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Libreoffice 3.6.3 packages available

The LibreOfffice developers have released the next update, 3.6.3. This is again mainly a bugfix and stability update. A list with most prominent bugfixes is available too.

LibreOffice extensions are available from

As LibreOffice diverges more and more from OpenOffice I am not certain that the old OOo templates are still working with LibreOffice but the collection of LibreOffice-specific templates is growing steadily in the template-center . If anyone has created a professional-looking set of Slackware themed presentations or document templates, could you offer those for download? I am not an expert in these things, but it would be a nice-to-have. Not for me alone – there are probably many more people with this wish.

The LibreOffice 3.6.3 packages which I am making available have been built on Slackware 13.37. They can be installed on Slackware 14 as well. If you find any issues on Slackware 14 please tell me.

I uploaded the packages yesterday, silently, to give the mirrors a chance to update before announcing them on my blog and in the ChangeLog (tip: subscribe to the RSS feed if you want to be informed first!). Downloads are available here:

Have a good weekend and watch out for new KDE packages next week!



Comment from Matt
Posted: November 3, 2012 at 16:09

Something has been up with the recent builds. It’s a minor thing, but it’s annoying. I used to be able to highlight multiple files and open them in different windows. Now if I try that, it doesn’t open anything. I think that might have been introduced in 3.6.2, not sure. FWIW, I’m using Slackware64 14 with your unofficial KDE packages.

Comment from Luke
Posted: November 3, 2012 at 17:39

Thanks, Eric. Your hard work goes a long way to keeping me going on older hardware with the latest software (Slackware is generally more efficient somehow?).

Comment from Mike Langdon (mlangdn)
Posted: November 3, 2012 at 22:28

Thanks! I will have to check out the extensions link – I’ve never done that yet. My needs are pretty simple, mostly.

Comment from escaflown
Posted: November 3, 2012 at 23:52

Thanks Eric!

Comment from gegechris99
Posted: November 3, 2012 at 23:59

Thank you Eric for the update.

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: November 4, 2012 at 03:29

i can confirm Matt’s bug report since LibreOffice 3.6.2 and it still exists in 3.6.3

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: November 4, 2012 at 04:02

This bug should have been fixed in 3.6.2

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: November 4, 2012 at 04:03

This is known bug and it should have been fixed in 3.6.2

Comment from gegechris99
Posted: November 4, 2012 at 11:06

@Matt and @Willy
I don’t have the reported issue with LibreOffice 3.6.3 on Slackware 14 (32-bit version).

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: November 4, 2012 at 13:15

i also used Slackware 14.0 and 32 bit version and i happened to stumble with this bug unfortunately

Comment from Dan Herkes
Posted: November 4, 2012 at 14:18


Thank you for the office suite. It works well in a 32 bit Slack 14.


Comment from Cesarion76
Posted: November 4, 2012 at 19:30

Hi Eric:
Just noticing this mirror points to libre-office 3.5.4

The mirror seems outdated in general

Best regards


Comment from alienbob
Posted: November 4, 2012 at 20:49

Hi Cesarion76

Yah I am afraid I will have to remove that server from my mirror list. Its maintainer moved to another job position and I expected that this would eventually happen.

Thanks for mentioning, I don’t look at the mirrors often.


Comment from Bob Zowaki
Posted: November 5, 2012 at 00:10

Thanks for the packages.

Comment from Wild Wizard
Posted: November 7, 2012 at 09:29

I just tried out that bug.

The only thing that doesn’t work is the dialog box doesn’t print the file names in the “File Name” field.

The actual process of selecting the files works and when you click open they all open.

FYI For those that haven’t seen the problem, it does only affect the LibreOffice dialog so if your using the standard dialog from the DE then you wont see it.

See Willy’s link on how to switch the dialog settings around.

Comment from Thomas Løcke
Posted: November 7, 2012 at 10:41

Thanks Eric. Upgraded three machines and all went smooth. Sporting the latest LibreOffice is always nice.

Now I just need something to write about. 🙂

Comment from Matt
Posted: November 8, 2012 at 00:17

When I select multiple files, they get selected properly, the names show up in the file name field, but when I click open, nothing happens. I’ll check out that bug link, but right now that site doesn’t want to load for me.

Comment from Matt
Posted: November 10, 2012 at 06:36

I finally got through to that link. If I go to Tools->Options->LibreOffice->General and check “Use LibreOffice dialogs” under Open/Save dialogs, then I can open multiple files at once. It must be something with their KDE integration.

Comment from Mauro
Posted: November 10, 2012 at 09:34

Libreoffice created me a big directory structure in /root:
ls something wrong?

Comment from Mauro
Posted: November 10, 2012 at 10:26

I discovered the problem. I installed an extension with unopkg as root.

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