Porteus v4.0 RC4 released with added firmware to aid smoother experience

After a while, the Porteus team has announced the availability of another Porteus v4.0 release candidate 4 for testing. Despite the RC4 in version number, this release is actually first release candidate of Porteus made available to the public. It includes several new firmware and other base packages to provide a smoother and solid user experience.

Porteus v4.0 rc4 release banner

What is Porteus?

Porteus is a small sized, yet complete general purpose GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware. Porteus is well known for it's customizability and optimization for portable devices. Porteus is optimized to boot from a wide range of portable devices like pen drives, compact disks, hard drive and other bootable storage devices. It can boot & start funcitioning in a small amount of time.

For more information on Porteus GNU/Linux, you can checkout our gallery project.

What are the highlights in Porteus v4.0 RC4?

Porteus v4.0 RC4 is a development release of upcoming Porteus v4.0 stable release. This release candidate is bigger comparing to previous release candidate. It is caused due to the inclusion of extra packages and firmware to provide stable, reliable and smoother user experience.

Some of the main highlights in Porteus v4.0 RC4 release includes:
  • Kernel 4.15.2
  • Based on Slackware current
  • Provides 7 desktop environments to choose from.
  • New configuration file at porteus/porteus-v4.0-x86_64.cfg which replaces the .sgn file and can hold cheat codes. One per line.
  • New update-browser feature to update or download your preferred browser (available in GUI)
  • Support for EFI (using syslinux for both BIOS and EFI boots) Only one config file now exists for both methods: /mnt/sdXY/boot/syslinux/porteus.cfg
  • New Porteus update feature built in to update the base modules
  • Intel microcode available in boot folder (load with initrd=/boot/syslinux/intel-ucode.cpio,/boot/syslinux/initrd.xz in boot line)

Where can I download Porteus v4.0 RC4?

Porteus v4.0 RC4 is available in both 32 bit and 64 bit variations. You can find these images in official mirrors of Porteus GNU/Linux. Following are Porteus mirrors active at the moment (16th Feb 2018)
For further information, see Porteus v4.0 RC4 release announcement published in projects forum.
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Solus 4 won't ship snapd-Software Center integration with initial release

In an official status update, Mr Joshua Strobl, communication manager at Solus Project has announced their plans for upcoming Solus 4 release. The major plans for Solus 4 includes experimental support for wayland in GNOME session, delaying of support for snapd-Software Center integration, integraton of linux driver manager, ..etc.

A preview of Solus 4 development edition

What is Solus?

Solus is an independently evolved desktop operating system. The main idea behind Solus is providing an ideal desktop experience with the power of GNU/Linux. Instead of targeting multiple platforms at a time, Solus just target desktop users and the system is optimized for the same. In order to provide a better user experience, Solus brings its own desktop environment called Budgie. Additionally, it provides well-tweaked GNOME & MATE editions.

You can read more about Solus project & Budgie Desktop in our gallery project.

What are planned features for Solus 4?

In an official status post published on 14th February 2018, the team shares some plans for upcoming Solus 4 release.
  • As different from announced earlier, Solus 4 won't included support for snapd, a universal packaging format for GNU/Linux and other Unix like systems. The snapd integration is delayed as it will take some more time and the team don't want to delay the release of Solus just because of snapd. It will be provided as a continuous update on top of Solus 4 release.
  • The Software Center in Solus 4 will bring a fresh design along with integration of Linux Driver Management tool to provide better hardware support. This Software Centre will also make use of plugin based architecture in order to simplify upcoming snapd integration.
  • Enabling experimental wayland support GNOME session. It won't be used as default session in either Budgie or in GNOME as it is not stable yet for day to day use. However, the project don't want to stop their users from experimenting with latest technologies.
  • UI refinement for MATE Desktop
  • Budgie Desktop 10.4.1
  • Updated Brisk Menu - Modern application menu for MATE Desktop environment.

When Solus 4 is getting released?

