LibreOffice 4.2.5 Emerges

“LibreOffice 4.2.5, as well as LibreOffice 4.1.6, have been developed by over 800 contributors, who have joined the project since the launch in late September 2010 (source: http://www.ohloh.net). “This is a wonderful achievement”, said Thorsten Behrens, Chairman of The Document Foundation. “We have managed to attract at least three new contributors per month, for 46 months in a row, with an average of more than 200 new contributors per year”.”

It’s here. It’s too good to be true but LibreOffice 4.2.5 is here and ready for prime time and “enterprise” deployments. Yes boys and girls, they’ve even made it work better with that other OS… and it sure is pretty.

See LibreOffice 4.2.5 hits the marketplace.

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9 Responses to LibreOffice 4.2.5 Emerges

  1. oiaohm says:

    Link 1: http://mmohrhard.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/ooxml-strict-support-in-libreoffice/
    Link2: http://mmohrhard.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/update-about-our-importexport-crash-testing/

    Issue like this Link 1 is why asking for a percentage done on OOXML is impossible kurkosdr. Basically Microsoft is still changing how OOXML works. So you are asking for a percentage done against something that is incomplete and changing.

    Asking for a percentage done on ODF is possible because you are able to put a version number and at that version number ODF does not change.

    Link2 lists what libreoffice does and provides links to 2 validators. The ODF Validator is the officially validator for the ODF standard. For OOXML we only have a third party non official hack officeotron that may be saying something is valid when its invalid or the reverse.

    kurkosdr basically you are asking for a number we cannot give ODF is over 99 percent with Libreoffice. OOXML don’t have a clue and no way to have a clue.

    The lack of validator is why OOXML documents moving between versions of MS Office also break. Everyone is suffering because Microsoft designed a protocol and did not make a validator.

  2. kurkosdr says:

    “kurkosdr there are full time developers working on translation from external formats to Libreoffice. Each release of Libreoffice the errors in translation are reducing. ”

    Problem is, they won’t reveal how much of the (huge) specification they have covered. Is it 40%, is it 75%?

    Sure, the OOXML spec isn’t really a spec, but the Libre folks should be transparent and reveal how much of the spec they have covered, even with potential errors.

  3. oiaohm says:

    kurkosdr there are full time developers working on translation from external formats to Libreoffice. Each release of Libreoffice the errors in translation are reducing.

    But OOXML has issues with portability.

  4. kurkosdr says:

    “Actually KUKU, if you sending out a document, normally it is not in a editable format so your customers can edit your pricing and formatting, you send it out as a pdf or even use docusign, which tosses the notion of even needing docx vs odt etc.. out the window.”

    There is collaboration, and the ocassional presentation or document being uploaded in pptx and docx respectively.

    PS: WTF does “KUKU” mean?

  5. dougman says:

    Actually KUKU, if you sending out a document, normally it is not in a editable format so your customers can edit your pricing and formatting, you send it out as a pdf or even use docusign, which tosses the notion of even needing docx vs odt etc.. out the window.

    If someone sends me a docx file, so be it I can read it just fine. When I send them a odt in return or a pdf, and they whine about it, I say “Go download Libreoffice, it is free”

    M$ Office is not a necessary requirement on resumes either, its more like can you even compose a 25-page summary post-mortem and disseminate to 20 people at one time?

  6. kurkosdr says:

    “LOL…people do not care if a document is a odt or docx, they just want their document. ”

    You really ARE a dogbrain, that’s for sure. Yes, people want their document, and if it’s a docx some moron created, LibreOffice has to do docx reasonably well to view it.

    Which is what my previous post says. The one you didn’t understand despite being simple english.

  7. JD says:

    Good to see they added colour to the toolbar buttons again. Now if only they would make them flatter and more ‘modern’, and lose the grey border.

    Then again, I should probably stop complaining and start contributing.

  8. dougman says:

    LOL…people do not care if a document is a odt or docx, they just want their document.

    The thing with LibreOffice is it saves you $100.00, and if you are a SMB, the cost savings can run into the thousands of dollars.

    Would you rather own your software, or rent/lease it? M$ is migrating from the leasing model, to the rental model as it increases their annual revenue.

    Paying a yearly fee, just so I can create documents is insane!

  9. kurkosdr says:

    Does it do docx and pptx reasonably well?

    I know, ooxml is an evil monstrosity of half-xml and half-binary data, shouldn’t have become an ISO standard if it weren’t for “balloting irregularities”, the difference between OOXML transitional and OOXM strict was put there to ensure a moving target, but truth is, lots of people send files in those stupid docx and pptx formats, so handling ooxml reasonably well is important. There is no meaningful way of exchanging data between MS Office and LibreOffice without ooxml support by LibreOffice, because MS Office doesn’t do ODF well either.

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