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New packages – should I build them for Slackware 13.37 or for 13.1?

Hi!

A number of big packages are coming up fairly soon. There will be a new LibreOffice (3.4, a major release), and VLC as well will probably have another release shortly. Also, I should be working on KDE 4.6.3.

I am looking at ways to make this manageable for me. Compiling LibreOffice packages takes forever, even for a single Slackware release. Building LibreOffice packages for both Slackware 13.1 and 13.37 will simply take too much of my time.

So, I am interested to find who is running my LibreOffice 3.3.2 package on Slackware 13.37. Do you have issues? Is it working well? I can tell you that I have no issues with that package, and I am using it on my Slackware 13.37 laptop. I will make a decision based on the feedback I will get from you.

For any other package, I will probably switch to creating them for Slackware 13.37 exclusively. You will have no problem compiling your own version of a package for an older Slackware, using my sources. It’s just that you do not want to compile something like LibreOffice yourself!

Please leave your comments below the article.

Thanks, Eric

Comments

Comment from Rodrigo
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 12:56

I have a deep need for LibreOffice in 13.37. Every since you’ve made the LibreOffice packages, I’ve been using them for production. They run flawlesslsy and smooth, it’s a great tool.

Comment from LoneStar
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 13:00

I’m using your 13.1 packages on current, thus 13.37 now. I don’t notice any specific issue. Anyway I would be happy for the upcoming releases to be built on 13.37 directly. My two cents!

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 13:10

I’m using LibreOffice 3.3.2 and it’s working just fine on -Current as well as in 13.37

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 13:14

i wonder, how long does it take to build a single LibreOffice package?

Comment from Robson F. Ramaldes
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 13:17

Hi
I’m Running LibreOffice 3.3.2 with -Current too and no problems at all
Thanks :)

Comment from arslan
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 13:26

I’ll install 13.37 tonight … and I was using you LibreOffice package in 13.1 :)

Comment from arslan
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 13:27

I\’ll install 13.37 tonight … and I was using you LibreOffice package in 13.1 :)

Comment from Nille
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 13:45

As always i expect the latest packages on the latest release of slackware.
If i want them on older releases i’m up for compiling them myself.
And i guess someone else will make packages for older slackware and post them online.
So i think you would only need to make packages for 13.37

Comment from phrag
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 14:26

the only packages I’m not too bothered about are libreoffice.. I’ve a working version, and mostly use Google docs tbh. So afaic, I don’t mind if you skip building arduous libreoffice builds and free up some of your already hectic schedule. Thanks again for all the packages, many of us appreciate :)

Comment from Cwizardone
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 14:54

Lowriter version 3.3.2 works well on 13.37. Loimpress needs improvement, but that is an upstream project.
All your work on Slackware and your packages are greatly appreciated!

Comment from samac
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 15:37

Your 3.3.2 package for 13.1 works great on 13.37. I would suggest compiling for 13.37 as people will still be able to get a 13.1 package from slackbuilds.org (even though they are not compiled).

Comment from poplin
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 16:16

Dear Eric, thanks for saving us hours of frustration with several packages!. I’m a sporadic office suites user. Without trying hard, I failed to compile 3.3.2 in 13.37 using your scripts. My wish is to always have packages for the latest stable version.

Thanks again!

Comment from escaflown
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 17:01

Hi Eric. I’ve been running your libreoffice slackbuild in 4 slackware 13.37 boxes without any issue.

Comment from OzanBurada
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 17:30

Building LibreOffice and VLC just takes too long. Others I can manage.

Comment from toudi
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 17:43

you should definitely build them for 13.37
and thanks for all the great work! you’re the man!
:)

Comment from Mankeke
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 19:25

Hi Eric, i have been using your Libreoffice and vlc packages in 13.1 and 13.37 without any problems. Thanks for the great work

Comment from Thomas Løcke
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 20:18

I’d say you should focus your efforts on the latest and greatest Slackware: 13.37.

