Roaming Computing System (Windows Edition) 3 - OpenOffice

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Notes

ReleaseStatus Minutes from meetings every Monday 3pm German time: http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/ReleaseStatus_Minutes

A Mozilla plugin is found under Options → Internet → Mozilla plugin. First introduced in OOo 2.0. "Along with the content, you can perform basic operations like save the document in any of OpenOffice.org supported formats including Microsoft Office and PDF, send it by email, open it in OpenOffice.org for full edit options, zoom it in or out, print or navigate it.". It seems like initially MS office formats were not included in this but some people dispute whether they are included now or not, we would have to experiment. We decided that this would potentially destabilise firefox in the same way that the Adobe Reader plugin does (increased risk of browser crash) and could make the users browsing experience slower (increased memory consumption, the plugin being loaded at not being unloaded when the page/tab is finished with).

We don't disable the OpenOffice pre-loader from Start Menu/Startup because otherwise it takes far too long to load OpenOffice each time.

OpenOffice Extensions

OpenOffice 3.2.0.7 / 3.2.0-13

Variant Novell's version; labeled 'US' but includes en-GB dictionary(?) too; the version without the integrated Java
Version 3.2.0.7 / 3.2.0-13
Installed to Workstation
Dependencies
WPKG package.xml example page http://wpkg.org/Go-OpenOffice.org
AppDeploy page
Installer
Install format
Any installer files preparation
  • We create openoffice-installer-customisation.mst
  • Extract go-oo-<version>-<revision>.exe
  • We get the uninstall string (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall) from setup.ini. For example 3.2.0-10 is AFB21BFE-40E6-42FB-A010-B80F417D8E71; 3.2.0-12 build 3.2.9483 2010-02-22 is CC5CC633-D711-48A4-A812-9ED64BC47009; 3.2.0-13 build 3.2.9483 2010-02-26 is 60CE6B15-E8DC-4096-83FA-5D8DE8B9ED5B
  • We may or may not need the corresponding language pack to match the OpenOffice <version>-<revision>, I don't yet know. See openoffice-language-pack.html.
Installation Instructions We install into the default of C:\program files\openoffice.org 3\ because of an issue with the langpack
Release Notes
Changelog

Novell's Changelog for all 3.2.0.x releases: http://cgit.freedesktop.org/ooo-build/ooo-build/plain/NEWS?h=ooo-build-3-2

Novell's Changelog up to 3.2.0.7: http://cgit.freedesktop.org/ooo-build/ooo-build/plain/NEWS?h=ooo-build-3-2&id=OOO_BUILD_3_2_0_7

Novell's 3.2 series build log: http://cgit.freedesktop.org/ooo-build/ooo-build/log/?h=ooo-build-3-2

Sun's list of new features in 3.2: http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/features/3.2/index.html

Silent Installation and uninstallation

The install string is 60CE6B15-E8DC-4096-83FA-5D8DE8B9ED5B (it's contained in setup.ini in the extracted .exe installer; It's the same between major and minor versions for example 3.1 and 3.1.1)

msiexec /qb /package "<MSI installer>"

msiexec /qb /uninstall {<install string>}

Configuration

We set OpenOffice file type associations with the installer.

The installer is an MSI file which supports at least some of the settings we used to make in the response file: msiexec /qb /package "%PACKAGES%\openoffice-us\openofficeorg20.msi" ALLUSERS=1 SELECT_WORD=1 SELECT_EXCEL=1 SELECT_POWERPOINT=1

Per-user configuration:

  • %APPDATA%\OpenOffice.org\3\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\setup.xcu - whether registered; locale; file format defaults
  • %APPDATA%\OpenOffice.org\3\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\office\common.xcu - all other user preferences
  • Performance settings:

    • graphics cache - use for OpenOffice.org: increase 128MB
    • graphics cache - memory per object: increase to 20MB

Note that the file type associations are made by the installer

TWEAK
Issues http://user.services.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?f=39&p=69203, http://www.openoffice.org/servlets/ReadMsg?list=users&msgNo=171370

Unzipping the .exe installer using Ubuntu gives a few directories made up of odd characters, which is OK you can just pull out the files you need, but to save confusion unzip on Windows.

