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Features, Office The Document Foundation (TDF) has announced the release of version 3.4.2 of the open source LibreOffice office suite. According to TDF Steering Committee member Italo Vignoli, the third release in the 3.4.x branch of LibreOffice is now ready for both individuals and enterprises, and can be used for production.
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Peter Besenbruch
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* The RPMs have the X.Y version number in the package field which is an admin nightmare - rpm -Uvh the 3.4 packages and the older packages (e.g. 3.3.X) remain on your system and you get two sets of everything! Who, other than developers, would want to install two minor versions side by side?

They did this because when 3.4 was released, it had more significant internal changes than 3.3, and was considered less stable. You kept two versions on your system to do real work with the older one, and to test the newer one. 3.4.2 is the first of the 3.4 series that the Document Foundation is calling stable. I didn't find it hard to remove the older version.

* You unpack the core .tar.gz, to be confronted with literally dozens of RPMs, when they only need about 6 (common code and an RPM per application).

I'm going to assume that the RPM version is packaged similarly to the DEB version I downloaded. I think that's the case, because I go back to the days when only the RPM version was available, and I had to convert the RPMs to DEBs before installing. As an English speaker I issue two commands as root, or prefaced by sudo:

dpkg --force-all -i *.deb

After doing that once in the DEBS directory, I change to the desktop-integration directory, and press the up arrow and Enter to repeat the command. An install script that essentially does this would be nice, but its not necessary.

* The en-US RPMs are dubiously included in the core .tar.gz, when they should be a separate langpack.

It sucks to be a native English speaker. ;)

* After all this, I have to install 52 (!) RPMs (possibly removing the old version manually as I said before) - not good at all.

The command line is awesomely efficient. Here's a question for you. I also use Synaptic from time to time. Does your graphical package manager offer search capabilities? You could do a search for libobasis3.3 and delete them all. If your package manager tracks dependencies, and I think it does, then it will take care of the rest of the LibreOffice 3.3 install as well.

A pretty dire situation overall then, but I still persevere because it's clearly now the best Office suite on Linux.

Two things: LibreOffice is the best thing out there, and I suspect with their new lease on life, they might actually respond to some of your suggestions. Second, you persevere, but it need not be that big a challenge.

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