Default apps discussion - this was Re: Trusty QA quick recap and look forwardHi,

PK pliniusminor at
Fri Mar 21 20:57:37 UTC 2014

Well, a very important step in the good direction has been the introduction
of the Whisker menu and the single desktop bar in 14.04.

But the default office applications are still underpowered and feel
"cheap". It's so cool to have LibreOffice by default..... It's a selling
point of great value: "look, even from the live session you can not only
use Firefox, but also a full-fledged Office suite, comparable to Microsoft

In my opinion, that would be the last step needed to position Xubuntu as
*the* cool, professional alternative to the "song and dance" of other
desktop environments. More immediately attractive to business users as
well. But not only to business users: many consumers like elegant
simplicity, too. Provided it's packing all the valuable right stuff by
default. Deep blue, full power.

Regards, Pjotr.

2014-03-21 21:23 GMT+01:00 Eero Tamminen <oak at>:

> Hi,
> On torstai 20 maaliskuu 2014, Lutz Andersohn wrote:
> > <html>
> >   <head>
> >     <meta content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"
> >       http-equiv="Content-Type">
> >   </head>
> >   <body bgcolor="#FFFFFF" text="#000000">
> >     <div class="moz-cite-prefix">I am taking Elfy's advise replying to
> >       Pjotr:<br>
> >       <br>
> Your mail client/settings are broken, it's sending HTML.
> >       I think I agree with the LibreOffice suggestion (and the "first
> >       impression"-sentiment) but for a different reason: I think Abiword
> >       and Gnumeric are just fine for everyday needs
> They fit well on install disk, start faster, use less memory, have
> better performance at run-time too and IMHO also look better.
> But if you need to work with other people using MS office, they aren't
> really compatible enough.  One problem is just file compatibility,
> another one looks of the documents: different font metrics and sizes,
> differences in styles etc.  More complicated documents don't look
> quite right and if you edit them, their styles get messed up.
> >       but I can see a lot
> >       of users who would want to make slides "out of the box", so they
> >       need Impress. It would be nice if those users had that capability
> >       w/o having to install Libre. <br>
> That's a good point.
> >       Alternatively, a button would be nice that is labelled "To install
> >       Office Software click here" which then goes out and installs
> >       Libre. I think many of the XP migrants we expect might be
> >       technically capable to install Libre from the Software Center - if
> >       they only new it existed! Since they usually don't know its there,
> >       frustration might arise (When I started using Ubuntu/Xubuntu,
> >       installing an app was easy once I found out there was one! the
> >       hard part was finding it and deciding between the different
> >       options)<br>
> IMHO this would be good solution.  Wording of such button/icon
> may need some fine tuning though, e.g. "Install MS-office compatible
> office suite" or "Install full Office suite".
> Best would be if it would invoke some Software Center introduction
> which tells new users how to install extra software (besides  LO).
>         - Eero
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