LibreOffice Getting Automatic Crash Reporting

by Ostatic Staff - Jun. 21, 2016

Markus Mohrhard cross-posted today on the Document Foundation blog of a new feature coming in LibreOffice 5.2. Mohrhard said, "Starting with LibreOffice 5.2 the LibreOffice project will have an automated crash reporting tool with server side analysis." In other news, GNOME's Sébastien Wilmet today blogged this thoughts on Mint's X-Apps, little applications commonly forked from GNOME apps and Sam Varghese reported on the exit of Jacob Appelbaum from Debian. Gizmodo listed five reasons to install Linux, and by Linux they mean Ubuntu, onto your laptop and Matt Hartley discussed why Ubuntu LTS is better than the latest and greatest.

Markus Mohrhard today wrote of a new crash-reporting tool in upcoming LibreOffice 5.2 for Linux and Windows. This tool collects backtraces and minidumps along with some system data ("OS, CPU, loaded modules and time") when a crash occurs. Upon next start, users are asked if they'd like to send the report. The stats page demonstrates the usefulness of the reporting tool. Unfortunately, at present, "this is limited to information about OpenGL with information whether our OpenGL backend was activated, which OpenGL driver, device and vendor where used and hopefully in a bit whether the crash happened in our OpenGL render path."  Mahrhard said they may begin monitoring other types of crashes in the future as they try to strike "a balance between the privacy of the user and the necessary information to identify the causes for crashes."

Sam Varghese today covered the suspension of developer Jacob Appelbaum from the Debian project. Actually, whether he left or was ejected has yet to be determined, but Appelbaum has been asked to leave several other projects in recent months and is now barred from big Aussie Linux conference. Appelbaum has been accused of sexual impropriety by a number of women. Varghese said they're waiting for clarification from project leader Mehdi Dogguy.

Sébastien Wilmet said today that Mint was wasting time and energy forking their X-Apps from GNOME apps. He said they should all work together to create more shared libraries. "The difference would be that instead of forking 200k lines of code, it would be forking maybe 20k lines, which is more manageable to maintain in the long term." Not only does that cut down on duplication, but Wilmet believes it also yields more better documentation and makes testing easier.

In other news:

* 5 Reasons To Install Linux On Your Laptop

* Why You Should Use Ubuntu LTS

* Ubuntu phone is not yet ready for prime time

* Fedora 24: Comparing Gnome, KDE Plasma, Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, LXDE

* KDE Neon: The Rock & Roll Distribution