Notes Extensions included by default: Watch Window, PDF Import, (Office Open XML file capability but I'm not sure if this is an extension or not)

OpenOffice 3.1.1

Variant Sun's version; labeled 'US' but includes en-GB dictionary(?) too; the version without the integrated Java
Version 3.1.1
Installed to workstation
Dependencies
WPKG package.xml example page http://wpkg.org/OpenOffice.org_3.x
AppDeploy page
Installer
Install format
Installation Instructions You get the MSI (openofficeorg2?.msi) and associated .cab files (openofficeorg1.msi, openofficeorg2.msi, openofficeorg3.msi, openofficeorg4.msi) by extracting the contents of the installer executable.

To set the program directory to be non-version-specific, open openofficeorg20.msi in ORCA and change Directory → INSTALLLOCATION from %PROGRAMFILES%\OpenOffice.org 2.x to %PROGRAMFILES%\OpenOffice. Then save the MSI.

Release Notes
Changelog 3.1: http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/features/3.1/index.html

3.0.1: http://development.openoffice.org/releases/3.1.1.html

Silent Installation and uninstallation

The install string is A16B3EA2-8798-4960-8D8B-18D3149AD617 (it's contained in setup.ini in the extracted .exe installer; It's the same between major and minor versions for example 3.1 and 3.1.1)

Configuration

We set OpenOffice file type associations with the installer.

The installer is an MSI file which supports at least some of the settings we used to make in the response file: msiexec /qb /package "%PACKAGES%\openoffice-us\openofficeorg20.msi" ALLUSERS=1 SELECT_WORD=1 SELECT_EXCEL=1 SELECT_POWERPOINT=1

Per-user configuration:

  • %APPDATA%\OpenOffice.org\3\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\setup.xcu - whether registered; locale; file format defaults
  • %APPDATA%\OpenOffice.org\3\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\office\common.xcu - all other user preferences
  • Performance settings:

    • graphics cache - use for OpenOffice.org: increase 128MB
    • graphics cache - memory per object: increase to 20MB

Note that the file type associations are made by the installer

TWEAK
Issues http://user.services.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?f=39&p=69203, http://www.openoffice.org/servlets/ReadMsg?list=users&msgNo=171370

Unzipping the .exe installer using Ubuntu gives a few directories made up of odd characters, which is OK you can just pull out the files you need, but to save confusion unzip on Windows.

OpenOffice 3.0.1

Variant Sun's version; labeled 'US' but includes en-GB dictionary(?) too; the version without the integrated Java
Version 3.0.1
Installed to workstation
Dependencies
WPKG package.xml example page http://wpkg.org/OpenOffice.org_3.x
AppDeploy page
Installer
Install format
Installation Instructions You get the MSI (openofficeorg2?.msi) and associated .cab files (openofficeorg1.msi, openofficeorg2.msi, openofficeorg3.msi, openofficeorg4.msi) by extracting the contents of the installer executable.

To set the program directory to be non-version-specific, open openofficeorg20.msi in ORCA and change Directory → INSTALLLOCATION from %PROGRAMFILES%\OpenOffice.org 2.x to %PROGRAMFILES%\OpenOffice. Then save the MSI.

Release Notes
Changelog 3.0: http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/features/3.0/

3.0.1: http://development.openoffice.org/releases/3.0.1.html

Silent Installation and uninstallation

The install string is 92B79901-C57D-409F-8D2F-4E5337383569 (it's contained in setup.ini in the extracted .exe installer; It's the same between major and minor versions for example 3.1 and 3.1.1)

Configuration

We set OpenOffice file type associations with the installer.

