Firefox 7 Finally Hits Ubuntu 11.04

A big surprise today when I clicked on Update Manager to check what new and interesting updates are available, when lo and behold, Firefox 7 is in the list! Hurray! I’ve been waiting eagerly for this update for a time now.

For Firefox 7, the wait was not that long. It has only been a few days since the release of the 7th major version of this awesome web browser. The official Ubuntu repository was slow to roll out the updated version as usual. I really did not think Ubuntu would push Firefox 7 to Natty Narwhal. Not when the imminent release of Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot is only days away. I could not have cared less since I plan to upgrade to Oneiric anyway. The major changes to Unity is just too much for me to ignore.

On the other hand the updates to LibreOffice was not what I expected. Note that this is version 3.3.4 and NOT 3.4.x. The current version of LibreOffice is 3.4.3. I almost jumped with joy when I saw there was a new LibreOffice update out. Only to find that it is still the 3.3.x version. Well at least there is an update. Besides, I am looking forward to purge and re-install the entire LibreOffice package this weekend because of a silly bug.

What bug? The missing colors bug. Due to unknown reasons my LO install has lost all default Font Colors, Background Colors and Highlighting Colors. All that remains is White. ALL WHITE! Yes I can manually put in any color I want within the RGB color scale, but it is going to take too long and finding the right names and the right colors to populate the toolbar is going to cost me hours. I am crossing my fingers that a re-install will fix this permanently.

If you know how to get back all colors without me manually adding each color one by one, please drop a comment. I would love to read about it. My search for a solution has been fruitless so far, although I did not really try that hard.

Edit: This should be in another post but I will just put it here for the meantime:

The LibreOffice PPA for Ubuntu already has made available LibreOffice 3.4.3 on their distribution channel. You can add ppa:libreoffice/ppa on Ubuntu Software Center.

Furthermore, Oneiric Ocelot which will be rolling out in a few days will officially come with LibreOffice 3.4.3.

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