LibreOffice 5.1.2, Ubuntu Numbers, OS is Dead

by Ostatic Staff - Apr. 08, 2016

The Document Foundation today announced the release of LibreOffice 5.1.2, the second update in the 5.1 Fresh branch. Nearly 90 bugs were squashed this cycle dealing heavily with rendering and placement issues. In other news, Red Hat touts a new client and Canonical is still trying to convince folks of their hundreds of millions of users. Matt Asay said today that the OS is dead thanks to the cloud and that "developers are becoming babies."

LibreOffice 5.1.2 arrived today announced by Italo Vignoli bringing 89 bug fixes. 5.1.2 rc2 only received one fix dealing with rendering of .bmp and .png images as black squares in .odt files when converted to grayscale. However, rc1 got plenty of attention. Many of the problems seemed to be caused by enabling OpenGL and reworking the interface, but they're being fixed one by one. Some of the other fixes include:

* FILESAVE: ODT file’s OLE objects are lost when you export to DOCX format
* OneDrive Integration Request
* EDITING: Text drag and drop doesn't work correctly
* can't add password to macro library
* Deleting inserted code from object catalogue hangs office
* SUM formulas are not calculate correctly with more than ~100 rows
* FILEOPEN: Calc crashes on opening xlsx document
* Fix Writer crash on print selected area

Two of Matt Asay's posts caught my eye today, the first saying the cloud has killed the OS because today's developers only care about writing their application code - not setting up a machine and operating system. They "won't have to think about Windows vs. Ubuntu vs. Red Hat vs. whatever." He quoted Amazon's Tim Bray saying, "They really do mean that you never have to argue Debian vs Red Hat again, and that feels like real progress." In the second, Asay said developers are getting younger and younger and their experience is less and less. Perhaps the second explains the first.

Alexia Emmanoulopoulou today posted an infographic to show where all their users are. Ubuntu claims millions of users and Dustin Kirkland counted them all last September. Using Kirkland's count the infographic illustrates it for all. It begins, "More people use Ubuntu than anyone knows!" Next, "Hundreds of millions of PCs, servers, devices, virtual machines, and containers have booted Ubuntu to date!" In other Ubuntu news, Manual Jose today reviewed the brand new Ubuntu Software Center 16.04.

In other news:

* Red Hat Scores Japan's C.A. Mobile Website

* Linux's deadliest command doesn't faze Bash on Windows 10

* One in two hundred Debian users using ZFS on Linux