LibreOffice 6.0 Released . . with Many Enhancements

LO 6 has some impressive new features:  (for example, strong gpg file encryption),  which is a major plus for any document with sensitive info.

Did you know: Over 25 million people use LibreOffice worldwide?

libreoffice 6.0 splashscreen

The new LibreOffice 6 Splashscreen

LibreOffice Official Download Link

 

Warning . . re patches for Meltdown/Spectre . .

Lots and lots of online articles about the very negative consequences of just applying the fixes (patches) to all modern cpu’s of last two decades . .

As I relayed at the last meeting, in early January after applying one of the patches to a particular haswell based Intel cpu (System76 Sable AIO), the machine would not complete the startup boot sequence.   I had to reboot and select the prior running kernel (only happened twice in 18 years).   This is unacceptable for the average user.

For the millions of business, govt, edu, science and similar users, the problem is way worse.   All major cpu makers affected (Intel, AMD, ARM) for either Meltdown, Spectre or both.   (Spectre has several branches).

For those in doubt, here’s a post by the worlds foremost computer science engineer – Linus Torvalds:

Torvalds on Meltdown/Spectre Situation

Meerkat Bluetooth Speaker Musings

I thought that I would list the results of using Bluetooth to connect to speakers.

I have 3 Bluetooth devices: and Insignia Stereo Speaker, Echo, and Trekz Titanium bone-conducting headphones.

After pairing the Insignia works, but the speakers are just fair. The Echo has much better sound and pairs well after giving Alexa instruction to pair. The Trekz is great with the day long live and clear sound. It’s like the sound from an old stereo.

Yesterday, I hooked up the Echo to the Mercat. After playing for about a half hour the sound became scratchy. This also happens with the Insignia, often it is scratchy from the start.  But it has never (fingers crossed) happened with the Trekz.

So I am wondering, do the processors get overworked? It never happens when the Echo plays my Amazon music. I would think that the audio signal is not being decoded when the distortion could occur.

So I am asking the group for explanations of this phenomena.

Example of “Rare” Customer Service for PC’s

Above is a “same day” response from Emma to an issue I reported on Cecilia’s System76 AIO (all in one) desktop PC.   The PC is out of it’s 1 year warranty but with System76, they continue to provide software support for the life of the PC (at no cost to the customer).

The issue was a Canonical update that issued a flawed kernel in response to the Meltdown/Spectre fiasco.

I’ll provide more detail at our club meeting for the 4 other Linux users in case this is or was an issue for them also.