The installer is an MSI file which supports at least some of the settings we used to make in the response file: msiexec /qb /package "%PACKAGES%\openoffice-us\openofficeorg20.msi" ALLUSERS=1 SELECT_WORD=1 SELECT_EXCEL=1 SELECT_POWERPOINT=1

Per-user configuration:

  • %APPDATA%\OpenOffice.org\3\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\setup.xcu - whether registered; locale; file format defaults
  • %APPDATA%\OpenOffice.org\3\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\office\common.xcu - all other user preferences
  • Performance settings:

    • graphics cache - use for OpenOffice.org: increase 128MB
    • graphics cache - memory per object: increase to 20MB

Note that the file type associations are made by the installer

TWEAK
Issues http://user.services.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?f=39&p=69203, http://www.openoffice.org/servlets/ReadMsg?list=users&msgNo=171370

Unzipping the .exe installer using Ubuntu gives a few directories made up of odd characters, which is OK you can just pull out the files you need, but to save confusion unzip on Windows.

OpenOffice 2.4.1

Variant Sun's version; labeled 'US' but includes en-GB dictionary(?) too; the version without the integrated Java
Version 2.4.1
Installed to workstation
Dependencies
WPKG package.xml example page http://wpkg.org/index.php/OpenOffice.org_2.x#Customizing
AppDeploy page
Installer
Install format
Installation Instructions You get the MSI (openofficeorg2?.msi) and associated .cab files (openofficeorg1.msi, openofficeorg2.msi, openofficeorg3.msi, openofficeorg4.msi) by extracting the contents of the installer executable. To set the program directory to be non-version-specific, open openofficeorg20.msi in ORCA and change Directory → INSTALLLOCATION from %PROGRAMFILES%\OpenOffice.org 2.x to %PROGRAMFILES%\OpenOffice. Then save the MSI.
Release Notes
Changelog
Silent Installation and uninstallation
Configuration

We set OpenOffice file type associations with the installer.

The installer is an MSI file which supports at least some of the settings we used to make in the response file: msiexec /qb /package "%PACKAGES%\openoffice-us\openofficeorg20.msi" ALLUSERS=1 SELECT_WORD=1 SELECT_EXCEL=1 SELECT_POWERPOINT=1

Per-user configuration:

  • %APPDATA%\OpenOffice.org2\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\setup.xcu - whether registered; locale; file format defaults
  • %APPDATA%\OpenOffice.org2\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\office\common.xcu - all other user preferences
  • Performance settings:

    • graphics cache - use for OpenOffice.org: increase from 9MB to 32MB, recommend 64MB if its a person's main office suite
    • graphics cache - memory per object: increase from 2.4MB to 5MB

Note that the file type associations are made by the installer

TWEAK
Issues http://user.services.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?f=39&p=69203, http://www.openoffice.org/servlets/ReadMsg?list=users&msgNo=171370

OpenOffice 2.4.0

Variant Sun's version; labeled 'US' but includes en-GB dictionary(?) too; the version without the integrated Java
Version 2.4.0
Installed to workstation
Dependencies
WPKG package.xml example page http://wpkg.org/index.php/OpenOffice.org_2.x#Customizing
AppDeploy page
Installer
Install format
Installation Instructions You get the MSI (openofficeorg2?.msi) and associated .cab files (openofficeorg1.msi, openofficeorg2.msi, openofficeorg3.msi, openofficeorg4.msi) by extracting the contents of the installer executable. To set the program directory to be non-version-specific, open openofficeorg20.msi in ORCA and change Directory → INSTALLLOCATION from %PROGRAMFILES%\OpenOffice.org 2.x to %PROGRAMFILES%\OpenOffice. Then save the MSI.
Release Notes
Changelog
Silent Installation and uninstallation
Configuration

We set OpenOffice file type associations with the installer.

