project) are concerned, so people
> reporting bugs against LibreOffice Vanilla,

Valid points, indeed.

I'm cc'ing Joel and Sam here so we can have a quick conversation about
our game plan.

> and there have already been
> at least 5 reports so far, some of which remain unconfirmed, are using
> an out of date and EOL version.

(I'm sure that Judge Joel will be pleased that we actually have data
about which we can reason ;-)

>> 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.
> This is also probably a good idea, but my concern is that we will be
> inundated with people who don't understand the difference between our
> version and Collabora's, especially as they seem to be routed to our
> bugzilla for filing bugs.

Ayup. If the bugs do end up in our Bugzilla, we'll need to flag them
so that TDF/LibreOffice QA and Collabora QA can best allocate
resources for addressing them. Ideally that flag can be passed-in
directly (Cloph and I are working on something related right now).


Robinson Tryon
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