The new community version of LibreOffice

LibreOffice 24.2 Announcement

We have a weekend of articles on office suites. Yesterday I was talking to you about the new version of ONLYOFFICE Docs and today about the new community version of LibreOffice. Which from now on adopts an identification system based on the month and year.

It is true that they have been with us for a few days now, but the email that Microsoft sent to its clients in Argentina announcing the sharp increase in the 365 subscription (Office in the cloud) may make many people look for alternatives.

For those who have never heard of LibreOffice, I will say thatIt is a very complete free, open source, cross-platform office suite., available for GNU/Linux, macOS and Windows systems and is compatible with Microsoft Office formats.

I think that free and open source software users will never thank Oracle enough for ignoring OpenOffice and making a group of developers so angry that they created LibreOffice. We went from having an office suite that was light years ahead of commercial ones to one that was fully competitive.

The new community version of LibreOffice

The first thing that stands out about this release of The Document Foundation is that it goes from branch 7 to branch 24. This is, as I said in the opening paragraph, because it now adopts an identifier system based on the year and month of release. Something similar to what Ubuntu does but without also assigning it a name.

What continues to be maintained is the community classification for the most updated version and business for the version that has been with us for some time.

The news

The Google Docs generation, when it comes to working with desktop office suites, often forgets to save their work. LibreOffice 24.2 fixes this activating the auto recovery function by default.  If you are writing a plan to take over the world or the formula for the next soft drink to conquer the market, The new ODF file encryption is more resistant to brute force attacks and the password strength indicator helps you find the best one. Also in terms of security, now the program tells you what can or cannot be done using macros.

Our blind friends will appreciate the improved interaction with screen readers allowing better identification of status bars in dialogs, better management of roles and attributes in texts and objects and changing the state of check boxes using the space bar

Writer and Calc

U was added to the word processorA new way of numbering elements in a list is called “Legal”. In addition, new styles were added for comments and better support was given to a topic that usually causes quite a few headaches. The one with the tables that take up more than one page.

The spreadsheet now has a new search window in the function sidebar which helps to find the one we need, support for scientific numerical formatting and highlighting of the row and column of the active cell.

Print & Draw

Presentation and drawing programs now they can work better with small capitals and are better at complying with the ODF standard. Presenter console settings relocated and the remote control.


Interaction with documents created by and for Microsoft Office increases thanks to improvements to support for the OOXML format and the addition of support for the SVG OOXML extension.

This new version, with support until November 30 of this year, will come by default in Ubuntu 24.04. In the meantime it can be installed manually (There are tutorials on our blog) or from the Snap store using the command
sudo snap install libreoffice --candidate
Other Linux distributions can do it with FlatHub, in this case the command is the following:
flatpak install flathub org.libreoffice.LibreOffice

For the rest of the operating systems it can be downloaded from here

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