Libre Office 5.2 Beta Will be Available in Flatpak Format
Developers working in the Libre Office Suite department under the Document foundation have recently announced plans pertaining to their work on the upcoming Libre Office version 5.2 with a Beta released for all supported platforms.
The Document Foundation is slow gaining traction and it has seen its free and open-source cross-platform office suite slowly become adopted by big entities and government departments.
One of the prominent tweak expected with the new update is the test of a new format called flatpak which the developers have began maintaining and looking for ways to have it bundled with the new release.
For those that are not very familiar with Flatpak format, it a technology created by the GNOME Project and was previously named XDG-App. The idea was to create an alternative or equivalent to Canonical’s Ubuntu Snap technology or an alternative to Applmage.
It should be noted that most GNU/Linux distribution use either Applmage or Flatpak bundled within their operating systems including Arch and Debian.
For those that are interested in the Libre Office 5.2 release but don’t use supported Distributions that has Flatpak bundled, you can visit the official Project site to learn how to install it on Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie,” Arch Linux, Fedora, Mageia, or Ubuntu but that use supported flavours, you can download the software and install it using the following commands.
First, run the top set of commands to add the Flatpak repository that contains the GNOME runtime for the current distribution you are using
flatpak remote-add –user –gpg-import=gnome-sdk.gpg gnome https://sdk.gnome.org/repo/
flatpak install –user gnome org.gnome.Platform 3.20.
If that is successful. Install and run the Libre Office 5.2 Beta flatpak package using this command.
flatpak install –user –bundle LibreOffice.flatpak
flatpak run org.libreoffice.LibreOffice