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I installed Lubuntu 16.04 on an Acer Extensa 2511, 64-bit (then I installed ubuntu-mate-desktop and ubuntu-mate-core). With both lubuntu and MATE, Libreoffice WRITER crashes often, shutting the desktop session down and bringing me back to the login window. I tried to reinstall libreoffice; to remove libreoffice and MATE and to install MATE again,; to reinstall jre. None of these worked. I dont't think the problem is MATE rather than Lubuntu/lxde, this happened with lubuntu as well before installing MATE the fist time. Libreoffice version is 5.1.

  • Did you try to disable OpenGL (if it it enabled)? Tools -> Options -> LibreOffice -> View -> Graphics Output: Disable "Use Hardware acceleration" and "Use OpenGL for all rendering" – tohuwawohu Jul 4 '16 at 7:51
  • Thank you. I just did, but Libreoffice crashed again (still shutting the desktop session down and bringing me to the login screen). I also increased the allocated memory (Options -> Tools -> Memory) from 20Mb to 300Mb for Libreoffice and from 5.2Mb to 20Mb for each Object. After another crash I tried to check the box "use Libreoffice dialog windows" in Tools->General . But then it crashed again. Remark that I make these tests with very small files: a Writer file and an Impress file. Crashes seem to happen when I use dialog windows, i.e. resizing or changing color of an Impress element. – Francesco Uboldi Jul 5 '16 at 12:43
  • i add that dialog windows are drawn quite slowly. After a crash, the recovery window appears (slowly), but choosing "recovery" results in an immediate crash. – Francesco Uboldi Jul 5 '16 at 12:46
  • Aww - quite bad situation! I fear the best thing you can do is filing a bug on launchpad, adding as much log file info / terminal output and hardware config as possible (see this bug report, for example). I'm very sorry about this! – tohuwawohu Jul 5 '16 at 12:51
  • Finally I decided to reinstall the whole system - So installed just MATE, this time. Libreoffice comes with the MATE installation, and it seems to work. Thank you again – Francesco Uboldi Jul 7 '16 at 5:45
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So far how I could solve it was by downgrading libreoffice to a previous version. For that I followed this answer: How to "properly" downgrade LibreOffice versions suggested by Cipricus.

I installed version 5.1.1 and it seems to work better.

  • Thank you. Finally I decided to reinstall the whole system - So installed just MATE, this time. Libreoffice comes with the MATE installation, and now it seems to work. – Francesco Uboldi Jul 7 '16 at 5:45
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I removed Libreoffice and installed Openoffice instead, it works fine for me. I'll keep using Openoffice until an update for Libreoffice that fixes the problem will be released.

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    The OP is asking how to fix it with libreoffice, not install OpenOffice. – fosslinux Jul 20 '16 at 4:06

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