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18 April, 2019

[tw] 黃柏諺: LibreOffice 6.2.3 釋出

23:40 UTC

文件基金會於4月18日釋出了 LibreOffice 6.2.3,這是 LibreOffice 6.2 的第三個錯誤修正版本,早期採用者、科技愛好者與喜歡自訂的使用者建議使用此版本。

新聞來源:The Document Foundation releases LibreOffice 6.2.3


The LibreOffice guidelines say that you should show icons on the most important items https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Design/MenuBar


Now the menubar show only the most important items so the user didn’t flash with icons, the user get an better overview of the menubars.

happy hacking.


The Document Foundation anuncia LibreOffice 6.2.3, la tercera corrección de errores y regresiones de la familia LibreOffice 6.2, dirigida a personas expertas en tecnología: adoptantes pioneros, entusiastas de la tecnología y usuarios avanzados.

Los usuarios finales de LibreOffice reciben ayuda …


Berlin, April 18, 2019 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.2.3, the third bug and regression fixing release of the LibreOffice 6.2 family, targeted at tech-savvy individuals: early adopters, technology enthusiasts and power users.

LibreOffice’s end users are helped by a global community of volunteers: https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/community-support/. On the website and the wiki there are guides, manuals, tutorials and HowTos. Donations help us to make all of these resources available.

LibreOffice users are invited to join the community at https://www.libreoffice.org/community/get-involved/, to improve LibreOffice by contributing back in one of the following areas: development, documentation, infrastructure, localization, quality assurance, design or marketing.

LibreOffice 6.2.3 provides over 90 bug and regression fixes over the previous version, contributed by a thriving community of developers, which are described in the change log pages: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/6.2.3/RC1 (changed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/6.2.3/RC2 (changed in RC2).

Enterprise Deployments

LibreOffice 6.2.3 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is not optimized for enterprise class deployments, where features are less important than robustness. Users wanting a more mature version can download LibreOffice 6.1.5, which includes some months of back-ported fixes.

Value-added services for enterprise class deployments – related to software support, migrations and training – should be sourced from certified professionals (https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/). In addition, the LTS (Long Term Supported) version provided by two TDF Advisory Board members offers specific characteristics and features targeted to enterprise deployments (https://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/).

Sourcing enterprise class software and/or services from the ecosystem of certified professionals are the best support options for organizations deploying LibreOffice on a large number of desktops. In fact, these activities are contributed back to the project under the form of improvements to the software and the community, and trigger a virtuous circle which is beneficial to all parties, including users.

Availability of LibreOffice 6.2.3

LibreOffice 6.2.3 is immediately available from the following link: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Minimum requirements for proprietary operating systems are Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 and Apple macOS 10.9. Builds of the latest LibreOffice Online source code are available as Docker images: https://hub.docker.com/r/libreoffice/online/.

LibreOffice Online is fundamentally a server service, and should be installed and configured by adding cloud storage and an SSL certificate. It might be considered an enabling technology for the cloud services offered by ISPs or the private cloud of enterprises and large organizations.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at https://www.libreoffice.org/donate.

LibreOffice 6.2.3 is built with document conversion libraries from the Document Liberation Project: https://www.documentliberation.org.


Xubuntu 19.04: The Exhaustive Update #Xubuntu #Xfce #DiscoDingo https://bluesabre.org/2019/04/18/xubuntu-19-04-the-exhaustive-update/

15 April, 2019


I already wrote about the btLr text direction in the context of Writer table cells as a result of a Collabora hack week. This is meant to be an update to present what happened in the past 2 months. Here is a video showing the results:

Figure 1. Before / after screen recording for the below mentioned changes

I fixed the following problems since the last blog post on this topic:

All this is available in LibreOffice master (towards 6.3), so you can try it out right now, if interested.

12 April, 2019

[en] Michael Meeks: 2019-04-12 Friday

19:41 UTC

  • To the Office in the morning for an interview; good to catch up with some of the team there. Back, lunch during TDF BoD call. Mail bits. Poked at some profiling bits.

