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New packages – should I build them for Slackware 13.37 or for 13.1?


A number of big packages are coming up fairly soon. There will be a new LibreOffice (3.4, a major release), and VLC as well will probably have another release shortly. Also, I should be working on KDE 4.6.3.

I am looking at ways to make this manageable for me. Compiling LibreOffice packages takes forever, even for a single Slackware release. Building LibreOffice packages for both Slackware 13.1 and 13.37 will simply take too much of my time.

So, I am interested to find who is running my LibreOffice 3.3.2 package on Slackware 13.37. Do you have issues? Is it working well? I can tell you that I have no issues with that package, and I am using it on my Slackware 13.37 laptop. I will make a decision based on the feedback I will get from you.

For any other package, I will probably switch to creating them for Slackware 13.37 exclusively. You will have no problem compiling your own version of a package for an older Slackware, using my sources. It’s just that you do not want to compile something like LibreOffice yourself!

Please leave your comments below the article.

Thanks, Eric


  1. Rodrigo

    I have a deep need for LibreOffice in 13.37. Every since you’ve made the LibreOffice packages, I’ve been using them for production. They run flawlesslsy and smooth, it’s a great tool.

  2. LoneStar

    I’m using your 13.1 packages on current, thus 13.37 now. I don’t notice any specific issue. Anyway I would be happy for the upcoming releases to be built on 13.37 directly. My two cents!

  3. Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

    I’m using LibreOffice 3.3.2 and it’s working just fine on -Current as well as in 13.37

  4. Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

    i wonder, how long does it take to build a single LibreOffice package?

  5. Robson F. Ramaldes

    I’m Running LibreOffice 3.3.2 with -Current too and no problems at all
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  6. arslan

    I’ll install 13.37 tonight … and I was using you LibreOffice package in 13.1 πŸ™‚

  7. arslan

    I\’ll install 13.37 tonight … and I was using you LibreOffice package in 13.1 πŸ™‚

  8. Nille

    As always i expect the latest packages on the latest release of slackware.
    If i want them on older releases i’m up for compiling them myself.
    And i guess someone else will make packages for older slackware and post them online.
    So i think you would only need to make packages for 13.37

  9. phrag

    the only packages I’m not too bothered about are libreoffice.. I’ve a working version, and mostly use Google docs tbh. So afaic, I don’t mind if you skip building arduous libreoffice builds and free up some of your already hectic schedule. Thanks again for all the packages, many of us appreciate πŸ™‚

  10. Cwizardone

    Lowriter version 3.3.2 works well on 13.37. Loimpress needs improvement, but that is an upstream project.
    All your work on Slackware and your packages are greatly appreciated!

  11. samac

    Your 3.3.2 package for 13.1 works great on 13.37. I would suggest compiling for 13.37 as people will still be able to get a 13.1 package from (even though they are not compiled).

  12. poplin

    Dear Eric, thanks for saving us hours of frustration with several packages!. I’m a sporadic office suites user. Without trying hard, I failed to compile 3.3.2 in 13.37 using your scripts. My wish is to always have packages for the latest stable version.

    Thanks again!

  13. escaflown

    Hi Eric. I’ve been running your libreoffice slackbuild in 4 slackware 13.37 boxes without any issue.

  14. OzanBurada

    Building LibreOffice and VLC just takes too long. Others I can manage.

  15. toudi

    you should definitely build them for 13.37
    and thanks for all the great work! you’re the man!

  16. Mankeke

    Hi Eric, i have been using your Libreoffice and vlc packages in 13.1 and 13.37 without any problems. Thanks for the great work

  17. Thomas LΓΈcke

    I’d say you should focus your efforts on the latest and greatest Slackware: 13.37.

  18. Alex

    Hi Eric. Libreoffice is running happily on my freshly installed slackware 13.37 laptop. I’d never build it by myself since there’s always a nice up-to-date copy I can grab from your repository. Cheers. πŸ™‚

  19. fabio

    i agree with the mob, 13.37 is the slackware version an user wants to run on his desktop. So being loffice a package targeted for desktop users, 13.37 is probably the best choice

  20. Martin

    Hi, I’ve upgraded 4 machines to 13.37 and installed a fifth. Naturally my preference is for 13.37 packages. πŸ˜‰
    Btw, the LibreOffice 3.3.2 installation (from your packages) survived the upgrade without a glitch (I am only a light user of Writer and Calc). The upgrade also solved any issues I had with the combination of libxml2, zlib, jre and LibreOffice.

  21. zreaker

    Without a doubt imho these should be built for the now stable 13.37. I have been using your LibreOffice build without issue. It performs flawlessly to date.

  22. ponce

    +1 for l33t πŸ˜€

  23. AbdurRahman Rozell

    I would say 13.37

  24. SlackwareLover

    Hi. We’ve been using your LibreOffice packages from the day they were published on a dozen desktops under slackware-current and no problem was reported.

  25. Schmatzler

    13.37 as its the new stable version now πŸ™‚ Or otherwise people will constantly complain about why you are supporting an outdated version and not the newest one ;D

  26. Matt

    I’m using the 13.1 package under 13.37 and it seems to be working fine. Wouldn’t hurt to move to 13.37 exclusively, but I haven’t noticed any issues thus far.

    Are they going to settle on a directory for the config files, templates, etc.? .ooo3? .libreoffice? .heywearenotopenofficeorganymore?