By principle, Solus is a rolling GNU/Linux distribution. So, you can always enjoy continuous updates from Solus. However, in order to keep the installation image fault free and update, the team makes releases in a while. The Solus team has not yet shared any release plans for Solus 4. However, the development is going on now. And the team has decided to delay blocking factors like snapd integration. So we can expect Solus 4 release very soon.

For more information on upcoming Solus 4 and other activities going on Solus project, see weekly status update published in projects blog.

Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta released for testing

The Devuan team has announced the immediate availability of Devuan 2.0 beta for testing. This release code named ASCII is made in compatible with Debian 9.x Stretch and ensures safe update path from Debian 8.x Jessy and Debian 9.x Stretch.

The Devuan 2.0 Alpha was around for almost two years and is working smoothly on thousands of desktops and servers. The community has done extensive testing on Devuan 2.0 alpha image and has fixed most of the issues. Now, the community believes it is time for an open assessment and hence the beta release is made available for the public. Once the community incorporates the feedback received from external contributors, this branch will be declared as stable and the final image will be released.

Devuan 2.0 ASCII Beta banner

What is Devuan?

Well. We're talking about Devuan 2.0 beta release for a while now. For those who have not heard about Devuan earlier, Devuan is a fork of Debian without systemd - the init program used in Debian and it's derivatives. Since the init program while be running in background for the entire time, Devuan team don't want to include a heavier program like systemd. With this mission, Devuan has released it's first version from Debian Jessy has provided a smooth update path from Jessy and it's predecessor Wheezy.

When Devuan 2.0 is getting released?

Unlike many other main stream distributions, Devuan does not follow a strict schedule. The team tries to release the operating system once it is ready. The beta release is made available now for testing. Once it is tested by the open community, most of the reported bugs will be fixed. Once all bugs are fixed, it will be released to the community as a stable edition.

What are various update paths planned?

Devuan is made in compatible with Debian 9.x Stretch. The team is already providing safe update path from Debian 8.x Jessy and Debian 9.x Stretch to the Devuan 2.0 ASCII release. And of course, there will be update path from Devuan 1.0 also.

What are new features in Devuan 2.0 ASCII?

This is going to be most interesting part of any release. Quoting from official release announcement, following are major highlights in Devuan 2.0 ASCII beta release.
  • OpenRC is installable using the expert install path (thanks Maemo Leste!)
  • eudev has replaced systemd-udev (thanks Gentoo!)
  • elogind has been added as an alternative to consolekit (thanks Gentoo!)
  • Desktop users can choose among fully functional XFCE (Default), KDE, Cinnamon, LXQT, MATE, and LXDE desktops
  • CLI-oriented users can select the "Console productivity" task that installs a fully-featured set of console-based utils and tools.
  • A .vdi disk image is now provided for use with VirtualBox.
  • ARM board kernels have been updated to 4.14 and 4.15 for most boards.
For further information on Devuan 2.0 ASCII beta released, see original announcement made by Devuan team.

Manjaro community announces Bspwm edition 17.1.4, idles around 120Mb RAM

The Manjaro community has announced the release of Manjaro 17.1.4 Bspwm edition, latest stable snapshot of projects community edition feature BSpwm. This edition of Manjaro is designed to make efficient use of command line and it consumes ~120Mb of RAM on idle state. It provides the Manjaro Architect as the only way for installation and is suitable to use as system rescue images.

Manjaro Bspwm edition 17.1.4

Some of the important highlights in Manjaro Bspwm edition can be summarized as:
  • Multipurpose Rofi launcher, combining window switcher, applications launcher, run dialog and web search into one
  • Breath gtk3 theme
  • proper chromium theming (manjaro-browser-settings-native)
  • included (but disabled) lxpolkit
  • disabled compositing
  • window handling for libreoffice and plank
  • awesome new wallpapers by @muser
  • icons and image previews in ranger (@oberon hint hint :wink:)
  • mate-notification-daemon for clickable update-notifications
  • Improved Grub theme (also on installed system)
  • Chromium with native window decorations and gtk3 theme by default: 
For more information, discussions and screenshots of Manjaro Bspwm 17.1.4 release, see original post shared in Manjaro Forums.