11 April, 2019

[en] Michael Meeks: 2019-04-11 Thursday

21:00 UTC

  • Mail, built TTT using ffmpeg command-line tools like:
    ffmpeg -i "2019-04-10 18-38-22.flv" -ss 0.00 -t 337.79 -c copy a.flv resulting in a much smaller output; hey ho.
  • Appalled by the usability of Apple Enterprise App development: requiring a different Apple id and thus making switching accounts (via needing two factor authentication) a matter of major upheaval on one of your devices each time the account switches; shame.
  • Disappointed to see the growing intolerance of people who hold different opinions: fundamentally sounds like the very definition of bigotry. There is a twisted irony in some modern mis-usage of the word bigot to mean: "person whose views I don't like, and thus whom I can't tolerate". An interesting trend; some suggest that postmodern liberals cannot comprehend the idea that one could simultaneously reject a belief and accept the person who holds it. Perhaps that is a consequence of the polarized ideological echo-chambers people we are all drawn to, and can easily inhabit these days. Does diversity of viewpoint necessarily imply acrimonious conflict: hopefully not - no matter how politically 'useful' such conflicts are presumed to be to whomever stoke them.
  • Sync with Muhammet, out for dinner with J. in the evening - lovely.

10 April, 2019

[en] Michael Meeks: 2019-04-10 Wednesday

21:00 UTC

  • Mail chew, S&M call, couple of reference calls. Band Practice. Recorded an internal tea-time-training in pieces and tries to edit it together. OpenShot is determined to either blow up a 100Mb screencast to a 1Gb one or to debauch the quality; shame.


Se acerca otro taller. Mejora tus habilidades en C++ con la ayuda de desarrolladores de LibreOffice: llevamos a cabo talleres periódicos que se enfocan en temas específicos, y están acompañados por una reunión IRC en tiempo real. Para el próximo, …

是的,又到了這個時間了!您可以在 LibreOffice 開發者的協助下改進您的 C++ 技巧,我們會定期舉辦專注於特定主題的工作坊,並有即時的 IRC 會議。接下來的這一個的主題是鏈結串列。請先看這份簡報:


然後在 UTC 時間4月11日晚上6點(亦即台灣時間4月12日凌晨2點)透過我們在 Freenode 上的 #libreoffice-dev 頻道進行討論。您可以詢問經驗老道的 LibreOffice 開發者問題,然後學習更多關於 C++ 的知識。回頭見!

新聞來源:Next C++ workshop: Linked Lists, 11 April at 18:00 UTC


Another workshop is coming up! Improve your C++ skills with the help of LibreOffice developers: we’re running regular workshops which focus on a specific topic, and are accompanied by a real-time IRC meeting. For the next one, the topic is Linked Lists. Start by watching this presentation:

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And check out the suggested EasyHacks.

Then join us for a discussion via our #libreoffice-dev IRC channel on Freenode. You can ask experienced LibreOffice developers questions, and learn more about the language. See you then!

09 April, 2019

[en] Michael Meeks: 2019-04-09 Tuesday

21:00 UTC

  • Built ESC proto-agenda, tech mgmt call, admin, mail.

08 April, 2019

[en] = Andreas Kainz: menubar updates

22:19 UTC


Every powerfull text editor like, kate, sublime, notepad++, VS Code, … has it the menubar. Now even better in LibreOffice.


Items with subgroups were arranged at the end of groups , so it’s faster to read the menubar and the groups are between 3-4 items. Tiny changes with big effort.

If you like my work, become a downloads_wordmark_white_on_coral2x.jpg

[en] = Andreas Kainz: icons everywhere

22:10 UTC


All items in the menubar have now an icon. Some items are missing tdf#124200 but in general all commands will show an icon in the menubar.

Icons Everywhere

For 6.3 all supported icon themes will have the new icons. Now you can check them out in Sifr (which is complete new for 6.3 release).

