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  • LibreOffice 6.2 Shipping Today With User Interface Improvements, Many New Features

    If Microsoft Office 2019 isn't your thing, The Document Foundation is today debuting LibreOffice 6.2 as the latest major release for this cross-platform, open-source office suite.

    LibreOffice 6.2 ships today with the optional new "tabbed" UI, the new "grouped-bar compact UI" is also available, there is better KDE/Qt5/LXQt integration, PDF importing enhancements, better PPT/PPTX import/export, support for OOXML agile encryption, native copy/paste support for spreadsheet data into Writer tables, HiDPI enhancements, and a heck of a lot of other changes.

  • LibreOffice 6.2 Officially Released with New NotebookBar UI, Many Improvements

    Six months in developmnt, the LibreOffice 6.2 office suite is now available for download and features a new user interface called NotebookBar, which is based on the MUFFIN concept and was previously an experimental feature. The NotebookBar UI is optional, not enabled by default, and comes in three different flavors, Tabbed, Grouped and Contextual.

    "The Tabbed variant aims to provide a familiar interface for users coming from proprietary office suites and is supposed to be used primarily without the sidebar, while the Grouped one allows to access “first-level” functions with one click and “second-level” functions with a maximum of two clicks," said The Document Foundation.

  • LibreOffice 6.1 Is Now Ready for Mainstream Users and Enterprise Deployments

    LibreOffice 6.1.5 is now available, coming one and a half months after the LibreOffice 6.1.4 point release, marking the open-source office suite as ready for mainstream users and enterprise deployments as The Document Foundation considers the LibreOffice 6.1 series mature enough and thoroughly tested for production use.

    Until LibreOffice 6.1.4, the LibreOffice 6.1 series was only recommended to bleeding-edge and power users, but now The Document Foundation considers the office suite ready for deployment in organizations across a large number of computers starting with LibreOffice 6.1.5, which includes more than 70 bug fixes

Googlebombing it With FUD the Day Beforehand

Googlebombing with negative press a day before release

  • LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice vulnerable to same bug; only one is fixed

    Austrian researcher Alex Inführ publicly reported the vulnerability on Friday, shortly after it was fixed in LibreOffice. His disclosure included a proof-of-concept exploit that successfully executed commands on computers running what was then a fully patched version of LibreOffice. The only interaction that was required was that the target user hover over an invisible link with a mouse. On Wednesday, researcher John Lambert provided additional PoC samples.

Original release announcement

  • The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.2 with NotebookBar, the office suite which offers the most flexible user experience

    The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.2 with NotebookBar, a significant major release of the free office suite which features a radical new approach to the user interface – based on the MUFFIN concept [1] – and provides user experience options capable of satisfying all users’ preferences, while leveraging all screen sizes in the best way.

    The NotebookBar is available in Tabbed, Grouped and Contextual flavors, each one with a different approach to the menu layout, and complements the traditional Toolbars and Sidebar. The Tabbed variant aims to provide a familiar interface for users coming from proprietary office suites and is supposed to be used primarily without the sidebar, while the Grouped one allows to access “first-level” functions with one click and “second-level” functions with a maximum of two clicks.

    The design community has also made substantial changes and improvements to icon themes, in particular Elementary and Karasa Jaga.

A Summary of LibreOffice Karasa Jaga Icon Theme Works

  • A Summary of LibreOffice Karasa Jaga Icon Theme Works (For Upcoming 6.2 Release)

    As we know, Karasa Jaga, an icon theme derived from the Oxygen theme successfully entered the last fresh release of LibreOffice (6.1) on August. Since its inception for the first time, Karasa Jaga has been very complete and can even be said to have nearly 5,000 icons, because it has exceeded the number of icons that Galaxy and Colibre have had since first entering Karasa Jaga already has extra large icon support (32px * 32px).

    But the work did not stop there, there were many things that should be improved. Moreover, in the next 6.2 release there are so many new icons that should be made especially to support the Notebookbar Tab interface. In addition, the existing icons also need to be adjusted, plus I want to add more SVG support.

Jill Franklin at LJ

LibreOffice 6.2 Released With UI Improvements, Security Features

  • LibreOffice 6.2 Released With UI Improvements, Security Features, And More

    The Document Foundation has released the latest version of its popular open source office suite in the form of LibreOffice 6.2; it brings some major improvements over its predecessor.

    One of the most notable features of LibreOffice 6.2 is the new “tabbed” user-interface, dubbed NotebookBar, which was in an experimental phase for quite some time. The feature is not enabled by default and is available in three different variants — Tabbed, Contextual and Grouped.