Comment from Alex
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 20:29

Hi Eric. Libreoffice is running happily on my freshly installed slackware 13.37 laptop. I’d never build it by myself since there’s always a nice up-to-date copy I can grab from your repository. Cheers. :-)

Comment from fabio
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 20:30

i agree with the mob, 13.37 is the slackware version an user wants to run on his desktop. So being loffice a package targeted for desktop users, 13.37 is probably the best choice

Comment from Martin
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 21:00

Hi, I’ve upgraded 4 machines to 13.37 and installed a fifth. Naturally my preference is for 13.37 packages. ;)
Btw, the LibreOffice 3.3.2 installation (from your packages) survived the upgrade without a glitch (I am only a light user of Writer and Calc). The upgrade also solved any issues I had with the combination of libxml2, zlib, jre and LibreOffice.

Comment from zreaker
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 21:16

Without a doubt imho these should be built for the now stable 13.37. I have been using your LibreOffice build without issue. It performs flawlessly to date.

Comment from ponce
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 21:55

+1 for l33t :D

Comment from AbdurRahman Rozell
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 22:32

I would say 13.37

Comment from SlackwareLover
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 22:41

Hi. We’ve been using your LibreOffice packages from the day they were published on a dozen desktops under slackware-current and no problem was reported.
HTH

Comment from Schmatzler
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 23:14

13.37 as its the new stable version now :) Or otherwise people will constantly complain about why you are supporting an outdated version and not the newest one ;D

Comment from Matt
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 23:15

I’m using the 13.1 package under 13.37 and it seems to be working fine. Wouldn’t hurt to move to 13.37 exclusively, but I haven’t noticed any issues thus far.

Are they going to settle on a directory for the config files, templates, etc.? .ooo3? .libreoffice? .heywearenotopenofficeorganymore?

Comment from Cesarion76
Posted: May 1, 2011 at 23:44

Just moved on from 13.1 to 13.37. Then I run “slackpkg clean-system”. After removing all non stock pkg´s (including LibreOffice), just reinstalled it and works fine, so far … so good. I´m using calc and writer most of the time.

Comment from Mike Langdon (mlangdn)
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 00:12

I’ve been running -current ever since x86_64 was introduced by you. I’ve never had a problem with your packages that I didn’t cause myself. That said, I really need to update my multimedia stuff – like ffmpeg, faad, faac………
I’ve been using your packages for a long time.
I really appreciate the work you do for all of us.

Comment from Victor Bettachini
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 01:36

On a 13.37 laptop recently moved from 13.1 I have no problems using your LibreOffice 3.3.2 with spanish dictionries and formulas on text documents.

Comment from Nick Blizzard
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 02:13

13.37 all the way. No reason to look back now :)

Comment from Eugene
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 02:32

How much space/cpu do you need? My ‘server’ isn’t much but I’d let you compile there to free up some on yours.

Comment from G
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 05:14

I run your libreoffice against -current build without any issues.

Comment from Schenkel
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 05:53

Hi Eric, i think you can go with 13.37. The any issue i found in LibreOffice was the spellchecker, it don’t work for me, on any language. I have tried install other dictionary, but seen it don’t work at all.

Comment from David
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 07:14

Hi Eric!
I use your LibreOffce 3.3.2 packages on -current and I never had problems… so think 13.37 is the right choice.
Thanks for your great work

Comment from Andry
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 09:28

Greetings from Madagascar,

I’m using 13.37 RC3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716 and LibreOffice 3.3.2 is running fine there. So I guess building it for 13.37 is a safe choice.

Thanks for your effort

Comment from conraid
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 10:09

I’m using “your” libreoffice and vlc package in slackware 13.37 and i’m not problem

Comment from conraid
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 10:11

I’m using libreoffice and vlc packagea in slackware 13.37 and i’m not problem

Comment from mike
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 11:16

Onwards and Upwards 13.37 for me

Comment from Punk-Q
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 14:45

Hi Eric,
I think you should build Libreoffice 3.4 for 13.37, because just like you said, its a major release. I have no problem using 3.3.2 in my slack 13 except when I tried to make presentation and then open it in M$ Office. As for vlc, I have to admit, i’m not vlc’s biggest fan, mplayer works jut fine for me.

Comment from giovanni
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 15:18

Hi Eric, I would like to be able to have your LibreOffice 3.4 also for 13.1. If you can, maybe you can compile only this last program also for 13.1.

