Post by Mayayana
LO 6 won't run on XP. 5 is the latest. I don't expect
you're missing much. I've been updating for years and
see no notable changes. It's obscenely bloated. It's
In my opinion, it's structured well. They decomposed
the problem well. I looked at the mess that represents
all the versions of Office that Microsoft ever produced,
and they seem to have dealt with that well.
However, the "implementation" within individual modules leaves
a lot to be desired.
It's failed every "quality" test I've tried on it
here, and I wasn't even trying to break it. For example,
one document I saved for output, the output was "double-printed"
in the output file. It was rendered twice.
I agree with the "no notable changes" comment.
Things change, but it doesn't leave a strong
impression of being "fixed". It's kinda like
a rotating bug generator. There's more things
that can break, than humans can keep up with.
What does that tell us ? That the developers
are not document specialists and are general
programmers ? That there aren't enough PhDs
working there ? I don't really know what to
make of it all, in terms of constructive
To give an example by analogy from the FOSS
world, take Firefox and the Firefox choice
of print engine. I don't know what the first print
engine was called exactly, but one day the Firefox team
decided to switch to Cairo.
"Because of Cairo's lack of support for Windows 95,
Windows 98, Windows ME, and Windows NT (versions 4.0
and below), and because Microsoft ended support for
Windows 98 and Windows ME on July 11, 2006, Firefox 3
does not run on those operating systems."
It was worse than that. At the time, Cairo wasn't
even finished. Some output tasks in Firefox were
rendered as bitmaps (slow, inefficient). By gluing
in some other FOSS software, a software that
wasn't finished, what does that say about
your developers ? Probably not skilled in the
craft of printing ? But why include an unfinished
piece of software ? Wouldn't it have made sense
to cut over when the Cairo team said "all Done" ???
That's the kind of feeling I get from LibreOffice
some times when it crashes.
And the choice of OpenGL inside LibreOffice, it
seems they didn't do enough "special casing"
in the code, to compensate for the differences
("quirks") in the Windows OpenGL. For one of the
design problems in LibreOffice, it took about
the fourth version of Win10 before the windows
side of the problem was fixed (that's the update
where Task Manager gets a GPU pane for GPU usage).
And that only works if you have a very modern
video card ("bakery fresh driver"). I haven't had
a chance to see that feature yet, as my video
card is too old.