The new MySQL driver in LibreOffice

  • The new MySQL driver in LibreOffice

    Base – the database editing program of LibreOffice – offers several features when it comes to external database connection. One interesting feature is that Base lets you connect to an external database not only with ODBC and JDBC but with native connectors too. Using the native connector instead of a standard like JDBC sometimes has a positive impact on performance.

    Considering that MySQL is one of the most used database management systems worldwide it is clear that the support of connecting to a MySQL database is an unavoidable part of Base. Currently there are three ways supported to connect to a MySQL database: with ODBC, JDBC and using a native connector. However, the last option was only available as an extension, and it is the part of the core project only since November 2018.

    Why was it only an extension at the first place? The native connection was implemented by using the C++ connector of MySQL, which is licensed under GPL. Because of that it could not be put into the core project. So what is the solution then?

By Joey Sneddon

  • LibreOffice 6.2 Released, This is What’s New

    Downloads of LibreOffice 6.2, billed as a ‘significant major release’ of the popular free office suite, are now available.

    Headline changes in the LibreOffice 6.2 release include a ‘radical new approach to the user interface’ (albeit optional), new capabilities in Writer, Calc and Draw, and improved compatibility with Microsoft Office files.

Official message

  • LibreOffice 6.2 released

    LibreOffice 6.1.5 also released, for enterprise class deployments and
    mainstream users looking for robust productivity

    Berlin, February 7, 2019 - The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice
    6.2 with NotebookBar, a significant major release of the free office suite
    which features a radical new approach to the user interface - based on the
    MUFFIN concept [1] - and provides user experience options capable of
    satisfying all users' preferences, while leveraging all screen sizes in the
    best way.

    The NotebookBar is available in Tabbed, Grouped and Contextual flavors,
    each one with a different approach to the menu layout, and complements the
    traditional Toolbars and Sidebar. The Tabbed variant aims to provide a
    familiar interface for users coming from proprietary office suites and is
    supposed to be used primarily without the sidebar, while the Grouped one
    allows to access “first-level” functions with one click and
    “second-level” functions with a maximum of two clicks.

    The design community has also made substantial changes and improvements to
    icon themes, in particular Elementary and Karasa Jaga.

    LibreOffice 6.2 new and improved features:

    The help system offers faster filtering of index keywords, highlighting
    search terms as they are typed and displaying results based on the selected
    module.
    Context menus have been tidied up, to be more consistent across the
    different components in the suite.
    Change tracking performances have been dramatically improved, especially
    in large documents.
    In Writer, it is now possible to copy spreadsheet data into tables instead
    of just inserting them as objects.
    In Calc, it is now possible to do multivariate regression analysis using
    the regression tool. In addition, many more statistical measures are now
    available in the analysis output, and the new REGEX function has been
    added, to match text against a regular expression and optionally replace
    it.
    In Impress & Draw, the motion path of animations can now be modified by
    dragging its control points. In addition, a couple of text-related drawing
    styles have been added, as well as a Format Table submenu in Draw.
    LibreOffice Online, the cloud-based version of the suite, includes many
    improvements too. On mobile devices, the user interface has been
    simplified, with better responsiveness and updates to the on-screen
    keyboard.

    Interoperability with proprietary file formats has also been improved, as
    with every major and minor version of LibreOffice, for better compatibility
    with Office documents, including old versions which have been deprecated by
    Microsoft. The focus has been on charts and animations, and on document
    security features, with agile encryption and HMAC verification.

    LibreOffice 6.2's new features have been developed by a large community of
    code contributors: 74% of commits are from developers employed by companies
    sitting in the Advisory Board like Collabora, Red Hat and CIB and by other
    contributors such as the City of Munich and SIL, and 26% are from
    individual volunteers.

    In addition, there is a global community of individual volunteers taking
    care of other fundamental activities such as quality assurance, software
    localization, user interface design and user experience, editing of help
    system and documentation, plus free software and open document standards
    advocacy at a local level.

    A video summarizing the top new features of LibreOffice 6.2 is available on
    YouTube:
    http://documentfoundation.hosted.phplist.com/lists/lt.php...

    LibreOffice 6.1.5 for enterprise class deployments

    The Document Foundation has also released LibreOffice 6.1.5, a more mature
    version which includes some months of back-ported fixes and is better
    suited for enterprise class deployments, where features are less important
    than robustness as the main objective is individual productivity.

