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    Old news: Open Office uploaded to contrib
    Submitted by robster on Wednesday, September 04, 2002 – 12:17
    DebianThis is old news, but it has been included in this week’s DWN so its best if we mention it here too. On the 20th of August it was announced that OpenOffice.org packages had been uploaded to contrib. However this is no indication that the packages will enter the archive, they may be rejected by the ftpmasters following testing and examination. Therefore the packages are not yet available in the archive.
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    Subject: So, anyone actually tried it yet?
    Author: harmony
    Date: Thursday, 2002/09/05 – 01:41
    I gave the experimental debs a whirl a while back, and got into some pain with them. I found it easier (and got a cleaner install) just grabbing the archives from openoffice.org and using their installer.

    Respect is due for taking on a packaging task of this magnitude, much kudos to package maintainers for things like OpenOffice.org, KDE, Gnome, etc. One of the comments I had last time was that it’s basically a bunch of large packages, so updates mean large downloads.

    Thoughts and comments?

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    Subject: Tried it, and it works:)
    Author: Holger Spielmann
    Date: Friday, 2002/09/06 – 05:58
    Until now, I still installed OpenOffice from the tarball from openoffice.org under local: Trying the .deb didn’t work for me, it installed, but when I ran it, I always got an empty window only. (Maybe related to my setup: I actually use a font server in my LAN and have nearly no fonts locally on my workstation.)
    But this time, it works without problems! Great job, thanks a lot to the fine folks who did the packaging!
    Note: If you use unstable, seems you have to use the unstable OO .deb too – using the woody .deb, I had a dependency problem regarding libstlport.
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    Subject: I’ve had great success with
    Author: whiprush
    Date: Thursday, 2002/09/05 – 18:48
    I’ve had great success with their packages …. it should be noted that their IRC support is also excellent, great job by the Debian OOo team.
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    Subject: This…
    Author: robot101
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/09/04 – 16:41
    Came up in the queue before, but is not newsworthy for anyone because nobody can access these packages until they are accepted by ftpmasters. I was going to wait until they were in incoming (ie queue/accepted) before posting an article.

    Robster is a monkey
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    Subject: The debs are available from unofficial mirrors.
    Author: Tore Anderson
    Date: Thursday, 2002/09/05 – 18:31
    Just take a look at the mirror list. They’re even built for woody.

    Why delay posting this news, when there’s an article here for every new version of the experimental XFree86 and KDE3 debs?

    Tore Anderson

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    Subject: Well..
    Author: robot101
    Date: Thursday, 2002/09/05 – 21:23
    We announced the OpenOffice debs when they were first made available to download. We announced new versions of KDE and X debs when they were drawn to our attention. Nobody was drawing new OpenOffice debs to our attention.

    All I was saying in the comment was that I decided not to annouce something which was an internal change in Debian and would have no effect on end users until further action was taken. I would however have posted any article saying there were new versions of OpenOffice available as debs, or that they were available in incoming or unstable itself.

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    Subject: That explains it. Sorry for jumping to conclusions. 🙂
    Author: Tore Anderson
    Date: Friday, 2002/09/06 – 18:57
    I thought for a second there that you for some strange reason felt OOo was less important than KDE3/X4.2.

    Anyway, some of the things that is new and cool about these packages is for instance that they’re not just one huge package anymore, and that they actually have working dependencies, and that the maintainers feels that they’re good enough for inclusion in the official archive. Feel free to make a story about it if you want to. 🙂

    Tore Anderson

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    Subject: Well…
    Author: robot101
    Date: Friday, 2002/09/06 – 21:07
    The story exists now. It’s cool it’s packaged, it’s cool it should be in contrib soon, but it’s not cool that it has to go into contrib and hence be not officialy part of Debian. If only there were free Java implementations that didn’t suck even more than the non-free ones. =)

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    Subject: contrib?
    Author: thattommyhall
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/09/04 – 13:01
    what non-free stuff does it depend on?
    fonts i presume.
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    Subject: Non-free packages
    Author: robster
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/09/04 – 13:54
    According to this post it seems that it has build dependencies on Java 1.3.1 and libgcpl0 which are both non-free.



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    Subject: And also…
    Author: slash
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/09/04 – 16:36
    … according to this post, it has a dependency on libstlport, which has apparently been removed 🙁 (It certainly doesn’t seem to appear in testing or unstable)
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    Subject: stlport removed?
    Author: molo
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/09/04 – 19:47
    Can anyone fill me in on why stlport was removed?


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    Subject: Eh?
    Author: robot101
    Date: Thursday, 2002/09/05 – 00:08
    It was removed because it’s superseded by these:
    $ apt-cache search stlport
    libstlport4.5 – STLport C++ class library
    libstlport4.5-dbg – STLport debugging files
    libstlport4.5-dev – STLport development files

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