Comment from milano94
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 16:00

Just like giovanni said.. could you please build LibreOffice 3.4 for slackware 13.1 this time only.. because I can’t build it by my self using my old hardware :(
anyway thank you eric for all your great work

Comment from gegechris99
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 16:11

I’m using LibreOffice 3.3.2 on 13.37. No issue so far (but limited usage from me). By the way, thanks for the great work.

Comment from John Yost
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 16:14

I vote for 13.37. using your packages now. I was not able to compile it though

Comment from BroX
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 19:18

Big vote for 13.37! Have using your packages LibreOffice and KDE) without any problems running -current.

Comment from Andrey
Posted: May 2, 2011 at 20:32

I am running your LibreOffice 3.3.2 package on Slackware 13.37. It working very well. Thanks!

Comment from michelino
Posted: May 3, 2011 at 11:54

Daily use use of libreoffice-3.3.2-x86_64-1alien with 13.37 (erlier -current) no problems here

Comment from michelino
Posted: May 3, 2011 at 11:55

I was forgetting: many many thanks for you work!!!!

Comment from KupoB
Posted: May 3, 2011 at 13:31

No problem with libreoffice-3.3.2-i486-1alien on both -current and 13:37 (using mainly Calc and Writer).
Ah, and big 10x for your great contribution!!!

Comment from init_
Posted: May 3, 2011 at 16:41

All works, but i found little bug – there is no icon for LibreOffice in Office menu, and there is no icon for LibreOffice Writer/Web in internet menu, other objects with icon. Im using XFCE 4.6

Comment from Corey
Posted: May 3, 2011 at 18:45

I’m using your libreoffice package on 13.37…no issues

Comment from sigterm
Posted: May 4, 2011 at 13:53

I vote for 13.37. And many thanks for your work.

Comment from Greg
Posted: May 5, 2011 at 02:48

I had once called a heroic act building open/libreoffice from source and someone on the irc pointed me to your vlc.SlackBuild. Now you get my point :)
I think its a good decision to continue building LO for 13.1 and 13.37 and everything else just for the latest release.
LO works great here on 13.37/current x86_64. Hopefully soon enough it will be in Slackware. Thanks again for all the work, throughout the years..

Comment from atyoung
Posted: May 5, 2011 at 06:20

13.37 is the way to go, if someone wants it for something other than current stable, they should build it. Thanks for all your effort and hard work.

Comment from ricciare
Posted: May 5, 2011 at 11:38

Hi, I’m using your LibreOffice and VLC packages on 13.37 and both works great.

Comment from Aravind
Posted: May 6, 2011 at 01:05

13.37 :)

Comment from Sam Albuquerque
Posted: May 6, 2011 at 09:40

LO 3.3.2 on Slackware-current.

current is so stable that I’m stuck with it.

Comment from Nicholas Sushkin
Posted: May 6, 2011 at 19:49

LibreOffice 3.3.2 on Slackware 13.37! Please build for 13.37 :)

Comment from escaflown
Posted: May 7, 2011 at 02:23

I can smell KDE 4.5.3, Eric. :)

Comment from JokerBoy
Posted: May 7, 2011 at 10:24

not 4.6.3?

Comment from escaflown
Posted: May 7, 2011 at 15:46

Sorry JokerBoy: I meant 4.6.3 :)

Comment from Lotar
Posted: May 7, 2011 at 18:57

I’m using your libreoffice and vlc (and other packages) in -current (before the 13.37) and i don’t have problem

Comment from eddy
Posted: May 8, 2011 at 09:43

Slackware64-current (now 13.37) and libreoffice 3.3.2: no problems here.

Comment from f4b1ck
Posted: May 8, 2011 at 12:46

I’m in current, then package for 13.37 are welcome! :-)

Comment from rob
Posted: May 10, 2011 at 13:27

Hi, running 13.37 now, and no problems with the VLC or libreoffice packages you’ve made thus far (for 13.1).

Thanks

Comment from adioe3
Posted: May 11, 2011 at 13:42

Running -current and 13.37 so +1 1337 :)

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