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From "Ivajlo Angelov" <>
Subject RE: [DISCUSS] Release 4.2: General Topics
Date Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:25:04 GMT

-----Original Message-----
From: Kay [] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 10:14 PM
To: AOO Dev Apache
Subject: [DISCUSS] Release 4.2: General Topics

Hello all--
I think it would be valuable to discuss some general issues/ideas with the upcoming 4.2 release.
My plan is to keep this general discussion "in play" until Sat, Sept 3, then do a summary
with what was agreed to.

WARNING: This is quite long!


1. Update the localization.

We've had quite a bit of work by the localization folks since the 4.1.1 release. This was
the last release, in 2014-08-21 to import localization updates. Currently, it seems we might
also add 3 new languages: Uyghur, Sinhala, and Icelandic with the 4.2 release. This would
include both UI translations and Help translations.

We need volunteers to lead this endeavor. I, personally, don't know anything about this process.
This is a very high priority and it would be good to port translations over to our main repository
as soon as possible for testing.

2. Update Java requirement from Java 1.5 to *at least* Java 1.7

I am rather adamant that we change our building requirement to Java 1.7 for all platforms.
I will be changing that in our Building Guide today.
Java 1.5 went out of support by Oracle in November, 2009. We use OpenJDK but I'm sure updates
for Java 1.5 through that channel are also no longer available.
Even Java 1.7 has reached end of life by Oracle for public support as of April, 2015. To avoid
undue issues for some of our current users on older platforms, I am "OK" with java 1.7. I
am fairly confident ALL users can obtain this for whatever platform they are using.

3. Issues for inclusion

We need to include submitted/tested patches since 4.0.x. This should not include UI changes
which would need to undergo a much longer test period.

The ones I've identified are:

Due to the fact that I actually have trouble identifying patches in BZ, this query may not
be inclusive, so please feel free to do your own investigation.

Additionally, issue 127068, involving analytics on our source code would surely be worth investigating.

You might also see commits involving code that are related to other issues that are not on
the above query.


1. Move to different buildbots?

I will be forwarding a communication I had this morning from infrastructure concerning our
current issues with our buildbots and a possible solution. You will see that the Linux32 and
Linux64 buildbots are not even the same version of Ubuntu. We could move to Ubuntu 14 for
both these Linux buildbots where we would also have more control over what's installed on
We need a volunteer to lead this effort.

2. Configuration Issues
Add, at least the ant version we're checking for in our configuration is not the version recommended
in our Building Guide.


For all our past distributions, we've had our own production environment if you will. This
means the end user binaries were produced on AOO developer equipment, and these developers
took responsibility for signing the binaries and getting them uploaded to SourceForge.  It
has been suggested that we use the ASF buildbots to produce our binaries with this release.
My feeling is that unless we can "move" to a new buildbot environment that is more consistent
with our two Linux distributions, we can'd to this.

The issues with using an AOO production environment vs ASF is this:
* it is much easier to script signing of binaries and move them to SourceForge on AOO supplied
production equipment.
* if we use ASF buildbot output, the binaries need to be downloaded to some other location
by developers for signing, computing checksums, etc.
There is no direct shell access to the buildbot machine that I am aware of for transfer purposes.

Andrea has volunteered to set up a production environment for us. SEE:

We need PMC members to volunteer with this effort if we decide to continue with the AOO production

--- the end for now --

This is probably enough for now. More coming over the next few days.
Kay Schenk
Apache OpenOffice

"Things work out best for those who make  the best of the way things work out."
                         -- John Wooden

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