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LibreOffice Developers Working on a New Toolbar Layout

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The LibreOffice developers are working on a new interface that aims to unify all the different toolbars. This is still under development, and it will be provided as an option and not as default.

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French and British Governments

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UK Government Kicks Out Microsoft Office and Adopts LibreOffice

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The UK Government is looking to shed its dependency on proprietary software and entered into a new commercial deal with an open source software company Collabora Productivity that adapts LibreOffice for the use in enterprise environments.

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Also: Government Open Source Office deal set to provide major savings

Upcoming Features of LibreOffice 5.1

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We reported earlier that The Document Foundation non-profit organization announced the first bug hunting session for the upcoming LibreOffice 5.1 open-source office suite.

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LibreOffice 5.1 Arrives in February 2016, First Bug Hunting Session Announced

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The Document Foundation, through Italo Vignoli, has had the great pleasure of announcing that the first bug hunting session for the upcoming LibreOffice 5.1 office suite will take place between October 30 and November 1, 2015.

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LibreOffice Is Working On Redoing Their Toolbar Layout

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LibreOffice developers have begun working on a new toolbar layout that at least for now is optional and should provide a better user experience with some desktops.

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LibreOffice 5.0.3 to Bring GTK+, DOCX Fixes, and More

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The Document Foundation has revealed that the first Release Candidate for the LibreOffice 5.0.3 branch has been released and is now available for download.

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Italy’s Bari switching to LibreOffice and ODF

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The Italian city of Bari is about to complete its transition to LibreOffice and the open document format ODF. At the end of this year, the open source suite of office productivity tools will have been implemented on 75% of the city’s nearly 1700 PC workstations. Change management is a key part of the transition, explains Marini Latini, who helped train the city’s staff members.

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LibreOffice 4.4.6 to Be Last in the Series, New RC Is Out

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The Document Foundation has revealed that the first Release Candidate for LibreOffice 4.4.6 has been released, and it packs quite a lot of changes and improvements.

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LibreOffice Being Ported To The Web Browser Via EmScripten

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While there is already LibreOffice Online as a cloud-based version of the open-source office suite, there's a new, separate effort underway for getting LibreOffice in web browsers.

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OpenSUSE Ends Support For Binary AMD Graphics Driver

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