Read all about it in their official announcement “the best free office suite ever“. LibreOffice has made great strides ever since it was forked off OpenOffice. On LinuxQuestions.org, which hosts my favourite Slackware forum, LibreOffice was chosen by its member community as Office Suite of the Year (with 81.01% of the votes). Bravo!
Of course, I wanted to have Slackware packages ready ASAP. Silly me… the developers are changing the build process with each new release cycle. The 3.3 -> 3.4 switch gave me headaches and 3.4 -> 3.5 is no different. In fact, it is even worse. The build system is moving toward using standard autoconf/automake/make tooling, and piece-by-piece getting rid of java/dmake for its compilation. This means, I had to revise my libreoffice.SlackBuild script again.
Unfortunately I did not have the chance (due to time constraints) to test beta builds, so now that the release is there, I am faced with an inability to compile new packages…
I have been running compilations for days, breaking off after 12+ hours repeatedly, and currently I can’t even get past the “configure” stage… being stuck at a horribly broken SlackBuild script.
No doubt I will eventually succeed, and present you some nice packages, but not soon. Terribly sorry, but I thought I would at least let you know.
In the meantime, I did manage to build VLC packages (which you can read all about in my previous post) and soon some new QEMU and qemu-kvm packages. A lot of my time is currently spent on a new ARM port of Slackware. I hope to write some more about that too, in the near future.