The Document Foundation announced a slew of fixes in the latest version of LibreOffice productivity suite and said it was ready for the enterprise.
Developers behind LibreOffice have declared the latest
version of the open-source productivity software suite to be enterprise-ready.
The latest release of LibreOffice, version 3.4.2, was
announced by the Document Foundation on Aug. 1. The previous versions were
aimed primarily at early adopters and power users
and were not recommended for
fixes the majority of the most-important bugs identified by users in the
previous version, and can be deployed for production needs by most
enterprises," Italo Vignoli, a member of the Steering Committee, in a post on
The Document Foundation encourages large organizations to
deploy LibreOffice with help from a support partner, who can assess specific
requirements, help with document migration and provide custom fixes for any
Purchasing LibreOffice support from a partner "also provides
enterprises with an indirect means to contribute financially to the project,"
Vignoli said, adding, "thereby funding its development, improving its stability
and accelerating its growth."
The new LibreOffice features the work of some 300 contributors,
including individual developers and teams from Oracle, SuSE, Red Hat, Canonical
and other smaller organizations, according to Vignoli. More than 50 issues have
been fixed in this release, including bugs found in the Calc spreadsheet
program, Impress presentation program and Writer word-processing program.
For password-protected documents, users can now change the
encryption password even when the document is open, according to the new
features page on the LibreOffice Website. LibreOffice also now has initial
support for Unity, the default desktop environment used in Canonical's Ubuntu
The developers continued to build in performance and
stability improvements to make LibreOffice a more efficient version of
OpenOffice. The release features a smaller installation file and quicker
start-up times. For example, 150 duplicated "missing" icons were removed
and 624 localized palette files were removed. Better compression schemes were
used to shrink the Windows installer by more than 300MB and a font-related
memory leak was fixed.
"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
Canonical developer and steering committee member Bjoern Michaelsen.
The Document Foundation was formed 10 months ago by several
members of the OpenOffice.org project after Oracle acquired Sun. The group
formed LibreOffice as a form of OpenOffice
to produce a vendor-independent
office suite supporting the OpenDocument Format. The suite is backed by heavyweights
including Google, Red Hat, Novell and Canonical. LibreOffice is the default
software suite in Ubuntu.
Oracle has since then decided to abandon the commercial
version of the suite and contributed the entire OpenOffice project
Apache Software Foundation.
Oracle and SuSE each
contributed 25 percent of the commits and Red Hat contributed 20 percent,
according to the Document Foundation. "Community volunteers new to the
project" also accounted for another 25 percent of the work, the foundation
Version 3.4.3, due by the end of August, will have more
stability improvements and security fixes, Vignoli said.
Available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, the latest release is now available
for download from the LibreOffice project Website