    Enterprises willing to deploy LibreOffice on a professional basis should
    source value-added services - related to software support, migrations and
    training - from certified people
    (http://documentfoundation.hosted.phplist.com/lists/lt.php...
    and a
    LibreOffice LTS (Long Term Supported) versions provided by one of the
    companies sitting on TDF Advisory Board
    (http://documentfoundation.hosted.phplist.com/lists/lt.php...

    Sourcing enterprise class software and/or services from the ecosystem of
    certified professionals are the best support options for organizations
    deploying LibreOffice on a large number of desktops. In fact, these
    activities are contributed back to the project under the form of
    improvements to the software and the community, and trigger a virtuous
    circle which is beneficial to all parties, including users.

    Availability of LibreOffice 6.2 and LibreOffice 6.1.5

    LibreOffice 6.2 and LibreOffice 6.1.5 are immediately available from the
    following web page:
    http://documentfoundation.hosted.phplist.com/lists/lt.php...
    Builds of the
    latest LibreOffice Online source code are also available, released as
    Docker images:
    http://documentfoundation.hosted.phplist.com/lists/lt.php...

    LibreOffice Online is fundamentally a server service, and should be
    installed and configured by adding cloud storage and an SSL certificate. It
    might be considered an enabling technology for the cloud services offered
    by ISPs or the private cloud of enterprises and large organizations.

    LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can
    support The Document Foundation with a donation at
    http://documentfoundation.hosted.phplist.com/lists/lt.php...

    LibreOffice 6.2 is built with document conversion libraries from the
    Document Liberation Project:
    http://documentfoundation.hosted.phplist.com/lists/lt.php...

    Press Kit

    The press kit is here:
    http://documentfoundation.hosted.phplist.com/lists/lt.php...

    [1]
    http://documentfoundation.hosted.phplist.com/lists/lt.php...

Now also in El Reg

  • LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want

    While Microsoft was upending the scorn bucket on its own productivity tools, The Document Foundation shoved out an update of LibreOffice, replete with user interface tweaks and improved Office compatibility.

    Originally forked from OpenOffice back in 2010, LibreOffice comprises a word processor in the form of "Writer", a spreadsheet in "Calc" and "Impress" for PowerPoint-esque presentations. It also includes tools for vector drawing, database and formula editing.

    The new version 6.2 is the first release in 2019. 6.0 appeared just over a year ago and 6.1 turned up in August. It remains free and can be downloaded in Windows, Linux and Mac flavours.

    We took a look at the Windows 10 version, the installation of which proved a little problematic.

LibreOffice 6.2 will protect you from Office 2019

  • LibreOffice 6.2 will protect you from Office 2019

    OPEN SOURCE Microsoft spoiler LibreOffice has released a major new edition, with a whole crop of new features and tweaks.

    The Document Foundation, custodians of the brand, announced LibreOffice 6.2, which brings a tabbed interface for the first time and even more file format compatibility.

    This is great news for Microsoft, which recently launched a series of adverts saying how you really shouldn't buy Office 2019, though this is probably not what they had in mind.

More LibreOffice and Distraction From the Real News

Now it's "patch open office suites"

  • Cyber Security Today: U.S. restaurant chain hacked, attack uses real document, patch open office suites

    U.S. restaurant chain has been hacked, an attack uses a real document to trip uses and patch open office suites

    [...]

    Speaking of patching, some people and businesses are saving money by using open source productivity suites like LibreOffice or Apache OpenOffice for Windows, Linux or Macs. Well, they’re not immune from being attacked, just like Microsoft Office. A security researcher has discovered a severe vulnerability in the two open source suites. He reported them months ago, and LibreOffice was patched — which is another reason why you should update to the latest version if you haven’t done so already. OpenOffice, which may be vulnerable. hasn’t yet issued a fix. For technical details here’s a link to the researcher’s blog.

Last Release with 32-bit Support

  • LibreOffice 6.2 is Here: This is the Last Release with 32-bit Support

    LibreOffice is my favorite office suite as a free and powerful alternative to Microsoft Office tools on Linux. Even when I use my Windows machine – I prefer to have LibreOffice installed instead of Microsoft Office tools any day.

    Now, with the recent LibreOffice 6.2 update, there’s a lot of good stuff to talk about along with a bad news.

LibreOffice 6.2 with NotebookBar

LibreOffice 6.2 Released – Here’s What’s New

  • LibreOffice 6.2 Released – Here’s What’s New

    LibreOffice, the best free and open source office suite released the latest version 6.2 with some radical changes. The major improvements is the “Notebookbar” which is a ribbon style menu with tabbed, grouped bar for better and easy user experience.

    Being the only free office suite for professional and production use, LibreOffice’s notebookbar helps users who is more proficient with popular office suites such as Microsoft Office.

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