The Document Foundation (TDF) has announced the release of version 3.4.2 of the open source LibreOffice office suite. According to TDF Steering Committee member Italo Vignoli, the third release in the 3.4.x branch of LibreOffice is now ready for both individuals and enterprises, and can be used for production.
Vignoli says that 3.4.2 is the result of the “combined activity of 300 contributors having made more than 23,000 commits, with the addition, deletion or modification of around five million lines of code”. SUSE and Oracle have each provided approximately 25% of the total commits. New individual volunteers accounted for another 25%, while 20% came from RedHat; the remaining contributions came from Canonical and other companies.
Further information about the release, including a full list of new features, can be found in the release notes and on the 3.4 New Features and Fixes page.
The fork of OpenOffice was a good thing for those who switched to LibreOffice. OpenOffice remains frozen with an incompletely released version 3.3. While I assume IBM is facilitating some development, Oracle clearly isn’t, as there are no newer release candidates on the OpenOffice site.
Meanwhile LibreOffice cleans up the code and adds features at a great pace. In particular, I appreciate the improved file format support, and the better on-screen display for some fonts, such as Free Serif.
I really appreciate all this effort, and think it is marvelous that so many new people are helping out.