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Testing LibreOffice 4.0.0_rc3

Yesterday when I announced my packages for LibreOffice 3.6.5, I told you that I had a Release Candidate for 4.0.0 already running on my Slackware desktop.

I decided to upload some packages for the new “Release Candidate 3” which was tagged and published earlier this week. I built those packages on Slackware64-current (should work on 14.0 too) and just the 64-bit versions. If you run 32-bit Slackware you’re out of luck this time.

What I would like you all to do (if you run the proper Slackware) is to give this one a test run. So far, nothing has popped up that made me unhappy.

What I still need to do in my SlackBuild (but I will get to that when I build the packages for the final stable release) is to incorporate the all-new “dictionaries” tarball into the packages. That tarball contains sources for dictionaries for all supported languages, and compiling those does not take a very long time. I guess it’s just a matter of adding the generated dictionaries to all the language packs I build for LibreOffice instead of having dictionaries for just a few of the languages like I have been doing so far.

Please note that LibreOffice 4 stores its configuration in a new numbered directory, “~/.config/libreoffice/4/” and I have not found a way to automatically migrate the settings from the old “3” directory. If you find a way, let me know in a reply to this blog.

Give it a twist and report what you find:



Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: February 3, 2013 at 00:43

@Eric: Will the final build also released for 32 bit?

Comment from alienbob
Posted: February 3, 2013 at 00:58

Certainly! This is just a test package for those who are curious. I am satisfied with the quality of my updated SlackBuild script, that is why I made this available.
When I release final 4.0.0 packages they will be for Slackware 14.0, both 32-bit and 64-bit.

Cheers, Eric

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: February 3, 2013 at 01:36

Waiting for those final builds, while i’m mirroring your ‘other’ packages right now 🙂

Comment from MartinOwaR
Posted: February 3, 2013 at 16:44

Hello Eric.

I use only LibreOffice Calc so I tested it with a file that I fill regularly. No unexpected behaviour, it works as the previous versions (3.x.x). I’ll continue testing during the next days.

Comment from Eddy
Posted: February 3, 2013 at 18:23

Installed the packages today. Everything seems to work OK. No problems with documents in calc and writer.

Comment from DEF
Posted: February 4, 2013 at 00:21

As 4.1 git sources are reported to compile and run well on ARM, i’m looking forward to this intermediate version’s SlackBuild ;^).

Comment from willian
Posted: February 4, 2013 at 12:36

The Slackbuilds work with apache openoffice?

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: February 4, 2013 at 15:19

@willian: LibreOffice is constantly moving apart from Apache OpenOffice, so it’s not suitable for building Apache OpenOffice from this SlackBuild
Most of the features in Apache OpenOffice has been integrated in LibreOffice as well, so you will get more benefit by using LibreOffice

Comment from willian
Posted: February 5, 2013 at 15:22

I had problems with crashes and data loss in LibreOffice, so I’m testing the Openoffice and so far had no problems.

Comment from Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Posted: February 5, 2013 at 20:25

Can you elaborate this issue?
I never had issues with libreoffice so far even though i used it daily

Comment from Slackmaster
Posted: February 7, 2013 at 16:43

The final version of LibreOffice 4.0.0 just came out


Comment from alienbob
Posted: February 7, 2013 at 17:04

Slackmaster, it is the sources (the RC3) which has been promoted to “4.0.0 final”. So, those who have installed my 64-bit RC3 package are in fact already using LibreOffice 4.0.0.
What I will change in the build is compiling and adding dictionaries for all languages to the language packs.


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