Remove OO Draw from the default install

Shane Fagan shanepatrickfagan at
Tue May 18 00:05:20 UTC 2010

On Mon, 2010-05-17 at 18:28 -0500, Chris Cheney wrote:
> (Impress) currently depends on it. Assuming
> we would be keeping that on the CD it would need to be tested to see if
> the libraries in the draw package are needed by Impress to function,
> which I am pretty certain they are needed. In that case we would have to
> split them out into a separate package that stays on the cd for Impress,
> but that would make the space gained by removal very small. It could
> still be done if the overall effect is that we don't want users seeing
> the Draw icon in the menu.
> Also note that is a very monolithic office suite and the
> individual 'App' launchers really all just call the same code
> (soffice.bin). Each 'App' is just a particular view into that program
> and each 'App' depends on functionality of the other 'App's so splitting
> the packaging up to reduce install size has often lead to weird
> breakage. Its not all linkage via libraries linked at build time, there
> is code that is dlopened and other code that is called via a registry of
> sorts. So its nearly impossible to be competely certain which parts of
> the code are able to safely split into other packages that aren't
> installed by default which has led to numerous prior bugs in the various
> distributions that have attempted to do so.
> Chris

Hey Chris,

So in short its not worth the time to remove it really. I really dont
like open office in general but I suppose till something better comes
along we will have to put up with it and its quirks. I just thought
there was an easier way of splitting the office apart. 


> On Sun, 2010-05-16 at 12:27 +0100, Shane Fagan wrote:
> > Hey all,
> > 
> > I forgot to mention this at the session for default app selection but
> > can we remove Open Office Draw from the default ubuntu install? The
> > reasons are quite obvious it just isnt any good and I dont think any of
> > the regular users actually use it. 
> > 
> > --fagan

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