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LibreOffice releases 3.4.0 but advises corporations wait for next update

Jenny Williams

The Document Foundation (TDF) has released a new version of LibreOffice but advised businesses to wait for the 3.4.1 release.

LibreOffice 3.4.0 is the second major release of the free office suite since LibreOffice became independent from Oracle. The update is aimed at community members.

"It should not be implemented in a corporate environment," said Italo Vignoli, a steering committee member and a spokesperson for TDF.

"Following its [TDF's] time based release schedule, [] the best releases for such deployments start from x.x.1. Because of this, LibreOffice 3.3.x is going to be maintained for several months to come, until the end of calendar year 2011, for the most conservative users," said Italo Vignoli.

LibreOffice 3.4.0 includes the contributions of over 120 developers.

Michael Meeks, a senior developer working at SUSE, said: "We spend quite a lot of time mentoring new contributors, in order to increase the number of people working on bug fixing, patches and features. This is soon going to be reflected in the quality of the software and the number of new features of future releases."

New features include improved compatibility with Excel spreadsheets and user interface. TDF also said cosmetic changes have been made to the Linux software.

Open source enthusiasts claimed independence for the free office software Openoffice.org from Oracle's Sun Microsystems after 10 years in October 2010.

Sun Microsystems launched the Openoffice.org project in 1990 to create a community-based international office suite, able to run on all major platforms and access all functionality and data using open application programming interfaces and XML.


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