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LibreOffice 5.0.0 and 4.4.5 for your Slackware box

libreoffce_logoWeekend treat: new LibreOffice packages for the latest releases from the Document Foundation.

For our stable Slackware (which is 14.1 of course) I have packaged LibreOffice 4.4.5 which was announced at the end of July. Actually, these packages were already available in my repository for the past couple of days but I wanted to wait with writing about it here until I could bake packages for LibreOffice 5.0.0 as well. Note that “LibreOffice 4.4.5 is replacing LibreOffice 4.3.7 as the ‘still’ version for more conservative users and enterprise deployments” according to the official announcement. Therefore I decided to be conservative and stick with 4.4.5 instead of packaging 5.0.0 for Slackware 14.1.

And then LibreOffice 5.0.0 has finally been released in a stable version. I have shared with you the last few Release Candidates to experiment with on slackware-current and therefore I’m happy to tell you that the stable LibreOffice 5.0.0 is packaged and ready for all of you who are running our development version of Slackware. If you are curious about the new features that LO 5 has to offer, I advise you to visit this overview page. Of course, there are numerous improvements all over the board compared to LO 4 – with a strong focus on the User Interface and interoperability with Microsoft’s and Apple’s office suites.

Get the packages from my server or any mirror closer to you:

Note that you can use slackpkg+ to manage your 3rd party packages if those are maintained in Slackware-compatible repositories (like mine). The “slackpkgplus.conf” configuration file for slackpkg+ already has example entries for my repositories – it will be a matter of “slackpkg update && slackpkg upgrade libreoffice” to upgrade to my latest versions.

Have fun! Eric


Comment from Mike Langdon (mlangdn)
Posted: August 8, 2015 at 14:42

Thanks Eric!

Comment from Hubert Phava
Posted: August 8, 2015 at 15:12

Installed and just tested LO-5 on my –current, 8-core Amd cpu and 32G of RAM.

I use some LO extension form epub making:
* pepitocleaner
* writer2epub
*Alternate Find&Replace

If anybody is interested, i can confirm that all those extensions work with 5.0 so you the upgrade, from this point of view, should be painless…


As usual, thank you again Eric, for your work.


Comment from tim
Posted: August 8, 2015 at 15:36

many thanks Eric. does the 5.0 version work on 14.1 as well as current?

Comment from alienbob
Posted: August 8, 2015 at 16:00

tim – no. Slackware packages may be forward compatible but not backward compatible. Especially not something as big as LibreOffice.

Comment from Eduardo
Posted: August 8, 2015 at 21:19

Thank you Eric!

Comment from John Yost
Posted: August 10, 2015 at 00:30

I used your slackbuild for libreoffice 5 on a slackware64-14.1 and it builds and seems to work fine. Is there anything I should watch out for?

Comment from alienbob
Posted: August 10, 2015 at 07:43

Hi John,

I did not expect trouble when compiling 5.0.0 on Slackware 14.1 because the LibreOffice source contain their own version of many supporting libraries. It’s just that I wanted to make a distinction between the stable and development versions of Slackware.

Comment from tim
Posted: August 10, 2015 at 16:58

libreoffice are calling their fresh version (5.0.0) stable now, see
oh the joys of keeping up-to-date!

Comment from tim
Posted: August 10, 2015 at 17:01

sorry, ignore my last comment. I re-read your statement which says it all, just consider it a request for 5.0.0 for slackware 14.1 🙂

Comment from Daniel
Posted: August 10, 2015 at 18:27

The slackbuild for version 5.0 on works quite well on 14.1. 🙂

Comment from alienbob
Posted: August 10, 2015 at 21:17

Yeah well, the SBo version was not compiled on Slackware was it? Sort of why I compile chromium instead of just using Google Chrome.

Comment from Regnad Kcin
Posted: August 13, 2015 at 01:22

Thanks again, Bob.

This version is an improvement from previous LO5.
I have used LO Impress with this new version. It is fast and clean looking. They’ve done made some irritating changes to the toolbars but is easy to fix.

I don’t think this version is entirely “stable” as it blew up on me a couple of times.

Comment from Regnad Kcin
Posted: August 13, 2015 at 09:34

LO5 impress just blew up again while I was resizing an arrow. I have rolled back to a 4.4.x version so that I can finish my work today…

Comment from Renars
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 18:06

Thanks for great work. But now problem is in LO 4.4.5 I need to set default printer language as post script. But there no program as spadmin. So is there other way to do it?

Comment from alienbob
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 18:58

Apparently spadmin was removed in 4.3 and you are supposed to use your local CUPS to offer the various print configurations instead:

Comment from Renars
Posted: October 13, 2015 at 17:41

Thanks for link and explanation 🙂

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