elementary OS team starts talking about upcoming Juno 5.0 release

Answering the recent queries raised on upcoming elementary OS release, Mr Cassidy Blaede, a member of elementary team has written a blog post. This blog post talks about elementary OS 5.0 Juno, the upcoming stable release of project & addresses some associated questions like release date, planned features, future of Loki - the current stable release ..etc. The blog post also takes a quick walk through previous releases of elementary OS.

elementary OS development wallpaper. This wallpaper will be used when the Juno development starts. A similar wallpaper was used during Loki development phase also.

Let's have a quick walk through of various questions answered in elementary blog post.

1) Why it is assigned with version number 5.0 instead of 0.1, 0.2, ..etc 0.4 like it's predecessor?

When the first version of elementary OS created, the team was not confident enough to give it a version number 1.0 - which gives a feel of a perfect stable release. Due to this lack of confidence, elementary team decided to give it a version number 0.1. This approach was followed in later releases.

However, now it is time to make a recall. The elementary OS has become a mature operating system and is ready to use on production environments. It has developed it's own ecosystem and has a number of volunteer application developers. To denote the stability of the operating system, the team has decided to give a version number above one 1.0 for upcoming release. Considering the previous releases and to avoid confusions in future, elementary OS Juno will be given version number 5.0

2) When it is getting released

Unlike many other major GNU/Linux distributions, elementary OS does not provide a clear cut off date on which the OS will be released. Instead the policy is more like, it will be released when it is ready.

Considering the previous trends, elementary OS 5.0 Juno is expected to release a few months after the release of it's base distribution, ie, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS which is scheduled to arrive on April 2018.

3) What are planned features?

In general, when a new elementary release arrives there will be a change in underlying technology stack, which is Gtk and mutter for elementary OS. In addition to that, it will make use of modern hardware stack with a newer version of Linux Kernel.

The team will also focus on integrating redesigned payment mechanism with AppCenter, so that serious app developers can make a reasonable income from their apps.

The team is also aiming to continue to improve the HiDPI experience in Juno since several underlying components have received HiDPI fixes. Also, there might be new capabilities like Night Light daemon.

4) What would be the feature of Loki?

The elementary OS 0.4 Loki will be entering in maintenance state while Juno development is in progress. It means, there won't be any feature additions in Loki. However, Loki users can enjoy stability & security related updates to make sure that system is never compromised.

You can read original story introducing elementary OS 5.0 Juno in projects blog.

VLC 3.0 Vetinary brings hardware decoding, HDR, 360 Video and 3D Audio support

The VideoLan has announced the release of VLC 3.0 Vetinary, latest major release world's most popular open source, cross platform supported media player. This release brigs various advanced features like 4K and 8K playback with default hardware decoding, support for 10bits and HDR, 360 Video playback, 3D audio support ..etc.

A preview of VLC 3.0 Vetinary streaming videos

The VLC 3.0 release is immediately made available for various platforms like Windows, macOS, most varieties of GNU/Linux, and also mobile platforms like Android and iOS. It can be installed either from the official package manager of the platform or from the project website. The project is also available in snap format, a cross platform supported format for various GNU/Linux distributions.

The major highlights in VLC 3.0 can be summarized as follows:
  • VLC 3.0 activates hardware decoding by default, to get 4K and 8K playback!
  • It supports 10bits and HDR
  • VLC supports 360 video and 3D audio, up to Ambisoncics 3rd order
  • Allows audio passthrough for HD audio codecs
  • Can stream to Chromecast devices, even in formats not supported natively
  • Can play Blu-Ray Java menus: BD-J
  • VLC supports browsing of local network drives and NAS
Other changes in various VLC components includes:
CORE
  • Network browsing for distant filesystems (SMB, FTP, SFTP, NFS...)
  • HDMI passthrough for Audio HD codecs, like E-AC3, TrueHD or DTS-HD
  • 12bits codec and extended colorspaces (HDR)
  • Stream to distant renderers, like Chromecast
  • 360 video and 3D audio playback with viewpoint change
  • Support for Ambisonics audio and more than 8 audio channels
  • Subtitles size modification live

