[libreoffice-website] Re: Web Administration

Bjoern Michaelsen bjoern.michaelsen at canonical.com
Mon Jul 29 04:03:06 PDT 2013


On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:38:00AM +0100, Andrew Cassidy wrote:
> My thought was more for stable release version rather than nightlies,
> knowing how long some of the  packages can take to reach the distro
> repositories. LibreOffice in Debian Stable is 3.5, backports has 4.0.3 but
> we're actually on 4.1 which has only just hit unstable.
> Maybe the situation isn't quite as bad as I thought with distro repos, but
> it'd still be nice to have quicker repository access to newer versions as
> they're released.

so, IMHO doing essentially a "TDF-hosted PPA" to solve the dependency issue
wont fly, as the dependencies are different for each distro and release. Which,
btw is one of the reasons it takes some time to get the PPAs and distro
releases ready. That said: Ubuntu had its ppa locked and loading upon release
for Ubuntu+1 (Ubuntu 13.10/saucy), for the current Ubuntu release (Ubuntu
13.04) and the LTS release (Ubuntu 12.04).

On Debian, Rene is really quick with getting builds into debian experimental.
So if you want to do early testing, why not get the package from there? If that
is not quick enough for you, Rene sometimes has even earlier builds available,
which you can test with the caveats: might eat your cat and sacrifice your
children. If you are fine with that, you might even help Rene by doing some

tl;dr: Its tiresome, boring work to get all the dependencies right for stable
LibreOffice package. The build itself isnt really the problem there and you are
not magically solving the hard problem by making a TDF-PPA. In fact, you make
things worse by splitting forces.



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