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LibreOffice 5.4.3 packages available

libreoffce_logoThe Document Foundation released the third update for LibreOffice 5.4 last week, as you can read on their blog where they write about the new LibreOffice 5.4.3 . My manic-depressive mood-swings are on the manic side at the moment so next to baking sausage rolls (brabantse worstenbroodjes for which I will publish an updated recipe on this blog soon) and a batch of sourdough bread, I finally had the energy to fix the admin interface for the SlackDocs mailing lists, wrestled myself through 14,000+ emails in my administrative mailboxes, wrote a plan to migrate my LAN services from the ageing server to the new server I bought this summer (which involves conversion of several large databases to InnoDB and loads of custom packages), plus I binge-watched almost 2 full seasons of Stranger Things in 3 days’ time. I know I will crash hard in a couple of days but I hope to have a new Plasma ‘ktown’ update before that happens.

Back to the topic: the LibreOffice 5.4 release notes contain full detail about its features: Note that the developers state that “LibreOffice 5.4.3 continues to represent the bleeding edge in term of features, and as such is targeted at technology enthusiasts and early adopters” and I think that describes us Slackware users well enough 🙂
Their advice for more conservative users is to stick to the 5.3 releases but I am no longer compiling packages for that.


In any case, thanks to the 16 cores on my build server it did not take all that much time to generate packages for Slackware 14.2 and -current.
When I tried the new programs on my laptop (which is running Plasma5) I noticed that the default User Interface for LibreOffice causes rendering issues. Also, my Plasma5 destop is configured to move application menus out of the application window into a button in the window’s top bar. That setting is apparently not compatible with the default User Interface and it caused the loss of the LibreOffice menu.
I could fix these issues by editing the profile script “/etc/profile.d/” and un-commenting the line “export SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gtk3” to force LibreOffice to use GTK+3 as the widget set.

The libreoffice packages for Slackware can be downloaded from any mirror like this one:

Have fun! Eric


Comment from Eduardo
Posted: November 12, 2017 at 22:34

Thank you Eric! So far the software works OK.

Comment from Omid
Posted: November 13, 2017 at 00:26

Dear Eric,
Thank you for this,
I want to mention that there is a visual appearance problem with the LibreOffice and KDE since these last versions, I don’t know which version accurately but I’ve recorded my screen when it happens, when you select right-to-left sheet in the spreadsheet application and try to edit a cell then you see cell rendering is ruined.
You can see the video here:
I appreciate if you take a look, its 57 seconds.
Best Regards

Comment from alienbob
Posted: November 13, 2017 at 00:32

Omid I have no idea where the rendering is incorrect. I see a lot of right-to-left strings being entered as well as western text, but I cannot see what is correct and what not.
This is something you should create a bug report for if it has not yet been reported: .

Comment from Omid
Posted: November 13, 2017 at 05:58

Dear Eric,
After some hours spending, I’ve figured out that the problem was configuration of UI renderer of LibreOffice. formerly UI render was on VLC: kde4 but I’ve solved the problem with adding “export SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gtk3” to the profile so the UI Render will be VLC: gtk3.
LibreOffice works slower than before but at least it works fine with right-to-left sheets.
It seems to be a KDE bug.

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Comment from alienbob
Posted: November 13, 2017 at 10:59

Omid your solution to add “export SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gtk3” is exactly what I already mentioned in the main article. Had you not read the full article?

Comment from Ricardo J. Barberis
Posted: November 14, 2017 at 04:37

Off-topic but since you mentioned a new Plasma I’ll ask 🙂

Is there a reason for sticking with Qt 5.7 for Slackware 14.2?
I sort of remember some discussion about it but can’t seem to find it now.

There was a discussion of Qt 5.7 vs. 5.9 on SBo-users mailing lists a few months but that seems not entirely related to your ktown repo. Am I mistaken?

Can you or someone else point me to a blog post or some other source of information?

I’m asking mainly out of curiosity, and I have a couple of packages that require Qt 5.9, most notably the latest versions of Qupzilla (2.2x), which I started using again (currently 2.1.2, the latest which compiles with Qt 5.7) after reading about its name change and integration into the KDE family (

Thanks in advance.

Comment from alienbob
Posted: November 14, 2017 at 10:35

Ricardo I don’t want to spend too much time maintaining a ktown repository for Slackware 14.2. I already dropped the 32bit packages and for the rest I will do the minimal effort of compiling whatever KDE packages are released. Not every package can be compiled on 14.2 anyway (digikam is stuck at an older version for instance) and I chose to keep my qt5 package version at the same level as what SBo offers, so as not to interfere with other software people may have installed.
But I am really targeting ktown at the bleeding edge, i.e. Slackware-current. Releasing it for 14.2 is only a bonus.

Comment from Ricardo J. Barberis
Posted: November 16, 2017 at 03:58

Eric, fair enough, and keeping Qt at the same version as in SBo also makes sense.


Comment from Omid
Posted: November 16, 2017 at 11:20

Dear Eric
I’m deeply sorry for wasting your time, I didn’t read that article fully.

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