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Re: [opensuse-factory] Let's keep acroread for pure reasons of usability.
  • From: John Layt <johnlayt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2013 10:50:49 +0100
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On 7 November 2013 22:12, Hans Witvliet <suse@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

So, for some simple pdf okular & Co are apparently good enough.

But as Carlos wrote, it isn't working for more complicated ones.
Counting options....
A) Obviously keeping acroread forever isn't an option
B) keeping it for now is just postponing the inevitable
C) telling people, that if they want, they can install an ancient
version of acroread is just as bad as A)

D) in the beginning of this thread, someone suggested running a recent
version of acroread under wine.
-> When doing such thing, doesn't that involve any security risks? <-
-> What is the chance of providing this for the "default end-user" <-
-> Would it be allowed (if even possible) to create such a
nested&foreign package <-

E) Worst case scenario, having to install W7, just for viewing/filling

Any other options????

F) All the distros get together and fund a project to improve poppler
to the point where it meets the required needs.

Seriously, this will be an issue for all distros, and waiting on
volunteer developers to find enough time to solve the really hard
problems involved will never get you there. It's a key problem that
needs investment and at least one of the distros needs to step up and
fund a solution. Same for printing.

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