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Article from Issue 233/2020

In the news: LibreOffice 6.4 Released; Official Evernote Client Coming to Linux; Thanks to Linux, Google and Valve are Bringing Steam to Chromebooks; Nine-Year-Old Bug Found and Fixed in Sudo; and Systemd-homed Is Coming to a Linux Distribution Near You.

LibreOffice 6.4 Released

LibreOffice 6.4 (https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/6.4) has arrived for Linux (and other platforms) and is one all users will want on their desktops. Why? Two words: Productivity and compatibility. The developers have gone out of their way to make a number of tasks (such as saving spreadsheets and presentations) faster.

Version 6.4 adds new features and tweaks, making the office suite considerably more efficient. For example, the LibreOffice Start Center now includes thumbnails of previously edited documents, making it much faster to locate the file you want to work on.

One previous feature that has been drastically improved is the redaction tool (which was only recently introduced to LibreOffice). Prior to version 6.4, using the redaction tool was a bit of a challenge. Now, LibreOffice has a new automatic redaction mode that allows users to quickly mask any and all data that matches a specific word, phrase, or expression. The auto-redaction tool allows you to add and save words, phrases, and expressions as targets and then apply them to any document. This way you can save specific phrases you have to frequently redact so that they can be easily applied to documents with which you work.

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