If you like my work, become a downloads_wordmark_white_on_coral2x.jpg

[en] Michael Meeks: 2019-04-08 Monday

21:00 UTC

  • Mail, admin, partner call, customer calls, interview.


India has 23 official languages according to the country’s constitution, but over 750 other languages are spoken there as well. Today we talk to Biraj Karmakar, who helps to translate LibreOffice into Bengali, and is a passionate supporter of other free and open source software projects:

Where do you live, and can we follow you on social media or IRC?

I’m based in Kolkata, India, and I’m active on Twitter: @birajkarmakar. I always try to help people through social media. Other than that I am available on IRC (biraj) and Telegram (@birajkarmakar).

What do you do when you’re not working on LibreOffice?

Basically I am a professional linguist – I work from my own office. Also, I am a digital marketing consultant, helping small business to grow in online markets. Other than that I run many social entrepreneur activities like Digital Literacy for Kids and Women, and I am a pure hardcore open source supporter. I have been contributing to open source projects like Mozilla, DuckDuckGo, GNOME, SaifishOS, VLC etc from 7 years. There I generally do localisation (l10n) and community events, along with quality assurance (QA) activities.

What do you do in the LibreOffice project? What are you working on?

Basically I am the bn-IN (Bengali) locale leader in the LibreOffice project, trying to complete the pending translation. Also I have done some translation for two marketing videos. I am planning to organize one translation workshop for bn-IN language very soon. Then there’s one QA event in my list.

How did you get involved? Was it a good experience?

Actually, I knew about LibrepOffice when I started using Linux. It looked good to me because we got it free for our office-related work. As I am an open source fan, I thought: why not get involved in this project? Then a few community members introduced me to the LibreOffice community!

What does LibreOffice need most right now?

I think the LibreOffice community is growing – But we don’t have much exposure in India. It would be great if we could arrange meet-ups in India where we recruit new community members, especially in colleges and university campuses, who can help us to promote the software in India.

Thanks to Biraj for his time and contributions! Learn more about localising LibreOffice here – and, of course, there are many other ways to get involved as well!

07 April, 2019

[en] Michael Meeks: 2019-04-07 Sunday

21:00 UTC

  • All Saints in the morning, shared lunch. Home in the afternoon. Read stories to babes, snoozed, variously.

06 April, 2019

[en] Michael Meeks: 2019-04-06 Saturday

21:00 UTC

  • Breakfast with the family; played with a smiley baby E. happily. Drove on to the Thanksgiving service for Gerv. Rather an encouraging service, tea & cake afterwards - met a number of interesting types. Drove home, quick tea, relaxed.

05 April, 2019

[en] Michael Meeks: 2019-04-05 Friday

21:00 UTC

  • Took H. N. & E. to Haverhill for their music exams. Good to catch up with David & Nicky - out for a celebratory late breakfast and playground fun afterwards.
  • Triaged mail quickly; poked at profiling. Lunch. Drove to see Rob & Amelia & E. Lovely to spend time together until late.

04 April, 2019


4 aprile 2019 - Associazione LibreItalia annuncia la sesta Conferenza Italiana LibreItalia, che si terrà sabato 11 maggio 2019 presso la Sala cinematografica «De Seta», presso i Cantieri culturali alla Zisa, Via Paolo Gili, 4 a Palermo (PA), con inizio alle ore 9:00 e conclusione alle 17:30, per consentire un'ampia partecipazione della comunità italiana LibreOffice.

[en] Michael Meeks: 2019-04-04 Thursday

21:00 UTC

  • Sales & Marketing call, mail chew; annoyed by another missed interview; hey ho. Brief interview, ESC call. Kindly helped by av to get my GNOME ssh key / account sorted out: their infrastructure is really pretty. Out for a drink with Russel in the evening.


