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I prefer to always use TDF's version of LO. Of course my version of Linux is Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, so the repository tends to not get the most up-to-date version of the packages I use.

I also am using 3.4.6 now. I am waiting for some issues to be resolved in the 3.5.x line that are show-stoppers for me.

I ALWAYS have a working user profile in backup, for when my profile get corrupted by something. That tends to happen about every 6 months or so.

As for Distros, well I like the GNOME desktop used by Ubuntu 10.xx. I have tried 11.xx "classic GNOME" options but I cannot get the panels on both the top and bottom of the desktop, like I really want/need them to be used for. Maybe when 12.04 LTS gets going, it would have what I need. I do not like the "tablet style" of desktop environments that seem to the the distros are going. I have had to have GNOME as my default desktop with KDE installed so I can use many of its system tools that work better for me than GNOME's version. So I use a combination of GNOME and KDE packages. Until I can get a "modern" distro to give me enough of what I need, I cannot switch. Actually, I use a dual boot laptop to test out Ubuntu's newest version to see if I can get it to do what I want/need.

On 04/08/2012 06:29 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
There are likely to be differences between the official TDF version and any version in any distros repos because they tend to tweak them a little to fit in better. It doesn't usually make things go wonky but appears to have broken something for you this time. Noob-friendly "gateway" distros such as Ubuntu/Debian family are great for starting out with Gnu&Linux but once you get into tweaking things yourself you might enjoy giving Arch or Slackware a try. There are a lot of distros in between the 2 extremes. Slackware usually tries to do the least amount of tweaking for most packages but apparently Arch has better documentation to help set the whole thing up. If i went this route i would dual-boot with Ubuntu/Debian for a while by installing Arch or Slackware on a new partition. I don't think i would go this route at all tho. I prefer sticking with Ubuntu as articles appear in fairly mainstream media about it and i bump into people that are using it.
Regards from
Tom :)

--- On Sun, 8/4/12, Jonathan Schultz<>  wrote:

From: Jonathan Schultz<>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Some documents make libreoffice-writer crash
Date: Sunday, 8 April, 2012, 5:26

Presumably you copied
the old User Profile to the new place to get your previous settings
and Extensions back?
Yes, did that and it worked fine. I also do some strange things like
replace the dictionary files with symbolic links into my working
directories so that they get shared and synchronised between my
different devices.

   You can always try the repo version another
time and then perhaps do a parallel install after that maybe.
Since I noticed that the debian testing repository is allegedly the same
version as TDF's (3.4.6-602) I tried using it but the problem came back.
So I'll stick with TDF's version for now and wait for a new release.


from Tom :)

--- On Sun, 8/4/12, Jonathan Schultz<>   wrote:

From: Jonathan Schultz<>  Subject: Re:
[libreoffice-users] Some documents make libreoffice-writer crash To: Date: Sunday, 8 April, 2012, 1:11

You might have already tried this but it looks like you didn't
mention it.  Can you download the TDF's official version instead
of using one from the repos?〈=en-GB
I have tried it now, and it works! Thank you very much. It messed
with my desktop integration a little and put the configuration files
in a different place, but when I'd worked that out it all looked

I didn't bother with the parallel installation though, actually
didn't notice that you'd shown me that link until it was too late. I
guess I can go back to the debian distro when they get 3.4.6?

Annoyingly the main downloads page tries to give me the .Rpm
instead of the .Deb but also it lets you choose the more stable
3.4.6 instead of the 3.5.2.
It worked for me, ie offered me the .deb installation.

Cheers, Jonathan

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