LibreOffice Development On Track, New Beta Version Released

The Document Foundation has dished out a new version of OpenOffice offshoot LibreOffice a week after Oracle revealed that it plans to stop offering commercial version of the OpenOffice productivity suite.

The organisation released the second beta of the LibreOffice 3.4 productivity suite with a warning that the offering was not ready for commercial use and advised users to continue using LibreOffice 3.3.2.

The Document Foundation, which has the backing of companies like Red Hat and Google, started the LibreOffice platform when it became clear that Oracle won’t do anything for the OpenOffice community and the open source community in general, reports Network World.

Oracle had announced last week that it plans to move OpenOffice in a community based setting but was unclear whether it would establish an open source organisation for OpenOffice.

Meanwhile, the Document Foundation announced that it had begun accepting applications for community memberships.

“Everyone involved in LibreOffice and wanting to contribute also in the future is invited to request membership. It is not necessary to do so in order to be part of the Community, but approved members will have the right to vote on the various seats and roles within the Foundation,” the Document Foundation said.