General Activities

  1. Libreoffice 6.2.1 and LibreOffice 6.2.2 were released
  2. Heiko and Roman Kuznetsov killed the more controls toolbar
  3. Roman Kuznetsov continues to sort the bugs by META (total about 2000 bugs for last 4 month)
  4. Dennis Francis (Collabora) added new Fourier analysis tool to Data→Statistics
  5. Andras Timar (Collabora) puts in order the info about licenses
  6. Andreas Kainz made huge Sifr icon theme update
  7. Jan-Marek Glogowski fixed some Qt5 bugs
  8. Several students tried to fix some Easy Hacks before GsoC in LibreOffice starts
  9. Katarina Behrens (CIB) has fixed many KDE5/Qt bugs
  10. The total number of open KDE-related reports dropped to under 50
  11. Luboš Luňák (Collabora) and Miklos Vajna (Collabora) have fixed some OpenGL bugs
  12. Laurent Alonso made many changes in libetonyek library (parser for the file format of Apple iWork documents)
  13. Roadmap for personal growth in QA was created
  14. Jens Carl made nearly 70 commits related to the Java tests to C++ conversion effort
  15. Noel Grandin (Collabora) discovered that some performance issues involving large tables had been fixed and then proceeded to optimise the code further. He also fixed some other performance issues during the month
  16. Miklos Vajna (Collabora) continues improving smartart support
  17. Saurav Chirania wrote a nice post about things to know if you are a new LibreOffice contributor
  18. Eike Rathke (Ret Hat) and Dennis Francis (Collabora) fixed a bunch a formula recalculation problems

Reported Bugs

680 bugs, 69 of which are enhancements, have been reported by 417 people.

Top 10 Reporters

  1. Nicolas Christener ( 38 )
  2. NISZ LibreOffice Team ( 22 )
  3. Mike Kaganski ( 16 )
  4. Telesto ( 16 )
  5. Roman Kuznetsov ( 9 )
  6. Samuel Mehrbrodt (CIB) ( 9 )
  7. Aron Budea ( 8 )
  8. Olivier Hallot ( 8 )
  9. Tor Lillqvist ( 7 )
  10. laurent.terrosi ( 7 )

Triaged Bugs

687 bugs have been triaged by 93 people.

Top 10 Triagers

  1. Xisco Faulí ( 165 )
  2. Oliver Brinzing ( 46 )
  3. Alex Thurgood ( 44 )
  4. Dieter Praas ( 40 )
  5. Aron Budea ( 35 )
  6. raal ( 29 )
  7. Andras Timar ( 29 )
  8. V Stuart Foote ( 26 )
  9. Julien Nabet ( 22 )
  10. Roman Kuznetsov ( 21 )

Fixed Bugs

201 bugs have been fixed by 51 people.

Top 10 Fixers

  1. Caolán McNamara ( 24 )
  2. Miklos Vajna ( 9 )
  3. Tor Lillqvist ( 9 )
  4. Michael Stahl ( 8 )
  5. László Németh ( 6 )
  6. Luboš Luňák ( 6 )
  7. Katarina Behrens ( 6 )
  8. Julien Nabet ( 6 )
  9. Noel Grandin ( 5 )
  10. Mike Kaganski ( 5 )

List of critical bugs fixed

  1. tdf#121439 PRINTING Crash when calling a print configuration dialog if selected cell range while several print areas are defined across multiple sheets ( Thanks to Luboš Luňák )
  2. tdf#121949 Crash in: libsclo.so Copy block of cells to clipboard with focus on non-selected cell ( Thanks to Luboš Luňák )
  3. tdf#123446 Writer crashes after undoing + redoing ToC insertion in middle of word ( Thanks to Michael Stahl )
  4. tdf#123479 Crash in: ScFormulaResult::GetMatrixFormulaCellToken() ( Thanks to Luboš Luňák )
  5. tdf#124112 Insert drawing object in chart crashes LibreOffice ( Thanks to Noel Grandin )

List of crashes fixed

  1. tdf#122543 Crash after device was put into “stand by” mode ( Thanks to Tor Lillqvist )
  2. tdf#122544 Crash when tunneled dialog is open and document is closed ( Thanks to Tor

03 April, 2019

[en] Michael Meeks: 2019-04-03 Wednesday

21:00 UTC

  • Mail, interview; bit of hackery - customer call, team call. Worked away at using the Chrome profiler for analysing and rendering Online logs - nicely, though lots left to do:
    Chrome Tracing output


For the next release LibreOffice Sifr icon theme get an update. Therefore 2.500 icons were drawn in inkscape so that Sifr is also available as svg theme.

