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Submission + - LibreOffice 4.2 with GPU mantle support is out ( 4

Billly Gates writes: A basic summary of the new features are listed here. In catching up with MS Office the new LibreOffice 4.2 now has full Windows 7/8 integration including aero peak, thumbnails, jumplists, and recent documents all from the taskbar. In addition one weak area for LibreOffice has been enterprise network support and the lack of active directory tools. LibreOffice now has GPO and active directory support for system administrators to deploy and manage Libreoffice over corporate networks. Libreoffice also includes an expert configuration Window to assist power users and system administrators when deploying to hundreds of workstation at a time as well.

Also of particular interest is AMD/ATI is expecting to finally release Mantle in the next coming hours for games like Battlefield 4. Surprisingly LibreOffice also supports mantle as well according to the release notes. However you will need the 14.1 driver which is being compiled and uploaded at the time of this writing to utilize this feature. Mantle will accelerate lower end cpus by up to 300% in some tasks while having modest improvements for those with more recent powerful CPUs. A real niceties for those like myself on AMD phenom II's with the later 7000 series cards.

The only issue (some on slashdot may say benefit ) is the lack of a ribbon UI. However, for recent articles about governments considering openoffice this release addresses shortcomings with the new active directory and GPO support.

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LibreOffice 4.2 with GPU mantle support is out

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  • Mantle added to OpenOffice? This does not seem to appear in the release notes...
    And does not seem to be in their repo of Core (master)...
    Anyone got info on this?

    • Lets see from the source.

      "....Finally, the Catalyst 14.1 driver is also the first HSA-enabled driver, which allows Kaveri APUs to intelligently cooperate with a GPU to share the workload. The only supporting applications listed by AMD at this time are LibreOffice v4.2.0.1+ and Core AfterShot Pro v1.2.0.6+, but it says more will come online soon."..

      So I would say the answer is yes on this unless MaximumPC got this wrong?

      • by Arkh89 ( 2870391 )

        Well, the thing is that it does not say Mantle so technically, I would understand that it could be OpenCL instead. I am just interested in having a peak at what Mantle SDK look like...

        • Maybe I should have been clear that MaximumPC link mentioned Mantle, not Libreoffice directly.

          I now wonder if it has hardware acceleration then why doesn't the LibreOffice notes mention this? Does Linux offer it or is it a win only thing?

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