The installer is an MSI file which supports at least some of the settings we used to make in the response file: msiexec /qb /package "%PACKAGES%\openoffice-us\openofficeorg20.msi" ALLUSERS=1 SELECT_WORD=1 SELECT_EXCEL=1 SELECT_POWERPOINT=1

Per-user configuration:

  • %APPDATA%\OpenOffice.org2\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\setup.xcu - whether registered; locale; file format defaults
  • %APPDATA%\OpenOffice.org2\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\office\common.xcu - all other user preferences
  • Performance settings:

    • graphics cache - use for OpenOffice.org: increase from 9MB to 32MB, recommend 64MB if its a person's main office suite
    • graphics cache - memory per object: increase from 2.4MB to 5MB

Note that the file type associations are made by the installer

TWEAK
Issues

OpenOffice 2.2.1

Variant Sun's version; labeled 'US' but includes en-GB dictionary(?) too; the version without the integrated Java
Version 2.2.1
Installed to workstation
Dependencies
WPKG package.xml example page http://wpkg.org/index.php/OpenOffice.org_2.x#Customizing
AppDeploy page
Installer
Install format
Installation Instructions You get the MSI (openofficeorg2?.msi) and associated .cab files (openofficeorg1.msi, openofficeorg2.msi, openofficeorg3.msi, openofficeorg4.msi) by extracting the contents of the installer executable. To set the program directory to be non-version-specific, open openofficeorg20.msi in ORCA and change Directory → INSTALLLOCATION from %PROGRAMFILES%\OpenOffice.org 2.x to %PROGRAMFILES%\OpenOffice. Then save the MSI.
Release Notes
Changelog
Silent Installation and uninstallation
Configuration

We set OpenOffice file type associations with the installer.

The installer is an MSI file which supports at least some of the settings we used to make in the response file: msiexec /qb /package "%PACKAGES%\openoffice-us\openofficeorg20.msi" ALLUSERS=1 SELECT_WORD=1 SELECT_EXCEL=1 SELECT_POWERPOINT=1

Per-user configuration:

  • %APPDATA%\OpenOffice.org2\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\setup.xcu - whether registered; locale; file format defaults
  • %APPDATA%\OpenOffice.org2\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\office\common.xcu - all other user preferences
  • Performance settings:

    • graphics cache - use for OpenOffice.org: increase from 9MB to 32MB, recommend 64MB if its a person's main office suite
    • graphics cache - memory per object: increase from 2.4MB to 5MB

Note that the file type associations are made by the installer

TWEAK
Issues

OpenOffice 2.0.4

Variant Sun's version; labeled 'US' but includes en-GB dictionary(?) too; the version without the integrated Java
Version 2.0.4
Installed to workstation
Dependencies
WPKG package.xml example page http://wpkg.org/index.php/OpenOffice.org_2.x#Customizing
AppDeploy page
Installer
Install format
Installation Instructions You get the MSI (openofficeorg20.msi) and associated .cab files (openofficeorg1.msi, openofficeorg2.msi, openofficeorg3.msi, openofficeorg4.msi) by extracting the contents of the installer executable. To set the program directory to be non-version-specific, open openofficeorg20.msi in ORCA and change Directory → INSTALLLOCATION from %PROGRAMFILES%\OpenOffice.org 2.x to %PROGRAMFILES%\OpenOffice. Then save the MSI.
Release Notes
Changelog
Silent Installation and uninstallation
Configuration

"With OpenOffice 1.1.x response files could be used to customise an installation. Now with 2.x using native installers this option is no longer available for most operating systems.". instead the installer is an MSI file which supports at least some of the settings we used to make in the response file: msiexec /qb /package "%PACKAGES%\openoffice-us\openofficeorg20.msi" ALLUSERS=1 SELECT_WORD=1 SELECT_EXCEL=1 SELECT_POWERPOINT=1

Per-user configuration:

  • %APPDATA%\OpenOffice.org2\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\setup.xcu - whether registered; locale; file format defaults
  • %APPDATA%\OpenOffice.org2\user\registry\data\org\openoffice\office\common.xcu - all other user preferences
  • Performance settings:

    • graphics cache - use for OpenOffice.org: increase from 9MB to 32MB, recommend 64MB if its a person's main office suite
    • graphics cache - memory per object: increase from 2.4MB to 5MB

Note that the file type associations are made by the installer

TWEAK
Issues en-GB variant has an issue...