LibreOffice Online

In the works is a version of LibreOffice that will run on a web server giving access by web browser. Here’s a demo video. It’s a bit jerky but one can get used to that, I suppose. If it’s jerky on “localhost” it will be jerkier on a remote server. This may be quite useful for people with fast networking connections or in-house collaboration with server on the LAN.

Predicted release time is late 2012 so there is still work to do. This development stems from gtk+broadway which can serve gtk output to the web.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to LibreOffice Online

  1. oiaohm says:

    Contrarian UAC and other crap would be the pop ups. I do call UAC crap because they forgot to protect against applications loading services. Malware loads a service and does what ever it likes. Poor user get beat up by the UAC.

    Rebooting other than a kernel change Linux systems normally don’t reboot. Yet you will find windows rebooting because if anti-virus change or windows update of explorer that has not touched kernel. Phoning home part of the update process. Linux we get to decide where our OS phones to. This can be our own internal mirror. Even if you are running wsus windows vista and up will still attempt to directly phone home. XP and under don’t phone home with a volume license when provided with a wsus.

    Most of the Robert Pogson is complaining about is stuff Windows users become conditioned to and no longer notice. Linux users become de-conditioned to it over time. So its like nails down the chalk board to us. Why is this machine do this to us. Ie if a Linux box was doing this to us we would change something to stop it.

    So we go to change something to stop it and find out in Windows that we can only do that for some cases and we are undermining the secuirty of the OS in others.

  2. Contrarian says:

    Actually I don’t think that pop-ups (whatever that may be), malware, phoning home, and re-re-booting are normal, #pogson. They don’t seem to happen to me. Can you give us some examples of where you have seen that happen?

    Every once in a while, I get a tool tip at the bottom of the screen that says that some pop up or other from the website I am visiting has been blocked and would I like to allow it one time or always from that site or never and I may do something about that, but I don’t think that is the OS, it is the browser and I have seen similar messages from Firefox and Chrome.

    When updates are made that affect running processes, the system reboots once. I don’t think that you can do a lot of things without at least one restart and, in any case, I set that to happen in the middle of the night and it is not any sort of problem.

    The rest of it, I think, must be in your head.

  3. I normally would not tolerate jerkiness in GNU/Linux. I did find it in one installation of thin clients. It turned out to be a networking problem. The users never noticed it. The NFS file share was mounted “sync” so writes to the file server hung until the file server wrote them to the drive. Changing to “async” made the system very snappy. Generally speaking, I expect even thin clients to be apparently faster to users than a thick client and especially a thick client running that other OS. The place where a user is likely to notice a lag is in typing. If there is more than 0.1s between a key-press and the appearance on the screen of the character typed, they can notice it. One designs a system to do better than that and users are happy. One of my terminal server could transfer gigabyte files over the same network connection as users file systems with no one noticing. That was 64000 context switches per second, far beyond human perception.

    Of course, with that other OS, you folks think pop-ups, malware, phoning home, re-re-rebooting are normal so I guess you care nothing about performance.

  4. Contrarian says:

    “It’s a bit jerky but one can get used to that, I suppose”

    Well, I am sure you are right. You FOSS fans are nothing if not highly tolerant of faults in the FOSS.

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