The Register: LibreOffice rains on OpenOffice’s 20th anniversary parade, tells rival project to ‘do the right thing’ and die

The Register: LibreOffice rains on OpenOffice’s 20th anniversary parade, tells rival project to ‘do the right thing’ and die . “To mark the 20th anniversary of Apache OpenOffice, the project’s main rival, LibreOffice, published a letter asking OpenOffice to tell its users to switch. Many people, the letter says, are unaware of LibreOffice because the OpenOffice brand is still so strong, despite the lack of significant updates over the past six years. To remedy the situation, LibreOffice is asking its competitor for an endorsement.”

BetaNews: LibreOffice 7 lands with a new look, better compatibility, Vulkan acceleration and more

BetaNews: LibreOffice 7 lands with a new look, better compatibility, Vulkan acceleration and more. “LibreOffice has long offered itself up as a free alternative to Microsoft Office, and today a major new version has been released. LibreOffice 7.0 sees a number of key changes and improvements, not least of which is greatly improved compatibility with Microsoft’s suite.”

BetaNews: LibreOffice 7.0 Beta 1 arrives with ODF 1.3 document support

BetaNews: LibreOffice 7.0 Beta 1 arrives with ODF 1.3 document support . “The Document Foundation has released the first public beta of its upcoming LibreOffice 7.0 office suite for Windows, Mac and Linux. Users are encouraged to download and test the software — which installs alongside any existing production release — ahead its final release, expected to be in August. The new release doesn’t boast any major new features, but does update ODF support to 1.3, plus unveils improvements both major and minor to the suite’s major components — in particular Writer.”

The Register: LibreOffice 6.4 nearly done as open-source office software project prepares for 10th anniversary

The Register: LibreOffice 6.4 nearly done as open-source office software project prepares for 10th anniversary. “What’s new in version 6.4? There are numerous fresh features; most are small, but they do include the ability to insert QR codes into any document. The Generate QR Code feature lets you enter a hyperlink (or any text) and generate a QR code with four options for complexity. A low complexity is better for long URLs while high has better error correction if there are errors in reading.”

The Hacker News: Patches for 2 Severe LibreOffice Flaws Bypassed — Update to Patch Again

The Hacker News: Patches for 2 Severe LibreOffice Flaws Bypassed — Update to Patch Again. “If you are using LibreOffice, you need to update it once again. LibreOffice has released the latest version 6.2.6/6.3.0 of its open-source office software to address three new vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to bypass patches for two previously addressed vulnerabilities.”

Make Tech Easier: How to Open and Edit Remote Files from Google Drive in LibreOffice

Make Tech Easier: How to Open and Edit Remote Files from Google Drive in LibreOffice. “LibreOffice is a powerful tool, and it’s only getting more powerful. While it’s a desktop tool first, you can now use LibreOffice in a browser, making it an alternative to online office suites like Google Docs. Recent versions of LibreOffice have added support for editing files remotely on SAMBA shares, over SSH, and via other methods. One of the more interesting of these is Google Drive support, which we’ll dive into in this article.”

BetaNews: LibreOffice 6 unveils OpenPGP support, ePUB filter and many more new features

BetaNews: LibreOffice 6 unveils OpenPGP support, ePUB filter and many more new features. “The Document Foundation has unveiled LibreOffice 6.0 64-bit and LibreOffice 6.0 32-bit, a major new release of its open-source office suite for Windows, Mac and Linux. LibreOffice 6.0 adds a host of new and improved features, including support for OpenPGP signing and encryption, an ePUB filter and a new icon set. In addition, Writer users gain a powerful new spell-checking tool with professional-grade features.”

BetaNews: LibreOffice 5.4 adds more new features, improves Office file format compatibility

BetaNews: LibreOffice 5.4 adds more new features, improves Office file format compatibility. “The Document Foundation has unveiled LibreOffice 5.4 64-bit and LibreOffice 5.4 32-bit. Again, it’s on time, arriving six months after the release of LibreOffice 5.3. LibreOffice 5.4 is ‘the last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x family’, and like other point releases is a major one, adding features across all components and incrementally improving compatibility with Microsoft Office document formats.”

LibreOffice, Now Available in Cloud Flavor

LibreOffice is finally available for the cloud, but it looks like installing it is not for beginners: “LibreOffice Online is fundamentally a server service. You’ll need to install and configure on your own cloud server with a SSL certificate. Builds of the latest LibreOffice Online source code are available as Docker images. Be warned that this is very much a do-it-yourself cloud project.”

Looks like OpenOffice is in Trouble

Looks like OpenOffice is in trouble. “Not everyone is in a position to pay for their office software and this led to a market for free Microsoft Office competitors. One of the best known and most popular is OpenOffice, but the open source project is in trouble. Volunteer vice president Dennis E. Hamilton has warned that retirement of the project ‘is a serious possibility’. ” I switched to LibreOffice ages ago; it made OpenOffice look really clunky.