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LibreOffice 5.1

The Document Foundation officially announced the release of LibreOffice 5.1 yesterday. PPA updated for Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and derivatives, e.g., Linux Mint 17.x, and Elementary OS Freya.

LibreOffice 5.1 offers a completely reorganized user interface, and several improved features targeted at enterprise deployments: better support for ODF 1.2, interoperability with proprietary document formats and file management on remote servers.

Read the announcement for more details.

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How to upgrade to LibreOffice 5.1:

LibreOffice 5.1 has been made into Software Center for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For ubuntu 15.10 and Ubuntu 14.04, it’s available in the LibreOffice 5.1.x series PPA.

For Linux Mint users who are still running LibreOffice 4.x, you have to do below changes to be available to upgrade via PPA:

Launch terminal, and run command to create and edit a file:

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/preferences.d/libreoffice.pref

When the file opens, paste below lines and save it.

Package: *
Pin: release o=LP-PPA-libreoffice
Pin-Priority: 700

1. To add LibreOffice 5.1.x PPA.

Launch terminal from App Launcher or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, paste below command and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-5-1

Type in password (no visual feedback when typing) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

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2. To upgrade LibreOffice

Launch Software Updater (or Update Manager for Mint), and install available updates after checking for updates.

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3. (Optional) To revert the changes, install ppa-purge and purge the PPA:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-5-1

For Linux Mint 17.x which is based on Ubuntu 14.04, use -d option to specify Ubuntu codename, so the last command should be:

sudo ppa-purge -d trusty ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-5-1

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Nautilus file browser doesn’t generate thumbnail images for WebP files, LibreOffice Documents, and animated GIFs (maybe) by default.

Thanks to atareao team, some simple extensions has been created with that Ubuntu displays thumbnail images for these file formats in Nautilus.

WebP is a image format that provides lossless and lossy compression for images on the web. It is currently developed by Google, based on technology acquired with the purchase of On2 Technologies. more…

Here are the screenshots in my Ubuntu 15.04 desktop:

Before

Before

GIF, WebP thumbnails

After

To install these extensions, go to the developer’s PPA page:

Thumbnailers for GIF, WebP, LibreOffice Docs

Scroll down and click package links and download the xxxthumbnailer_xxx.deb packages from expanded pages (Work on Ubuntu 14.04 though they’re built against 15.04).

Finally install these three .deb packages by clicking on each of them to open with Ubuntu Software Center and click the install button.

To apply changes, remove the thumbnail caches and restart Nautilus by running below commands one by one:

rm ~/.cache/thumbnails/fail/gnome-thumbnail-factory/*
rm ~/.cache/thumbnails/large/*
rm ~/.cache/thumbnails/normal/*
nautilus -q

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Finally start Nautilus browser and see result.

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LibreOffice 5.0

The Document Foundation finally announced the release of LibreOffice 5.0 and updated its PPA for Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and derivatives (e.g., Linux Mint 13/17, Elementary OS Freya/Luna).

What’s New in LibreOffice 5.0:

Below are the descriptions from its new features page. For more, see the release note.

LibreOffice 5.0 ships an impressive number of new features for its spreadsheet module, Calc: complex formulae image cropping, new functions, more powerful conditional formatting, table addressing and much more. Calc’s blend of performance and features makes it an enterprise-ready, heavy duty spreadsheet application capable of handling all kinds of workload for an impressive range of use cases.

New icons, major improvements to menus and sidebar: no other LibreOffice version has looked that good and helped you be creative and get things done the right way. In addition, style management is now more intuitive thanks to the visualization of styles right in the interface.

LibreOffice 5 ships with numerous improvements to document import and export filters for MS Office, PDF, RTF, and more. You can now timestamp PDF documents generated with LibreOffice and enjoy enhanced document conversion fidelity all around.

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How to upgrade to LibreOffice:

For all current Ubuntu releases and based systems, the best way is to upgrade LibreOffice 5.0 through the official PPA.

1. Open terminal from the Dash, Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut keys. When it opens, run command to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:libreoffice/ppa

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2. After that, open Software Updater/Update Manager and install all updates for LibreOffice after checking for updates, though the new packages named with ~rc5:

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As the PPA description says “This PPA might contain the release candidate that is assumed to become the final release even before it is declared so by the Document Foundation (e.g. usually release candidate 2 for minor updates).”

Or you can run below commands to do the upgrade process after adding the PPA:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install libreoffice

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LibreOffice 4.4.5, the final stable release before LibreOffice 5.0 stable which is scheduled to be released next week, has been announced today.

It is the fifth bugfix release from the 4.4 branch of LibreOffice which contains new features and program enhancements. As such, the version is stable and is suitable for all users. This version may contain a few annoying bugs which will be fixed in the next bugfix versions to come.

How to Upgrade to LibreOffice 4.4.5:

For Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivatives (e.g., Linux Mint 17.x, and Elementary OS Freya), follow below steps to upgrade the office suite from PPA.

1. To add LibreOffice PPA, open terminal either from the Dash/Launcher or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut keys. When it opens, run below command:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:libreoffice/ppa

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2 After added the PPA, open Software Updater and you’ll see the new LibreOffice release available for upgrade after checking for updates.

Just click Install Now button to install/upgrade it.

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You can also use Synaptic Package Manager to upgrade the office suite.

3. Optional For those who want to revert back to the original LibreOffice version in Ubuntu, run below commands to install ppa-purge and purge the PPA which also downgrades all installed packages from that PPA:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa

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A new release of the open-source office suite, LibreOffice 4.4.3, now is available for upgrade in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.10 and derivatives.

LibreOffice 4.4.3 is the third bug-fix release from the 4.4 branch which brings over 88 bug-fixes. As such, the version is stable and is suitable for all users. The Document Foundation does not announced the 4.4.3 release at the moment, but the official PPA has been updated with packages for Ubuntu 12.04 and higher.

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How to Upgrade LibreOffice:

As the PPA description says, it is way better to use packages from the PPA than using the *.deb files that The Document Foundation provides upstream in its website, which are intentionally build against a very old baseline for maximum compatibility.

1. So if you want to upgrade LibreOffice, open terminal from the Dash/Menu (or press Ctrl+Alt+T). When it opens, run commands to add its PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:libreoffice/ppa

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2. After adding the PPA, you can install/upgrade the office suite by:

  • opening Software Updater and installing available updates after checking for updates.
  • or by running below commands one by one directly in terminal:
    sudo apt-get update 
    
    sudo apt-get install libreoffice

3.(Optional) If for some reason, you want to remove the new release and revert your office installation. Run commands to install ppa-purge and purge the Libreoffice PPA which also downgrade all installed packages from that repository.

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa

That’s it.