Accelerated updates 6.0.1 and 5.4.5 available. Increased security, 60 bugfixes. Strongly advised

I thought this was worth a mention. Updating is strongly advised, and I would say especially if your problem is addressed (list in link below).

Early availability of LibreOffice 5.4.5 and LibreOffice 6.0.1: all users are invited to update for improved robustness and securityPosted in Announcements, LibreOffice By Italo Vignoli On February 9, 2018
Berlin, February 9, 2018 – The Document Foundation announces the earlier than planned release of LibreOffice 5.4.5 and LibreOffice 6.0.1, to solve issues which have popped up after the launch of LibreOffice 6.0. In addition, the new release has been leveraged to integrate a security patch.

Although members of the LibreOffice core development team were attending FOSDEM in Brussels to talk about LibreOffice and meet the FOSS community, they have immediately reacted to QA reports and provided the necessary patches. This confirms the level of responsiveness achieved by LibreOffice project.

All LibreOffice users are therefore strongly invited to update to the new versions:

Power users, early adopters and technology enthusiasts should update from the recently installed LibreOffice 6.0 to LibreOffice 6.0.1,
All individual users and organizations of any size should update from any other version of LibreOffice to LibreOffice 5.4.5.

Organizations should deploy LibreOffice with the backing of certified developers, migrators and trainers (an updated list is available at Professional Support | LibreOffice - Free Office Suite - Based on OpenOffice - Compatible with Microsoft).

LibreOffice 5.4.5 bug and regression fixes are described here: while LibreOffice 6.0.1 bug and regression fixes are described here: Releases/6.0.1/RC1 - The Document Foundation Wiki

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LibreOffice 5.4.5 and LibreOffice 6.0.1 are immediately available for download from the following link: Download LibreOffice | LibreOffice - Free Office Suite - Based on OpenOffice - Compatible with Microsoft

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Several companies sitting in TDF’s Advisory Board (Advisory Board | The Document Foundation - The House of LibreOffice and Document Liberation Project) provide either value-added LTS versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

Unfortunately, at least in Base, 6.0.1 is worse than 6.0. 6.0.1 Base now randomly crashes & has new bugs. Back to maybe for awhile.

Had you sent crash reports and also associated bug reports? We cannot fix something we don’t know about.

Unfortunately yes. While a number of regressions were reported from Beta and one got fixed, more is now broken. Base is getting sad. Nothing improves, but every major & medium release seems to have regressions & some just don’t get fixed. There are still open regressions just in Base from 5.0 release. Some of the new ones take hours to pinpoint and the latest appears the same. Certainly getting tiresome for no improvements in the product.

Could you please point to the regressions in 6.0.1 in bugzilla?

Off hand here is one from Beta reported - #114676. Now need to file at least two more but have to get specific conditions (as always pressed for). One is size of forms. Change one & all change. Another is crashing. This is random so far & may have to do with more macro code possibly related to form re-sizing. All this (and possibly more) works in v5.4.3.2 & so far in v5.4.5.1.

Just FYI here is one from 5.0 - long wait on this. #94341.

Have also now filed #115169. Other “crash” problem is much more difficult to pinpoint. Will take time.

Just a final note. There are more Base regressions still open reported by myself & others over the past few years. They keep mounting.

First, thank you @Ratslinger for your valuable contributions both to AskLibO and to QA!

OK, I’ve looked through the mentioned bugs. The one from 5.0 is fixed now - that’s my personal gratitude to you :slight_smile:

The tdf#115169 isn’t from 6.0.1 - it was already in 6.0 pre-alpha. Both it and the other tdf114676 are bisected to the regression commits, and authors notified.

Still, I don’t see the evidence that “at least in Base, 6.0.1 is worse than 6.0”. :slight_smile:

@mikekaganski Thank you for the personal attention to this matter. I was not asking for nor expecting that. My apologies for the rant. I have tried to avoid this where possible. Hopefully you can understand my initial reaction when 6.0.1 started getting crashes. Reaction was “more of the same”. It’s been a long weekend of contemplation; close to going elsewhere. These problems, along with the mail problems on this site (I understand this is finally being worked on) were driving factors.

I do not thank you for what you have done for ‘myself’, but rather for the many people who are trying to use Base and see these problems on a daily basis (tdf94341 a good example). I also understand the limited resources for Base. It’s the ‘seemingly’ constant regressions without improvements which is annoying. So I do accept your statement where you ‘…don’t see the evidence…’.

Again, Thank You for your attentiveness and response to this matter.