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27 June 2012, 11:22

Second LibreOffice 3.6.0 beta arrives

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LibreOffice logo The LibreOffice project has quietly released a second beta of version 3.6.0 of its open source productivity suite. As usual at this stage, the developers have focused on improving overall stability of the application by fixing nearly 40 bugs found in the previous beta.

These include problems that caused it to crash when accessing some settings, opening some files and applying an AutoFormat to a table, as well as issues with transitions when hardware acceleration is enabled and incorrect word counts. According to the 3.6.0 Release Plan, the UI freeze will go into effect in early July alongside the release of a third and final beta, after which three release candidates are planned. The final version is expected to arrive in late July or early August.

A full list of fixes and changes for the second beta can be found in the release notes; an overview of the major new features planned for 3.6.0 is provided on the project's wiki. LibreOffice 3.6.0 Beta 2 is available from the project's Pre-Releases download page; users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they find.

Sponsored by The Document Foundation, LibreOffice is licensed under the LGPLv3. The current stable release is version 3.5.4 from late May.

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