Not LibreOffice too? Beloved open-source suite latest to fall victim to the curse of Catalina

Move to trash? Or cancel? There are more options in this version of macOS, but it is still a PITA

  The two options presented to potential LibreOffice users: Cancel or Move to bin

LibreOffice has problems installing in Catalina

Users who download and Trying to run LibreOffice on the new macOS Catalina are presented with two options: "Move to bin" or "Cancel".

Given the warning that the developer cannot be verified, expert users will know that there should be more options, and there are. If you cancel the dialog box, you can go to Security and Privacy in Preferences, where there is an option next to the application locked to "Open anyway". Then you receive another warning message, but this time with an option to risk and open. The good news is that you only need to do this once, but it is a considerable nuisance.

Apple reminded developers earlier this month that applications must be notarized to run in Catalina. "In June, we announced that all Mac software distributed outside the Mac App Store must be notarized by Apple in order to run by default in macOS Catalina. Be sure to test all versions of your software in the MacOS Catalina GM seed and send it Apple must be notarized. "

Notary is a process by which applications are first signed with a developer certificate and then sent to Apple. Apple verifies it for security and then adds a virtual ticket to the executable that approves it for Gatekeeper, the macOS security feature that verifies that applications are safe to run.

However, the LibreOffice team says that "it has duly followed the instructions" and that LibreOffice 6.3.x "has been notarized by Apple."

The project has published information on how to solve the problem, adding: "We will try to solve the problem with Apple, to avoid similar problems in the future with macOS Catalina".

LibreOffice is not the only open source project that suffers at the hands of Catalina. The GIMP image editing application also has problems, as it gives permission errors when trying to access files in locations such as Desktop and Documents. What should happen is that macOS asks for permission, but this dialog is not being activated. An alternative solution is to run GIMP from the Terminal, visiting any required folder from the command line before starting the application. The thread referred to above has more details.

  GIMP permission errors in Catalina

GIMP permission errors in Catalina

Although reinforcing security is a good thing, the majority of messages generated by Catalina, also known as macOS 10.15, are not just annoying , but it also puts users at risk of dialogue fatigue, where they get so used to giving harmless applications permission that they also instinctively approve warnings that should not be ignored.

Not only does the open source community have problems with Catalina. See here examples of the hoops you have to skip for your Logitech Options application (which configures the mouse and keyboard) to work fully in the latest version of macOS.

Does everything work well in Mojave or High Sierra? It may be convenient to postpone the update to Catalina while Apple and software developers adjust things to reduce discomfort without compromising security. ®

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