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Chromium 56, LibreOffice 5.2.5

libreoffce_logoI had rebuilt the libreoffice-5.2.4 packages for Slackware -current last week, because library updates in Slackware had broken the spreadsheet application ‘localc‘. And voila… not long afterwards the Document Foundation blog announced 5.2.5: “all users are invited to update to LibreOffice 5.2.5 from LibreOffice 5.1.6 or previous versions“. Today on the first of february, we can even witness the 5.3 release.

A list of the most significant new features of LibreOffice 5.3 has been published in a separate document ( and you are invited to watch a series of short videos ( if you want to get a taste of what’s on the plate. Collaborative editing is the major highlight I guess. A detailed description of these new features is also available as a web page:

I am definitely not building packages right away for 5.3 but I did compile packages for 5.2.5 – albeit only for Slackware -current. I may or may not create these packages for Slackware 14.2 as well and then upgrade the -current package to 5.3. Depends on the other stuff I need to do.

These libreoffice packages are huge in size so please use a mirror for download, and take into account that only the master site and ‘bear’ will have the packages during the first 24 hours.

Note: the LibreOffice browser plugin (NPAPI based) has been removed in LibreOffice 4.4.0:

chromium_iconOn another note, Chromium (and Chrome) 56 ‘stable’ was released. It’s nice to test the HTML5 feature set on a site like HTML5test and see that it is at the top of all the browsers up there (517 points, only Chrome 56 for Windows scores better because it supports speech synthesis).

Packages for Slackware 14.2 and -current are now available from my repository. No ETA for Slackware 14.1 packages, and perhaps it is time for people still using Chromium on 14.1 to upgrade to 14.2?

As always, here are some common download sites:

Have fun! Eric


  1. Eduardo

    Thank you Eric! Both packages so far are working OK.

  2. Guest

    I use Chrome from the extras in the official repository, with dark themes for every site but every page load or tab switch flashes that white background on my face. I was wondering, maybe i could download the sources and compile Chromium with a default black background …

  3. Eduardo

    I think using a custom CSS style doing that wouldn’t be difficult in any browser. If Chrome/Chromium won’t allow that, there are extensions such as Stylist which would help you.

  4. Victor

    Thank you Eric!

  5. Deny Dias


    I’d love to hear your opinion on this:

  6. alienbob

    Deny, this is no issue for my chromium package. If you do not want Widevine CDM support, simply do not install my chromium-widevine-plugin package.

    The above bug report is relevant to Google Chrome only.
    And the last comment kind of promises that there will be a new content setting in Chrome/chromium 57 which will allow you to disable EME.

  7. Deny Dias

    Oh, Eric! This is such a relief, at least for now…

    In the way Google had stated before, it looked like they were about to integrate EME in main the main chromium codebase (which in turns serves all other chromium based browsers, Chrome included) in such a manner that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to package maintainers like you build it without the proprietary bits.

    This move is not of a HUGE privacy concern, as it would also render any independent party code review almost useless, as US laws require a formal company/manufacturer approval before disclosure any discovery, including in the open source part.

    I’m still concerned about W3C positions around EME and other enterprise oriented issues affecting privacy of millions individuals out there. This move from Google is just the most recent development around it. Although the popular demand reverted it in 57 scope, I bet soon enough we’ll talk about this matter again.

    Luckily, we are tech savvy enough to access some sort of a cryptic chrome://settings/content to disable the thing. Unfortunately I can’t tell the same about the average jane/joe.

  8. alienbob

    The average jane/joe does not care.

  9. Deny Dias

    Which is exactly why we, as the nerds, should care for them. 😉

  10. alienbob

    I am uploading the libreoffice-5.2.5 packages for Slackware 14.2 now.

  11. Julio Cesar Gutierrez

    Okular of the 14.1 is not working with unrar 5.X in KDE 4.10.5.

  12. alienbob

    Hi Julio, I am not going to fix anything for Slackware 14.1. You are probably posting your bug report here because you just upgraded to my new unrar 5 package?

    You can do either of the following: (1) downgrade your unrar package to < 5, or (2) apply the patch you find in the bug report to the ark source and recompile ark, or (3) upgrade to Slackware 14.2.

  13. alienbob

    FYI, after wrestling with the LibreOffice 5.3.0 sources for two days I may have to conclude that this release (for now) can not be built on Slackware-current unless someone writes a patch that allows me to use “–without-system-icu –without-system-harfbuzz”.
    Slackware’s harfbuzz is built without support for graphite, so libreoffice rejects the system version, and the build process keeps picking up the system icu (which is a different version than the internal libreoffice copy) even when I specify “–without-system-icu”.
    The build also fails when I specify “–with-system-icu” with the error (first of the errors at least):
    CommonSalLayout.cxx:(.text+0x1010): undefined reference to `hb_icu_script_to_script’.
    That error is probably also related to “–without-system-harfbuzz”.

  14. Julio Cesar Gutierrez

    Thank you for attention, Eric. I simply reported the bug.

  15. Willy Sudiarto Raharjo


    Christoph is able to build 5.3.0 in 14.2 (not in current). Although icu4c and harfbuzz version are different, but perhaps you can take a look?

  16. alienbob

    Hi Willy

    Looks like he too, needed to switch from system harfbuzz to the libreoffice internal copy of harfbuzz, but I also assume he ran into the same linker issues that aborted the build in my case.
    He “solves” that by adding the “ignore errors” parameter “-i” to his make commandline (“make build-nocheck” became “make -i build-nocheck”).

    The question is, when you ignore the errors during compilation, will the functionality of resulting binaries be affected negatively?

  17. Johannes

    Hello Eric,
    regarding Chromium 56, I think the introduction of the Web Bluetooth API should be mentioned.
    Google are saying “It’s safe because we require user interaction before coupling a web page with the bluetooth devices around the user”, but Lukasz Olejnik successfully argues against that (in my eyes):

    Can we realistically assume that average users will be able to understand the qualitative difference between pairing two local devices, and pairing a local device with a remote web server?

    regards, Johannes

  18. gegechris99

    Thanks Eric for building LO 5.2.5 for Slackware 14.2.

  19. orbea

    Hey, I managed to build libreoffice 5.3.0 for current with my own script. The following patch got me past the CommonSalLayout.cxx:(.text+0x1010): undefined reference to `hb_icu_script_to_script’ issue.

    Note, you might want to rebase it if you try using it. I applied it on top of these two cherry picked upstream commits which might be unnecessary, but don’t hurt either…

  20. alienbob

    orbea, nice patch! I will try that one tonight. Thanks

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