LibreOffice 3.4 nears enterprise-ready state

The Document Foundation has announced the second release in the LibreOffice 3.4 series, bringing it one step closer to being ready for mainstream use by enterprises around the globe.

LibreOffice, born when a large proportion of the OpenOffice.org community got tired of Oracle's draconian control of the project and quit, is proving popular in the open-source world. The last official stable release, LibreOffice 3.3.3, has become the default productivity suite in several major Linux distributions.

It's missing some of the features required of a modern office package, however. With the project's maintainers concentrating on creating a stable, bug-free fork of the OpenOffice.org codebase, there hasn't been much room for innovation.

That's where the 3.4 branch comes in. Designed to offer improvements to the functionality of the software rather than just its stability, LibreOffice 3.4 offers an improved user experience for those who don't need a guarantee of stability.

The first release in the branch was, as you might expect, a little buggy. Today's launch, LibreOffice 3.4.1, aims to fix those bugs and bring the branch's stability closer to that of its well-tested predecessor. It also marks the last release before The Document Foundation declares the software ready for enterprise deployment and marks the end of the 3.3 branch.

"Large enterprises deploying LibreOffice on desktop PCs are still recommended to deploy LibreOffice 3.3.3, which has been tested over several months by thousands of people worldwide," explained Foundation member Italo Vignoli in a statement to press. "LibreOffice 3.4.2, available at the end of July, will target enterprise deployments."

For those unwilling to wait a month, LibreOffice 3.4.1 is available for immediate download.