Hey, I hope I didn't miss any of your point.
-this was a test - a sample ISO in RC ..
This is a sample ISO in RC. correct. But, I hope you won't disagree with me that this whole FreeOffice disco is about inclusion/(to be) shipping in Manjaro and the community is not good with the decision (or right now, proposal as it is in RC).
-this is not the exact way freeoffice will ship - already they are playing with enabling many of the 'pro' features such as interacting with doc and ODT and dark mode - thanks to manjaros feedback.
Why should the community care about what are their 'PRO' features and what are their "actual free" features? Who cares what they change now? The point I or some of we all are trying to make is that, why an inferior proprietary crippleware? LibreOffice, an open source, community driven office suite is already superior in any manner to the so called (Non)FreeOffice. Then why the community should care what are their PRO features, what now they're going to add in free version? why all this drama?
-at the same time calamares or another post-install tool will allow for software choice - which will end up pertaining to your office suite or snaps, etc.
yeah, the community can install ArchLinux also by following (difficult) steps. Why not FreeOffice follow the same calameres path? When the community is opposing a proposal in a neat distro, why Manjaro should pat the proprietary software?
-dude almost everyone does, unless you are running one of the 12 or so FLOSS distros. steam. nvidia drivers. google chrome. etc. If you want that kind of distro go install one like Trisquel ... Manjaro was never that. Nor was Antergos, or Arch, or Mint ...
Everyone do not dude! At least I'm not. Distrohopping is not everyone's routine. Everybody will not try dozens of distros. Steam is gaming. Nvidia proprietary drivers are for better gaming. When it comes to entertainment, let it be proprietary, no body cares. But, the software should be libre and LibreOffice is doing it fine. I don't really care about Google Chrome. I use Firefox & Brave.