LibreOffice RC1 tips up

Moving swiftly towards a final product, LibreOffice 3.3 Release Candidate 1 is now available for download.

LibreOffice is a free 'productivity' suite spun off from OpenOffice, and compatible with other major office suites like Microsoft Office, OpenOffice and ThinkFree Office. LibreOffice is available for a variety of operating systems.

Much of the erstwhile Openoffice.org coding team bailed out from the Sun Microsystems project to set up a new, independent organisation after Sun was swallowed up by Oracle.

The Foundation says its mission is to facilitate the evolution of the OpenOffice.org community into a new open, independent, and meritocratic organisational structure over the next few months.

LibreOffice has some 'known issues', and potential users are advised to read the release notes for a list of possible pitfalls before diving in.

LibreOffice 3.3 Release Candidate 1 Release Candidate 1 can be downloaded from here.