Next step would be review the theme and give feedback.

If you like my work, become a downloads_wordmark_white_on_coral2x.jpg


Esta es la primera conferencia LibreOffice que se celebra en América Latina, un área de rápido crecimiento para el software libre y de código abierto.

The Document Foundation anuncia la Primera Conferencia LibreOffice Latinoamérica, que se llevará a cabo en …

02 April, 2019


This is the first ever LibreOffice conference covering Latin America, a rapidly-growing area for free and open source software.

Berlin, April 2nd, 2019 – The Document Foundation announces the LibreOffice Latin America Conference 2019, held at the Facultad Politécnica de Universidad Nactional de Assunción (FPUNA) in Asunción, Paraguay on July 19th (Friday) and 20th (Sat).

LibreOffice Latin America Conference will be the first event gathering LibreOffice users, advocates and contributors (not only development, but also localization, PR/marketing, documentation, quality assurance, … etc.) from different countries in Latin America, to exchange and share experiences and knowledge.

An exclusive translation sprint to Guarani will be held in parallel during the event with supervision of LibreOffice volunteer developers.

During the conference, we will discuss LibreOffice related business such as supporting and training, migrating to LibreOffice and the ODF true standard format, developing, and any other community activity in Latin America. In addition, we will have guests from the core team at The Document Foundation, which is a charitable foundation and the home of LibreOffice.

“The event will be an important opportunity for the consolidation of LibreOffice and free open source software in the region, bringing experiences from other countries for discussions and software development in Latin America” commented Alcides Javier Torres Gutt, professor at FPUNA. “FPUNA is proud to host the event for the Paraguayan FOSS communities, as well as advancing in the creation of a real LibreOffice with Guarani user interface”.

“The Document Foundation is a global organization, and as such wants to tighten the relationship with local communities in areas like Latin America, where there are huge growth opportunities for free open source software. A conference is the best way of putting together LibreOffice advocates, and sharing experiences and best practices at continental level” said Italo Vignoli, Marketing and Communication specialist at the Document Foundation.

Contact the conference organizers at mail address latinoamerica@global.libreoffice.org.

[en] Michael Meeks: 2019-04-02 Tuesday

21:00 UTC

  • Mail chew, sync with Andras. Pleased to see SUSE's success in the news.

01 April, 2019

[en] Michael Meeks: 2019-04-01 Monday

21:00 UTC

  • Mail; admin; status report. Interview, more application triage.


Free software projects, such as LibreOffice and GNU/Linux, are developed by communities spread across the world. Most of the work takes place online, but there are many events for developers and supporters to meet face-to-face. One such event is the Chemnitzer Linux-Tage (Chemnitz Linux Days), in Saxony, which took place this year on 16 and 17 March. And the LibreOffice community was there!

Stefan Unverricht, Thorsten Behrens and Mike Saunders had a stand with LibreOffice flyers, stickers, books and other merchandse – along with a PC to demonstrate the latest version of the suite. Of course, most Linux users are well aware of LibreOffice, but there were still various questions on these topics:

In addition, Stefan, Thorsten, Mike and Katarina Behrens gave talks about LibreOffice, The Document Foundation, and EGroupware integration with LibreOffice Online. Most of the talks were in German, and you can find them – along with audio recordings – here. From the other talks, we learnt about schools in Chemnitz that use LibreOffice, along with small organisations and churches.

Thorsten summarised the event: “It was very nice, with excellent talks, and a good spirit like the Paris Open Source Summit. The venue was lovely, while the talks were well attended. We should definitely go again next year!”

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