June 03, 2011, 2:05 PM — The world may be reeling this week from Oracle's bizarre decision to bequeath OpenOffice.org to the Apache Software Foundation rather than the Document Foundation, but that hasn't stopped the latter from rolling out the second major release of its widely adopted LibreOffice contender.
Sure enough, the Document Foundation on Friday announced LibreOffice 3.4.0, a significant update to the free office productivity suite that now incorporates the contributions of more than 120 developers.
LibreOffice 3.4 can be downloaded from http://www.libreoffice.org/download.
The new package has not only gone on to be embraced by the majority of the popular Linux distributions--including Ubuntu, Fedora and Linux Mint--but it has come to include the contributions of six times as many contributors as were involved in its first beta release.
"We care for our developers, and it shows," noted Italo Vignoli, a steering committee member and Document Foundation spokesman. "Our core developers have invented the mechanism of the easy hacks, which makes it simple and enjoyable for volunteer contributors to get to know LibreOffice code, challenging their development skills with basic or elementary tasks."
Newly Improved Features
I use LibreOffice every day as my main word processor and am excited about the features added in LibreOffice 3.4, which is aimed primarily at community members and power users. Here's a rundown of some of the highlights.
1. Updates to Calc