ACCELERATION
  • Hardware decoding and display on all platforms
  • HEVC hardware decoding on Windows, using DxVA2 and D3D11
  • HEVC hardware decoding using OMX and MediaCodec (Android)
  • MPEG-2, VC1/WMV3 hardware decoding on Android
  • Important improvements for the MMAL decoder and output for rPI and rPI2
  • New hardware accelerated decoder for OS X and and iOS based on Video Toolbox
  • New VA-API decoder and rendering for Linux

CODECS
  • BD-Java menus and overlay in Blu-Ray
  • Experimental AV1 video and Daala video decoders
  • OggSpots video decoder
  • New MPEG-1 & 2 audio layer I, II, III + MPEG 2.5 decoder based on libmpg123
  • New BPG decoder based on libbpg
  • TDSC, Canopus HQX, Cineform, SpeedHQ, Pixlet, QDMC and FMVC decoders
  • TTML subtitles support
  • Rewrite of webVTT subtitles support, including CSS style support
  • BluRay text subtitles (HDMV) deocoder

CONTAINERS
  • Rework of the MP4 demuxer
  • Rework of the TS demuxer
  • HD-DVD .evo support
  • Rework of the PS demuxer
  • Improvements on MKV

VIDEO OUTPUTS AND FILTERS
  • OpenGL as Linux/BSD default video output
  • Improvements in OpenGL output: direct displaying and HDR tonemapping
  • Rework of the Android video outputs
  • New Direct3D11 video output supporting both Windows desktop and WinRT modes
  • HDR10 support in Direct3D11 with Windows 10 Fall Creator Update
  • Hardware deinterlacing on the rPI, using MMAL
  • Video filter to convert between fps rates
  • Hardware accelerated deinterlacing/adjust/sharpen/chroma with VA-API
  • Hardware accelerated adjust/invert/posterize/sepia/sharpen with CoreImage
  • Hardware accelerated deinterlacing/adjust/chroma with D3D9 and D3D11

AUDIO OUTPUTS AND FILTERS
  • Complete rewrite of the AudioTrack Android output
  • New Tizen audio output
  • HDMI/SPDIF pass-through support for WASAPI (AC3/DTS/DTSHD/EAC3/TRUEHD)
  • Support EAC3 and TRUEHD pass-through for PulseAudio
  • Rework of the AudioUnit modules to share more code between iOS and macOS
  • SoX Resampler library audio filter module (converter and resampler)
  • Ambisonics audio renderer, supporting up to 3rd order
  • Binauralizer audio filter, working with Ambisonics or 5.1/7.1 streams
  • Pitch shifting module

ANDROID SPECIFIC

  • Chromecast support from your phone
  • HEVC hardware decoding using MediaCodec
  • Android Auto with voice actions
  • Available on all Android TV, Chromebooks & DeX
  • Support for Picture-in-Picture
  • Playlist files detection
For more details, see VLC 3.0 release notes published in VideoLan website. You can also read a detailed changelog in projects website.

MATE Desktop 1.20 released with improved stability and HiDPI support

Mr. Martin Wimpress, on behalf of MATE Desktop team, has announced the release of MATE Desktop 1.20, the latest stable release of modern desktop environment following traditional desktop metaphor. This release is a result of 9 months of continuous development since the announcement of MATE 1.18. It brings various bug fixes and enhancements over the previous release.
Global Menu in Ubuntu MATE 17.10 (File Picture)
The main focus in MATE 1.20 was stabilizing the ecosystem by replacing the deprecated code sections and rewriting some of the poorly written code snippets. It also includes an improved version of Macro - the window manager along with support for HiDPI.

