LibreOffice 4.2.0 is the first stable release from 4.2.x branch office suite applications. This release brings many enhancements to the graphical user interface, a new engine uses the GPU for Calc software, several improvements and bug fixes since the previous release LibreOffice 4.1.4. Check what’s new in LibreOffice 4.2.0 ? and Download options for many Linux distributions down below.
So, let’s have a walkthrough of LibreOffice 4.2.0 main features.
The first thing you will notice after installing LibreOffice 4.2.0 is the new Start Screen, which display the recent documents you have opened using any applications of LibreOffice suite and shows a preview of the last ODF documents. Also, you can open or create a new document, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, formula or create a database from the left sidebar.
Help drop down menu includes “Check for updates..”. So, you can easily download and install the latest stable release of LibreOffice.
A new set of icons called “Sifr” designed with a single color “Dark Gray”. The icons colors and design is simply beautiful, and non-distracting during typing to help the user concentrate on the document.
[How To]: Change LibreOffice 4.2.0 Icons to Sifr Icons?
From LibreOffice Writer Menu, open “Tools” drop down menu and select “Options”, Select “View” from “>LibreOffice”, finally you will see “User Interface” change the Icons to “Sifr” from “Icons Size and Style”.
Gnome 3 Application Menu integration.
Enhanced smiley faces.
A new calculation engine for LibreOffice Calc, it added a new formula interpreter to enable massive parallel calculations of formula cells using GPU via OpenCL. (Kohei Yoshida, Tor Lillqvist, Michael Meeks, Markus Mohrhard, AMD, MultiCoreWare).
And many more bug fixes and improvements to the office suite. Check the full release notes for more information about LibreOffice 4.2.0.
Download LibreOffice 4.2.0
Download page includes many download options “direct link or Torrent” for different operating systems and different packages for Linux distributions. Also, you could download the source code and build your own installer.
Debain and Ubuntu based Linux distributions, download the suitable architecture deb (x86) and deb (x86_64).
Fedora, openSUSE, Mandriva and CentOS based Linux distributions, download the suitable architecture rpm (x86) and rpm (x86_64).
Make sure you verify the md5sum for any package you have downloaded using the command down below.
The output of md5sum should be as same as the md5 hash for each file. such as x86_deb md5.
[How To]: install LibreOffice 4.2.0 on Ubuntu/Debian based Linux distribution
After you have download the suitable deb package for your system, Open Terminal, and navigate to the folder you have downloaded the package in to it “mostly it is Downloads directory”. and extract the package and install it using the following commands.
tar -xvzf LibreOffice_4.2.0_Linux_x86_deb.tar.gz
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
[note]Package name and folder name changes depending on which system architecture you currently have.[/note]
[note]For other Linux distributions such as Fedora, CentOS Linux based, each package you downloads includes a readme file which includes installation instructions for your system.[/note]