Article from Issue 209/2018

In the news: LibreOffice 6.0 released; Red Hat acquires CoreOS; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 beta out; Torvalds Is not happy with Intel’s patch, calls it garbage; and more than 2,000 WordPress sites infected by malware. 

LibreOffice 6.0 Released

The Document Foundation announced the release of LibreOffice 6.0, the biggest release of the fully open source office suite since LibreOffice 5.x was released in 2016.

One of the biggest improvements in LibreOffice 6.0 is the introduction of Notebook Bar, a ribbon interface that makes it easier to perform many tasks without having to dig through menus. You can enable the feature from the Advanced settings. The new release offers many different modes that users can choose for their own workflows, including a sidebar and a minimalistic single toolbar.

LibreOffice 6.0 claims to offer better file compatibility with Microsoft Office documents. The release also offers the ability to export documents as ePub, an ebook format. "OOXML interoperability has been improved in several areas: import of SmartArt and import/export of ActiveX controls, support of embedded text documents and spreadsheets, export of embedded videos to PPTX, export of cross-references to DOCX, export of MailMerge fields to DOCX, and improvements to the PPTX filter to prevent the creation of broken files," said Italo Vignoli, one of the cofounders of the Document Foundation.


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