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LibreOffice 3.5.4 – speed improvements

I finished a set of LibreOffice packages yesterday (targeting Slackware 13.37 and newer) and uploaded them last night. The new maintenance release of LibreOffice boasts “Up to 100% performance improvements thanks to the efforts  of a diverse and growing developer and QA community“.

Grab the libreoffice package (it’s huge as always) and if you want a localized version you should additionally install/upgrade one or more of the language packs. The “libreoffice-mozplugin” package enables the embedding of documents in your mozilla-compatible webbrowser.

There were issues with password-protected documentsin previous LO releases but it looks like these issues have not been resolved yet… I get the same Input/Output error still. The promised speed improvements should please those people who had complained on that complex and large documents caused unacceptible slow responses in the program.

If you want to compile this yourself on Slackware 13.37, then you must make sure that you have applied all the available patches for 13.37 first, in particular the newer seamonkey package there. Also you have to replace your JRE package with the full JDK found in the “/extra” directory. Additional non-Slackware requirements for compilation are Apache Ant and the Archive:Zip Perl module. after installing/upgrading all that, logout from your shell and login again to update your environment (or just run ” . /etc/profile ” including that dot). None of this is necessary if you just want to use my package for LibreOffice.

You can find the packages for Slackware 13.37 (they will work without issues on -current too!) in the usual locations. All of the mirrors below also offer rsync access by the way:

Tonight, I shall continue with my KDE 4.9.beta1 packaging effort. There was progress last night, so the outcome looks promising. Hopefully I will have something for you before the end of the weekend!

Cheers, Eric


  1. Mike Langdon (mlangdn)

    Thanks Eric! As much as we enjoy your work – make sure you take plenty of time out for yourself. Go grab a beer!

  2. skurg

    Thank you!!! I love this site and Slackware GNU/Linux.

  3. gegechris99

    Thank you Eric.
    Indeed LO is loading faster here.

  4. oldfogie


    I notice on page they mention a new encryption algorithm. Is that what you are referring to w.r.t the i/o errors?

    Thank you again for the build. I’m hoping they fixed the ability to open lowriter, use F4 for the addressbook wizard, and use the mozilla addressbook as an addressbook source. I’d be in Heaven if they got this working.


  5. cesarion76

    I can’t print any document directly from LO. If I export to PDF can print from Okular. What can be the problem? I’ve had this issue with version 3.5.3 as well

    thanks for the hard work!

  6. fogie

    Well I spent some time on this tonight 🙁

    Short version is that they did fix the database/addressbook integration with mozilla thunderbird, seamonkey . But I can only get it to work with the official binaries and not with your build Eric.

    I don’t know that this would be an issue for the majority of the user’s of your package, but if you need a bug tester you know I’m more than willing to give any help.

    On this topic, I did notice that if I have a seamonkey profile and a thunderbird profile, this addressbook integration will not work at all.

    So it appears you cannot have a seamonkey addressbook and a thunderbird addressbook. You have to totall rm -rf $WHICHEVER.

    Is there some form of $MOZHOME for users, I don’t know. But let’s hope that they get this fixed.

    On a positive note, this is a fantastic feature for small office / home office users ; and it’s very nice to see a FOSS project *finally* target that audience. This is a first time I’ve seen this integration on gnu/linux yet. Job well done.

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