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LibreOffice 5.1.0 for slackware-current

libreoffce_logoLibreoffice 5.1.0 was announced last week on the Document Foundation blog.

The Document Foundation statement about this release: “LibreOffice 5.1 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users. For enterprise class deployments, TDF maintains the more mature 5.0.x branch (soon at 5.0.5)“.

Which is why I make this new 5.1.0 release available only on Slackware’s own bleeding edge: slackware-current.


Some of the highlights of LibreOffice 5.1 as taken from the release notes:

  • User Interface: LibreOffice 5.1’s user interface has been completely reorganized, to provide faster and more convenient access to its most used features. A new menu has been added to each of the applications: Style (Writer), Sheet (Calc) and Slide (Impress and Draw). In addition, several icons and menu commands have been repositioned based on user preferences.
  • Interoperability: Compatibility with proprietary document formats has been improved, as a part of the ongoing effort for a better interoperability with other productivity software. In addition, filters have been added for Apple Keynote 6, Microsoft Write and Gnumeric files.
  • Spreadsheet Functions: Calc’s formula engine has been improved with features addressing restrictions in table structured references and sticky column/row anchors, interoperability with OOXML spreadsheets and compatibility with ODF 1.2.

Packages can be obtained from these mirror sites and probably others too (if you have a fast, uptodate and reliable mirror outside the US or UK I’d like to hear from you):

Cheers! Eric


Comment from Sergio Hernandez
Posted: February 14, 2016 at 03:40

Thanks a lot Eric, I was waiting for this 🙂

Comment from cmyster
Posted: February 14, 2016 at 04:50

FYI, as of this time only master and taper have the latest packages…

Comment from cwizardone
Posted: February 14, 2016 at 05:12

Nicely done!
Many Thanks!

Comment from max
Posted: February 14, 2016 at 09:00

Hi Alien,
I received this:

rsync: server sent “rsync: –bwlimit=1M: invalid numeric value (in daemon mode)” rather than greeting
rsync error: error starting client-server protocol (code 5) at main.c(1648) [Receiver=3.1.2]

Comment from swhp
Posted: February 14, 2016 at 10:29

Eric I’m try use rsync from taper, but it’s not working and give me error message like this: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at io.c(276) [Receiver=3.1.2]

Comment from alienbob
Posted: February 14, 2016 at 11:22

The issue was the “–bwlimit=1M:” parameter I added in an attempt to reduce the monthly bandwidth usage which had grown to extremes and was costing my sponsor a lot of money.
When rsync runs in daemon mode (from inetd) that parameter does not accept ‘G’ or ‘M’ to indicate gigabytes or megabytes; it only accepts a number which is interpreted as KB.
I changed the rsync line in /etc/inetd.conf and rsync is working again.

Comment from Gerardo
Posted: February 14, 2016 at 20:28

I can’t understand. I’ve dowlnoaded the txz packages and upgrades my 5.04 version. But when I run libreoffice from a terminal only get the splash screen of Libreoffice for a while ans a message sais “Aplication Error” in the trerminal. Y tried deleting my .config/libreoffice directory and no results.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: February 14, 2016 at 22:17

Gerardo, what version and architecture of Slackware?

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Comment from E. W. Johnson
Posted: February 16, 2016 at 07:05

Some of the pulldown not have mouse control.
For example the menu to select the icon style (oxygen , tango, galaxy, etc…) is not mouse selectable. Keyboard arrow keys +Enter works but not the mouse click. some other submenus have the same.problem . I didn’t notice this until after installing qt5 which vlc2.2.2 required.

Comment from E. Wayne Johnson
Posted: February 18, 2016 at 23:42

AB, thank your for all your hard work and yeoman’s service to the Slackware community.

Pursuant to the menu problem I got the LibreOffice rpm and installed it as in parallel to your previous build of 5.0.4. Both are working fine and don’t have the menu problems. I havent dared try qt-5 again yet though.

Comment from Sam Albuquerque
Posted: February 19, 2016 at 14:45

Hi Eric,

I tried upgrading with slackpkg today and am getting md5sum error for the libreoffice-5.1.0-x86_64-1alien.txz

Comment from alienbob
Posted: February 19, 2016 at 14:57

Sam, I can not help you if you don’t tell what mirror you are using or where you downloaded the package.

Comment from Gerardo
Posted: February 21, 2016 at 21:40

Hi Alien thanks for your reply. I’m using Slackware (upgraded to current version) 32 bits. And KDE 4.14.6.

Comment from Eduardo
Posted: February 22, 2016 at 16:04

Successfully upgraded. So far, so good. Thank you Eric!

Comment from zaskar
Posted: March 11, 2016 at 18:07

Thanks for the update. But, am I the only one seeing a lot of problems in this version? The most annoying one is that I cannot reorder slides in impress (drag action doesn’t drag, just selects, in any view mode). And it also feels much slower for many actions. Previously I was using lo 5.0.4 provided by sbopkg, but started to crash after some ‘slackpkg update’.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: March 11, 2016 at 21:20

zaskar, your issues can certainly be real, but perhaps you are using functionality that others have not yet touched.
If you are seeing regressions or actual bugs it would be a good idea to open a bug report in the LibreOffice bug tracker. That’s the only way to get them noticed and addressed by the developers.

Comment from zaskar
Posted: March 12, 2016 at 02:01

I’ve downloaded and installed the rpms for version 5.1.1 from and they worked ok, but your version looks a bit different in many visual details. I’m just guessing but is your version using gtk 3 instead of gtk 2? That would explain the differences and the bugs.

Comment from Gerardo
Posted: March 13, 2016 at 15:25

Hi Eric. I’ve found a solution to install LibreOffice without errors, I’dont know if it’s right. I’ve downloaded the rpm packages from the Libreoffice oficial site and after I’ve run rpm2tgz over all off them. Finally I’ve installed all the tgx pakages with installpkg normally. Untill now I have no errors.

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