LibreOffice 4.2.8 and Other Must-have Apps

by Ostatic Staff - Dec. 12, 2014

The Document Foundation today announced the release of LibreOffice 4.2.8, the final update to the 4.2 branch. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols brags on his favorite Linux applications and Chema Martin says "Fedora 21 absolutely rocks." And finally today, Chris Hoffman said "2014 shattered the myth of Linux impenetrability."

No doubt it's been a rough year for those patching for security flaws and Chris Hoffman said it "proved that Linux lovers still need to pay at least some attention to their system's protection." After reviewing this week's Linux Turla, Hoffman then discusses some of's issues. After throwing in Shellshock for good measure, he reminds us to patch our systems and concludes, "Be humble when talking about Linux's security or you may find yourself with egg on your face."

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols said today, "With the right applications, a Linux desktop is every bit as good as either of the two mainstream desktop operating systems." He also threw in, "In addition, I don't need to worry about anti-virus software since, despite all the FUD, there still hasn't been a successful desktop Linux virus." His favorite apps include Chrome web browser, GIMP, and LibreOffice.

Speaking of LibreOffice, version 4.2.8 was released today to address a few bugs. The announcement said this was definitely the last release for this long stable branch. Most of the fixes were for Calc and include a sorting bug, cell dragging bug, and highlight/painting bug. Others are the fix for importing/exporting filter bug and a Writer crash. If your or yours are still using the 4.2 branch of LibreOffice, upgrading is encouraged.


* Fedora 21... just WOW!!

* Release of KDE Frameworks 5.5.0