The main highlights in MATE Desktop 1.20 can be summarized as follows:
  • HiDPI display support for dynamic resolution detection and scaling.
  • Improved cross-toolkit integrate with HiDPI hints for Qt applications
  • Dynamic resize and scale with HiDPI triggering, no log out/in required
  • Marco provides support for DRI3 and XPresent, if available.
  • Frame rates in games are significantly increased when using Marco.
  • Marco now supports drag to quadrant window tiling, cursor keys can be used to navigate the Alt + Tab switcher and keyboard shortcuts to move windows to another monitor were added.
  • Support for Global Menu providers like vala-panel-appmenu
  • Better status Notifier Items (SNI) support for MATE panels.
  • MATE Terminal now supports background images, adds Solarized themes and keybindings to switch tabs.
  • Atril, the document viewer, has had a massive overhaul and is better in every single way. Yes, all ways. Better!
  • In particular accessibility support for visually impaired users is considerably improved.
  • Caret navigation has been added.
  • The Invest applet has been dropped from MATE Applets.
  • The API, provided by Yahoo, has been discontinued and there is no reputable drop in replacement available.
  • Panel applets now size correctly based on the units being displayed and many graphs are dynamically scaled.
  • MATE Themes have seen significant improvements to fully implement all style classes exposed by GTK 3.22
  • Engrampa, the archive viewer, has improved support for encrypted 7z archives.
  • MATE Sensors Applet (finally) supports udisks2.
  • OpenBSD authentication is supported in MATE Screensaver and minizip in Atril supports more BSD variants.
  • Translations are updated. Thank you to our team of translators!
  • Also for distribution maintainers, the minimum GTK3+ and GLib requirements have been bumped.
  • GTK 3.22 and GLib 2.50 or newer are required to build MATE Desktop 1.20.
For more information and detailed change logs, see MATE 1.20 release announcement published in projects website.

Kali Linux 2018.1 released with AMD secure memory encryption support & increased memory limit

The Offensive Security team has released Kali Linux 2018.1, first stable update for Debian based security assessment cum defensive security system. This release includes various updated packages & bug fixes since the release of Kali Linux 2017.3.


In addition to updated packages & bug fixes, Kali Linux 2018.1 includes AMD Secure Memory Encryption support and extended memory limit for Kernel. With this extended memory limit, Kali Linux can now overcome the 64 TB memory limit.

The major highlights in Kali Linux 2018.1 release can be summarized as:
  • Linux Kernel 4.14 which includes a lot of features including
    • AMD Secure Memory Encryption Support – Secure Memory Encryption is a feature that will be in newer AMD processors that enables automatic encryption and decryption of DRAM. The addition of this features means that systems will no longer (in theory) be vulnerable to cold-boot attacks because, even with physical access, the memory will be not be readable.
    • Increased Memory Limits – Current (and older) 64-bit processors have a limit of 64 TB of physical address space and 256 TB of virtual address space (VAS), which was sufficient for more than a decade but with some server hardware shipping with 64 TB of memory, the limits have been reached. Fortunately, upcoming processors will enable 5-level paging, support for which is included in the 4.14 kernel. In short, this means that these new processors will support 4 PB of physical memory and 128 PB of virtual memory. That’s right, petabytes.
  • A number of updated packages & tools
  • Updated Hypver-V support which is now UEFI-based and expanding/shrinking HDD is supported. The Hyper-V integration services are also included, which supports Dynamic Memory, Network Monitoring/Scaling, and Replication.
You can find official Kali Linux 2018.1 release announcement in projects website.

elementary OS plans to revise the AppCenter payment method to make developers sustainable

The idea of AppCenter in the elementary OS was a big revolution. Instead of providing a package management system, it creates a tight bond between developers and users. The idea behind AppCenter is to provide developers a platform to publish their native elementary applications and monetize it if they think it is worth for doing so. This was an innovative concept was in open source world. Because, most of the time, open source developers had to spare their free time for developing apps without getting anything in return. With the AppCenter, developers were able to quickly publish, maintain and monetize their applications.


