from Asa Dotzler: Firefox and more

LibreOfficeI’m not going to apologize for complaining about the terrible, awful, horrible, no good, very bad experience I had when I decided to give LibreOffice a try. It was abysmal and improving that experience should be a top priority for that team if they care about expanding LibreOffice beyond the few Linux users who get it pre-installed. But, I do think I could have done more to propose fixes rather than just rant about the brokenness of the experience so I’ve done just that.

I read through almost all of the LibreOffice bugs relating to the website, the installer, and the java dependencies and I’ve filed new bugs where appropriate and added comments to existing bugs as well. If you’d like to follow along, here are the bug reports.

Bug 44585 – “Download” button should auto-detect OS and language and initiate download of the latest release version
Bug 46269 – remove icons and older versions from download page, offer direct links for all OSes and languages
Bug 46267 – provide a lightweight stub installer with app selection
Bug 46268 – re-order LibreOffice Program Group on Windows
Bug 31354 – Message that JRE is missing and required pops up multiple times on first run