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Kotlin SI-GUI – A quick update

It’s about time for a quick update πŸ™‚

Firstly, as the initial issues are resolved there won’t be any updates for the traditional SI-GUI anymore (I may add a hint to the new version after some time)

Regarding my questions in Kotlin re-implementaion of SI-GUI:

  1. Changing the root folder should not be needed, therefore I hid it. It was not easy as either one used this feature a lot or not at all….
  2. Default folders in Java are very difficult. I tried to guess the Desktop folder – but that honestly is not more than a guess…. For downloading and installing temp folders are used. This will work, however, this might be unexpected. Have a look at the options
  3. Hardcoding anything is a bad idea. Therefore the current implementation fetches the list of available languages from here. 6.0.4.1 at the moment. So new helppack languages are sadly only included, if they are found here. I hope that this a good limitation.
  4. The Bootstrap.ini file will always be modified
  5. Linux version IS possible, but not supported at the moment
  6. There is a early version of an Android build: CLICK ME

There are 2 things I want to task about in the rest of this post, the desktop UI and the Linux support.

I made an update to the desktop UI (and speed improvements on certain operations). Please give it a try DOWNLOAD. I do not know if the new color scheme causes eye cancer….

Linux support

I do not have a Linux VM at the moment. Therefore I cannot test / validate if what I wrote is correct (and besides of that I would have extreme problems to troubleshoot everything.

There does exist an instruction here. I hope I find a volunteer, which helps me out and creates a script which does the following:

  • Defines 2-4 variables: 1-3 files (MAIN, HP, SDK) and the target folder
    • For the script one of those files e.g. only MAIN would be enough as the rest is just copy and paste
  • Implement the instructions, so that the file(s) will be installed in the folder. The target folder should be created if it does not exist yet.
  • If possible absolute paths should be used
  • Temporary files should be deleted afterwards
  • If possible there should be a short console output (“Starting installation”, “Extracting files”,”Cleanup”,”Done!” or similar), so that the user gets an idea about the process
  • LibreOffice should be installed in a way that the “program” folder within LibreOffice is a direct child of the defined install location in the first step

That’s about what’s missing for Linux support. Startup / downloading files should work by now. Especially Linux users: Please keep in mind that the desktop app uses JavaFX, which is bundled in Oracle JDKs, but has to be installed seperatly for openjdk. (Soon that will be also true for Oracle JDKs…). “OpenJfx” should be the package name you are looking for,

PS: The icons are temporary, Andreas Kainz might create a better looking icon soon.

LibreOffice Auto-Update

LibreOffice introduced the new “Online Update”.

Why have I named this post “Auto-update” ?

Well, if you want to, you easily can turn the Online Update to an Auto Update. All you have to do is changing at least one option. (Do not worry, the maximum is two) At first open the Options dialog ( Tools –> Options…). In this dialog open the Online Update settings page.

Make sure, that “Check for updates automatically” is checked and “Download updates automatically” should be checked in the same way. (See picture above). Β At this point you may change the download destination to a better destination…

So – now you have transformed “LibreOffice Online-Update” to “LibreOffice Auto-Update”.