One of the primary goal pointed out by elementary OS team while introducing AppCenter was to create a sustainable ecosystem. Which means app developers can work as full time workers and get paid reasonable income from what they're doing. But when elementary OS team looks through the statistics after 9 months of AppCenter, they see that, AppCenter has attracted several developers. However, the income generated from these apps are not sufficient enough to sustain the life. This is the case even for popular apps like Harley, or Nimbus. The payout ratio was almost 1% or even less than that for most of the cases.

So, the elementary OS team is planning to revise the payment mechanism in AppCenter to make developers paid better. As part of this, there were some internal discussions within elementary OS team and following conclusions were turned out.
  • Beginning from Juno release, monetized apps which are not paid yet will be listed separately within update page. Along with these apps there will be a pay & update option.
  • When the Update All buttons is selected, all platform components and other critical applications will be updated along with unmonetized apps. If you want to update monetized but not yet paid apps, you need to explicitly do it.
  • Once the payment is done, monetized apps will also be updated just like normal apps.
  • User who don't want pay can still install and update apps by providing price zero with install/update button.
  • There won't be any periodic notifications or trial period expired or unregistered messages when using apps which are not yet paid. The elementary OS team don't want to interrupt users when they are doing something serious.
  • There will be a footer included in app description page, which will help users to donate for an app development at any time. Despite of the fact whether they've already installed the app or not.
For more information on elementary OS AppCenter changes, see original blog post published by elementary OS team.

openSUSE Leap 15 snapshot enters beta state

Continuing the development of openSUSE Leap 15, the openSUSE release engineering team has announced availability of development snapshots with beta quality and the testing images can be downloaded from project's website.

Following the development model established by openSUSE Leap 42.3, Leap 15.0 will also follow a rolling development model till final release. It won't include any concrete milestones like Alpha or Beta. However, there will be some soft definitions like the rolling snapshot has reached alpha state and so on.
The first beta release of openSUSE 15 leap was recently released and there will be multiple beta snapshot releases as soon as some issues gets fixed or there are some package updates. This will be released after an open quality assessment process.

Some of the notable remarks on openSUSE 15.0 beta release can be summarized as:
  • The beta snapshots has a fresh look with Linux Kernel 4.12 and Plasma Desktop 5.12
  • RPM 4.14, one of the planned major update is yet to be integrated with openSUSE 15.0 snapshot
  • Currently updating from previous Leap requires some manual conflict resolution. This issue is expected to fix in upcoming beta snapshots.
  • The list of obsolete packages is missing. This issue is expected to fix in near future.
As openSUSE is a community driven GNU/Linux distribution it encourages more and more skilled users to download beta snapshot and test it under various workloads to expose most of the issues, so that it can be fixed before final release.

The openSUSE conferences at Pargue will be around the time of final release of openSUSE Leap 15. These conferences will provide more opportunities for the team to collaborate with community to make final release even better.

For more information on openSUSE Leap 15 beta releases, see original blog post published by the project.

Linux Lite 3.8 released based on Ubuntu 16.04.3

The Linux Lite team has announced the release of Linux Lite 3.8, the final release in Linux Lite 3.x series. This release brings various package updates from base distribution, better support for LibreOffice and other Linux Lite specific enhancements.

Linux Lite 3.8 being a maintenance release in 3.x series, provides a smooth update path from earlier versions in 3.x series. This update process can be done either through graphical update manager provided with the system or via command line tools. Linux Lite discourage attempts to update the system from 2.x series and other development releases.

A preview of Linux Lite 3.0 Final Desktop
Some of the noteworthy changes in Linux Lite 3.8 release can be summarised as:
  • Better support for LibreOffice productivity suite.
  • A new Font Viewer/Installer
  • Linux Lite's custom Google based Search page as the home page in Firefox.
  • TLP has been added to Lite Tweaks to provide better battery consumption on laptops.
  • Various improvements & features additions for Lite packages including Lite Tweaks, Lite Welcome, Lite Update Manager & Lite user manual
  • Updated packages like 
    • Kernel: 4.4.0-112 (custom kernels also available via our Repository for versions 3.13 - 4.14)
    • Firefox: 58.0 Quantum
    • Thunderbird: 52.5.0
    • LibreOffice: 5.1.6.2
    • VLC: 2.2.2
    • Gimp: 2.8.22
For more detailed release announcement of Linux Lite 3.8, see projects official forums.

