LibreOffice News Archives

171 LibreOffice open-source and Linux related news articles on Phoronix since 2010.

LibreOffice's Little-Used OpenCL Support Enjoys Some Code Cleaning
LibreOffice's Little-Used OpenCL Support Enjoys Some Code Cleaning

Back in 2013 when AMD was pushing their Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) they joined The Document Foundation and wanted to make use of OpenCL acceleration within this open-source office suite. Shortly thereafter they added many OpenCL functions to LibreOffice but now a decade later it seems to be of little use but at least this week thanks to a Collabora engineer there has been some OpenCL code cleaning for this free software office suite.

1 September 2022 - LibreOffice OpenCL - 30 Comments
LibreOffice Working On New Gestures Support

While LibreOffice has supported some input gestures in the past like swiping and long presses with the GTK front-end as well as some Android and iOS specific additions, it looks like greater gesture support is on the way for this cross-platform, open-source office suite.

26 August 2022 - LibreOffice Gestures - 1 Comment
Loongson Adds LoongArch Support To LibreOffice
Loongson Adds LoongArch Support To LibreOffice

Following GCC 12 introducing LoongArch support earlier this year, Linux 5.19 adding the initial LoongArch port, and Glibc 2.36 adding LoongArch, LibreOffice is now the latest high-profile open-source project adding support for this Chinese processor ISA that started out derived from MIPS64.

11 August 2022 - Chinese MIPS64-Derived CPU ISA - 19 Comments
AVX/AVX-512 Tuning Doesn't Payoff For LibreOffice's Calc Spreadsheets
AVX/AVX-512 Tuning Doesn't Payoff For LibreOffice's Calc Spreadsheets

While Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) can provide some big performance boosts when software is properly tuned for it and most often we are writing about projects adding support for it, in the case of LibreOffice they are now going ahead and removing their AVX and AVX-512 tuning.

11 February 2022 - Drops AVX Tuning - 55 Comments
LibreOffice Sees New Activity For Compiling To WebAssembly
LibreOffice Sees New Activity For Compiling To WebAssembly

Last May there was some work on compiling LibreOffice to WebAssembly as another means of getting this open-source office suite executing within the web browser and other environments. It had been quiet since on the LibreOffice WASM front but a number of new commits were merged this morning.

19 January 2022 - LibreOffice + WASM - 3 Comments
Developers Continue New Push With LibreOffice In The Web Browser Via WebAssembly

While there has been LibreOffice Online as a collaborative, web-based version of LibreOffice making use of the HTML5 Canvas for its UI, there hasn't been much activity there recently outside of the Collabora Online commercial variant. But developers are working on a current port of LibreOffice to the web browser using WebAssembly.

10 February 2021 - WebAssembly Port - 36 Comments
LibreOffice 7.1 "Community" Edition Released

LibreOffice 7.1 has just been released as the latest version of this cross-platform, open-source office suite that now carries "Community" branding and promoting of "Enterprise" variants as well.

3 February 2021 - LibreOffice 7.1 - 29 Comments
LibreOffice Drops Its Experimental, Buggy VLC Integration

LibreOffice has various "AVMedia" back-ends for supporting the playback of audio and video within the open-source office suite with GStreamer and other platform-specific options. LibreOffice also supported a VLC back-end for audio/video playback but after years of that code being experimental and not maintained, it's now been eliminated.

26 December 2020 - AVMedia VLC - 52 Comments
LibreOffice 7.1 Alpha Is Up For Testing

While LibreOffice 7.0 was just released back in August, LibreOffice 7.1 is now in alpha as the first step towards this next open-source office suite release.

27 October 2020 - LibreOffice 7.1 Alpha - 15 Comments
The Document Foundation Officially Drops Branding For LibreOffice 7.0 "Personal Edition"

Surprising many in the open-source community in recent weeks was the LibreOffice 7.0 release candidate branded as a "Personal Edition". While still being free/open-source software and no licensing change, the traditional LibreOffice build was going to be marketed as "Personal Edition" to differentiate from other stakeholders that may market their professional/enterprise services around this cross-platform, open-source office suite. Those Personal Edition plans are now officially being reverted from next month's LibreOffice 7.0 release.

20 July 2020 - No Personal Edition - 18 Comments
LibreOffice On Windows Will Now Hard Require Clang For Performance Reasons

Last month we reported on LibreOffice now preferring its new rendering code be built with LLVM Clang over alternative compilers. When falling back to CPU-based software rasterization, the Clang-generated code performs much better than alternative compilers given Google's own emphasis with Skia on being Clang-focused. LibreOffice 7.0 is now beginning a hard requirement on Clang when building for Windows.

8 May 2020 - LibreOffice Clang - 39 Comments

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