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27 December 2010, 10:53

LibreOffice RC2 now available

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The second release candidate of the Document Foundation's fork of OpenOffice, LibreOffice, has been made available and announced in the Document Foundation's blog. In the announcement, the developers say the release is "beta quality software", ask for users to play with it so they can test and give feedback, and list over 80 individuals who have contributed to development between the third beta and current release candidate.

LibreOffice forked from the office suite following Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems, holders of the copyright of the code and trademarks, and primary sponsors of the project. Since the launch of the Document Foundation in September and the creation of the community developed fork that is LibreOffice, the developers have been rebranding the office suite with its new name and incorporating a number of improvements and major fixes.

A detailed list of these is available in the changelog file; these include merging "cherry-picked" changes from OpenOffice, performance improvements, updated translations, corrected URLs and improvements to the build process. LibreOffice 3.3 RC2 is, as with most development releases, not intended for production use, but is available to download for Windows, Linux and MacOS X or as source code. According to the download page, an "International version" is available on Windows but only English versions are available for Linux and MacOS X.


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