  27. Cesarion76

    Just moved on from 13.1 to 13.37. Then I run “slackpkg clean-system”. After removing all non stock pkgΒ΄s (including LibreOffice), just reinstalled it and works fine, so far … so good. IΒ΄m using calc and writer most of the time.

  28. Mike Langdon (mlangdn)

    I’ve been running -current ever since x86_64 was introduced by you. I’ve never had a problem with your packages that I didn’t cause myself. That said, I really need to update my multimedia stuff – like ffmpeg, faad, faac………
    I’ve been using your packages for a long time.
    I really appreciate the work you do for all of us.

  29. Victor Bettachini

    On a 13.37 laptop recently moved from 13.1 I have no problems using your LibreOffice 3.3.2 with spanish dictionries and formulas on text documents.

  30. Nick Blizzard

    13.37 all the way. No reason to look back now πŸ™‚

  31. Eugene

    How much space/cpu do you need? My ‘server’ isn’t much but I’d let you compile there to free up some on yours.

  32. G

    I run your libreoffice against -current build without any issues.

  33. Schenkel

    Hi Eric, i think you can go with 13.37. The any issue i found in LibreOffice was the spellchecker, it don’t work for me, on any language. I have tried install other dictionary, but seen it don’t work at all.

  34. David

    Hi Eric!
    I use your LibreOffce 3.3.2 packages on -current and I never had problems… so think 13.37 is the right choice.
    Thanks for your great work

  35. Andry

    Greetings from Madagascar,

    I’m using 13.37 RC3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716 and LibreOffice 3.3.2 is running fine there. So I guess building it for 13.37 is a safe choice.

    Thanks for your effort

  36. conraid

    I’m using “your” libreoffice and vlc package in slackware 13.37 and i’m not problem

  37. conraid

    I’m using libreoffice and vlc packagea in slackware 13.37 and i’m not problem

  38. mike

    Onwards and Upwards 13.37 for me

  39. Punk-Q

    Hi Eric,
    I think you should build Libreoffice 3.4 for 13.37, because just like you said, its a major release. I have no problem using 3.3.2 in my slack 13 except when I tried to make presentation and then open it in M$ Office. As for vlc, I have to admit, i’m not vlc’s biggest fan, mplayer works jut fine for me.

  40. giovanni

    Hi Eric, I would like to be able to have your LibreOffice 3.4 also for 13.1. If you can, maybe you can compile only this last program also for 13.1.

  41. milano94

    Just like giovanni said.. could you please build LibreOffice 3.4 for slackware 13.1 this time only.. because I can’t build it by my self using my old hardware πŸ™
    anyway thank you eric for all your great work

  42. gegechris99

    I’m using LibreOffice 3.3.2 on 13.37. No issue so far (but limited usage from me). By the way, thanks for the great work.

  43. John Yost

    I vote for 13.37. using your packages now. I was not able to compile it though

  44. BroX

    Big vote for 13.37! Have using your packages LibreOffice and KDE) without any problems running -current.

  45. Andrey

    I am running your LibreOffice 3.3.2 package on Slackware 13.37. It working very well. Thanks!

  46. michelino

    Daily use use of libreoffice-3.3.2-x86_64-1alien with 13.37 (erlier -current) no problems here

  47. michelino

    I was forgetting: many many thanks for you work!!!!

  48. KupoB

    No problem with libreoffice-3.3.2-i486-1alien on both -current and 13:37 (using mainly Calc and Writer).
    Ah, and big 10x for your great contribution!!!

  49. init_

    All works, but i found little bug – there is no icon for LibreOffice in Office menu, and there is no icon for LibreOffice Writer/Web in internet menu, other objects with icon. Im using XFCE 4.6

  50. Corey

    I’m using your libreoffice package on 13.37…no issues

  51. sigterm

    I vote for 13.37. And many thanks for your work.

  52. Greg

    I had once called a heroic act building open/libreoffice from source and someone on the irc pointed me to your vlc.SlackBuild. Now you get my point πŸ™‚
    I think its a good decision to continue building LO for 13.1 and 13.37 and everything else just for the latest release.
    LO works great here on 13.37/current x86_64. Hopefully soon enough it will be in Slackware. Thanks again for all the work, throughout the years..

  53. atyoung

    13.37 is the way to go, if someone wants it for something other than current stable, they should build it. Thanks for all your effort and hard work.

  54. ricciare

    Hi, I’m using your LibreOffice and VLC packages on 13.37 and both works great.

  55. Aravind

    13.37 πŸ™‚

  56. Sam Albuquerque

    LO 3.3.2 on Slackware-current.

    current is so stable that I’m stuck with it.

  57. Nicholas Sushkin

    LibreOffice 3.3.2 on Slackware 13.37! Please build for 13.37 πŸ™‚

  58. escaflown

    I can smell KDE 4.5.3, Eric. πŸ™‚

  59. JokerBoy

    not 4.6.3?

  60. escaflown

    Sorry JokerBoy: I meant 4.6.3 πŸ™‚

  61. Lotar

    I’m using your libreoffice and vlc (and other packages) in -current (before the 13.37) and i don’t have problem

  62. eddy

    Slackware64-current (now 13.37) and libreoffice 3.3.2: no problems here.

  63. f4b1ck

    I’m in current, then package for 13.37 are welcome! πŸ™‚

  64. rob

    Hi, running 13.37 now, and no problems with the VLC or libreoffice packages you’ve made thus far (for 13.1).


  65. adioe3

    Running -current and 13.37 so +1 1337 πŸ™‚

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