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LibreOffice releases version 3.4.2 for enterprise users

Jenny Williams

The "enterprise ready" version of open source office productivity suite LibreOffice has been released by the non-profit organisation that oversees development of the software.

The Document Foundation (TDF) has made LibreOffice version 3.4.2 available for download, advising users that large deployments to be conducted with a TDF partner to assess specific requirements, manage migrations and provide fixes for any issues.

In a statement, TDF said, "Although TDF is happy that 3.4.2, deployed with support from a suitable partner, can be considered "enterprise-ready", it is clearly only one more milestone on our march towards ever greater stability, with the 3.4.3 release to incorporate further stability improvements and security fixes by the end of August."

TDF released LibreOffice version 3.4.0 in June 2011 but advised businesses to wait for the 3.4.1 release.

LibreOffice 3.4.0 was the second major release of the free office suite since LibreOffice became independent from Oracle, and was aimed at community members.

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

TDF said the new 3.4.2 release fixes important bugs identified in previous versions and is a result of 300 contributors and around five million lines of code.

"TDF was born with the aim of evolving the OpenOffice.org code to develop a cleaner and leaner free office suite and, after 10 months, we are right on track to achieve this objective," said Bjoern Michaelsen, a member of the TDF engineering steering committee.

"Of course, with such a large code renovation effort, we are aware of the short-term risk of reduced stability, but this is counter-balanced by the long-term improvement in features, speed and - again - stability."

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

Download LibreOffice 3.4.2 here.


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