Fresh LibreOffice Updates, Fedora 23 Released

by Ostatic Staff - Nov. 04, 2015

The Document Foundation's Italo Vignoli today announced two LibreOffice updates. These two minor number bug fix updates cover the Fresh and Still branches of LibreOffice and user are advised to upgrade. Fedora 23 was officially released to the general public today and folks have been talking about that. Phoronix reported today that Debian had moved to rootless X server instances and Mozilla announced a new privacy feature for Firefox.

The Document Foundation today announced LibreOffices 5.0.3 and 4.4.6 as bug and security fix releases. The nearly 90 fixes in 5.0.3 include several rendering bugs such as the tooltip covering the zoom slider and and some text overlapping when using right-to-left. Several crashes were addressed as were a few import bugs. Some of the more interesting fixes include:

* Switching between Style and Formatting tabs changes document status to modified
* saving big file crashes writer
* Writer infinite idle spelling loop
* loss of page breaks after saving DOCX
* Calc crashes after print preview
* Using cell names in functions doesn't work if name begins with 3 letters and an underscore

Version 4.4.6 received almost 110 fixes, which is a lot for the seventh update for this branch. One particular bug made me chuckle a bit: "When OpenGL is enabled, drop-down arrows, check marks, scrollbars etc. are upside down." There are even screenshots. Another states, "UI: "Freakout"-behaviour and freeze during resize of docked sidebar." There was video of that and while his phrasing was unfortunate, it was accurate. Otherwise, it was a fairly boring changelog read. Download this version if you prefer long-time stable over the latest features.

Fedora 23 is now officially available to the general public. The Workstation version brings the latest GNOME 3.18, Plasma 5 and new Cinnamon spins, LibreOffice 5, and new firmware updating through GNOME Software. Fedup now uses DNF, Wayland support was improved, and all of the software upgrades one expects are there. See the announcement for download links to all the versions.

In browser news, Mozilla VP Nick Nguyen today posted that Firefox now offers a more private Private Browsing experience. Dubbed Tracking Protection, it is said to give the user "control over the data that third parties receive from you online." Private Browsing didn't log your activities and Tracking Protection "actively blocks content like ads, analytics trackers and social share buttons that may record your behavior without your knowledge across sites." Now that's the one we really need. The Electronic Frontier Foundation said today that the new Firefox technology uses "Disconnect's blacklist to block requests to known trackers." They said this is a good first step, but Mozilla still needs to do more to protect its users - like make that the default behavior instead of a feature that needs to be accessed in a special mode. In other browser news, Opera Jon's sparkling Vivaldi proves the browser isn't dead.


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