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LibreOffice 5.0 to Bring Better Excel 2013 Importing

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The first Release Candidate for LibreOffice 5.0 has been made available by The Document Foundation and it comes packed with a ton of changes and improvements. There are still a few weeks left until the stable edition arrives, but we can see what the developers are doing until then.

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LibreOffice 4.4.4 to Arrive Very Soon, RC2 Is Out and Ready for Testing

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The Document Foundation has revealed that the second RC (Release Candidate) for the LibreOffice 4.4.4 branch has been released and it should now be available for download and testing.

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LibreOffice 5.0 Will Offer Microsoft Word-Compatible Text Highlighting

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The Document Foundation published recently details about the immediate availability for download and testing of the third Beta release of the upcoming LibreOffice 5.0 open-source office suite for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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LibreOffice Enables GTK3 VCL Plug-In Building By Default

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With the newest LibreOffice Git code, the GTK3 support code compiling is enabled by default. However, this is just building for the GTK3 VCL plug-in. At run-time, the GTK3 usage is still disabled by default. A --disable-gtk3 option is available for those not wanting to build with the GTK3 support.

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LibreOffice 5.0 RC1 Is Out, Bug Session Organized by The Document Foundation

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The first RC release for LibreOffice 5.0 has been made available by The Document Foundation and it's now available for download and testing. Developers are organizing a new bug hunting session for this release.

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The 7 Best Features in LibreOffice Writer

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Fifteen years after Sun Microsystems released the code for OpenOffice.org, most users still don't know what they have, especially in the text processor Writer. Far from being an inadequate substitute for Microsoft Word, in LibreOffice, the code's latest incarnation, Writer is so far ahead of its rival that there's no competition. You would have to compare Writer with a professional tool like FrameMaker to find a suitable comparison.

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Apache OpenOffice versus LibreOffice

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Following yesterday's LibreOffice report for 2014, comes another interesting report from Document Foundation members Barend Jonkers and Cor Nouws comparing the features of LibreOffice and OpenOffice. The 60-page report "focuses on areas as feasibility, smart use, quality and improvements, localization and more." It makes clear that LibreOffice has undergone massive improvements as compared to OpenOffice.

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LibreOffice 4.4.3 Lands in Ubuntu 15.04, Snappy Desktop Next UEFI Support Coming Soon

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On June 2, Will Cooke reported the regular weekly summary about what has been implemented in the Ubuntu operating system and what features will arrive in the coming weeks.

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LibreOffice launches Open Document Format viewer app for Android

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THE DOCUMENT FOUNDATION, curator of the LibreOffice suite, has announced LibreOffice Viewer for Android.

LibreOffice Viewer is the first native application from the group to offer Open Document Format documents.

The term 'Viewer' should be emphasised at present, as the Foundation acknowledges that it is not ready for "mission critical tasks" in edit mode, and indeed users have to opt in to editing within settings.

It is an important first step, however, and the community is already working on a fuller version that offers more of the expected features.

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Software Commons vs. Product

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One regular reader of this blog contacted me a few days ago to share a few suggestions and some concerns about the LibreOffice project. I did not agree with many of the points he was making, but a few of them made sense. I’d like to discuss the main one, because I think there is no clear cut answer about it even inside the LibreOffice project.

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