The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice 6.0; Here is what is new

The Document Foundation has announced the release of LibreOffice 6.0, latest major release of worlds leading open source productivity suite. This release brings various improvements to provide better privileges, security and reliability to the users. It also ensures better interoperability with MicroSoft office documents.

It has been 7 years since the first release of LibreOffice. The Document Foundation was established with the goal of providing a powerful, stable, cross platform supported and free office productivity suite. Initially, LibreOffice project was started as a fork of OpenOffice. Within a short span, LibreOffice has evolved a lot and has proven itself as professional productivity suite. With the release of LibreOffice 6.0, it continues its journey as leading open source productivity suite.

LibreOffice Development over the years

Following are some of the notable features of LibreOffice 6.0 productivity suite:
GENERAL
  • An EPUB export filter has been added, to save documents as e-books.
  • It's now possible to import QuarkXPress v3 and v4 files, while support forOOXML has been improved as well, especially for SmartArt, cross references and ActiveX controls.
  • The Special Characters dialog has been improved, with a new search facility along with recent and favourite characters. Also, a new drop-down icon in the toolbar lets you quickly add special characters.
  • In addition, the user interface customisation dialog has been redesigned to be more intuitive and user friendly.
  • A new icon set for the toolbars - called Elementary - has been added.
  • If you want to save an image that's embedded into a document, and the image has been modified, you can now either save the original version or the modified version.
  • On all desktop platforms, you can now use OpenPGP keys to sign and encryptODF documents.
  • TSCP-based classification now allows multiple policies, and in Writer, you can mark and sign individual paragraphs.
  • A selection from the popular open source Noto font family is now included by default, due to its large Unicode coverage, while fonts for Hebrew and Arabic have been added as well.
  • Finally, the Help system has been improved to be more user-friendly and work better with mobile devices.
WRITER

  • New table styles have been added to the word processor, to make your documents and data look even better.
  • A drop-down list has been added to the find toolbar, which helps to make navigation simpler.When you're performing a mail merge, it's now possible to use data from tables inside Writer itself.
  • A new Form menu has been added, making it easier to add interactive forms to your documents.
  • It's now possible to have split sections inside tables.Custom dictionaries are more flexible, using innovative human language technology, helping professional journalists, editors and writers.When you've inserted an image into a document, you can now rotate it to any angle, rather than in steps of just 90 degrees. 
CALC

  • In the spreadsheet, new commands have been added to select unprotected cells on protected or unprotected sheets.
  • If a sheet is protected, a lock symbol appears at the beginning of the sheet's tab.Using the File > Export dialog, you can now export a cell range selection - or a selected group of shapes - in PNG or JPG format.
  • The Links dialog has been simplified, while three new ODF 1.2 compliant spreadsheet functions have been implemented, for finding and replacing textusing byte positions.
IMPRESS

  • 10 great new templates have been added, for home and business use, to make your presentations really stand out.
  • In addition, the default aspect ratio is now 16:9, so your new presentations work with widescreen displays straight away. 
ONLINE

  • In LibreOffice Online, the cloud-based version of the suite, many improvements have been made to the interface.
  • User avatars are now supported, which are displayed in comments. 
  • In addition, links in comments are now detected automatically. 
  • Dialogs have been added and updated, such as Insert Special Characters, and Find And Replace.
  • Spell checking is now available across Writer, Calc and Impress, while the status bar now shows the current language of text being edited.
  • Writer now has an interactive horizontal ruler, like in the desktop version of the suite.
  • In Calc, an active cell reference box has been added, and basic editing of charts has been implemented
 For more information, see LibreOffice 6.0 release announcement published in Document Foundation website.