[Libreoffice-qa] Fwd: [tdf-announce] The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.6 with a wealth of new features and improvements

Timur Gadzo gtimur at gmail.com
Thu Aug 9 06:27:04 PDT 2012


I find that there should be an explanation in MAB 3.6. when exactly
will fixes for bugs resolved in "LibreOffice 3.5 most annoying bugs"
be included in LO 3.6.
It is clear that at the beginning bugs list should contain only bugs
which are *new* in LibreOffice 3.6, but at some time, while some fixes
from MAB 3.5 are integrated in the code, there is a decision on what
to do with the remaining unfixed bugs from a branch (3.5).

The point is: a corporate user who wants to use 3.6 only when it has
all those fixed bugs in the code should now when to use it.
"[tdf-announce] The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.6 .."
says "More conservative users should stick with LibreOffice 3.5.". It
should be explained until when.
Is it at some specific version, or when a line reaches Recommended
part of  3.6 at

Timur Gadzo

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Florian Effenberger <floeff at documentfoundation.org>
Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:24:47 +0200
Subject: [tdf-announce] The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice
3.6 with a wealth of new features and improvements
To: announce at documentfoundation.org

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.6 with a wealth of new
features and improvements

Berlin, August 8, 2012 - The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice
3.6, the fourth major release of the best free office suite ever, which
provides a large number of new features and incremental improvement over
the previous versions. Innovations range from invisible features such as
improved performance and interoperability to the more visible ones such
as user interface tweaks, where theming has improved to more closely
match current design best-practice. A full list with screenshots is
available here:
http://www.libreoffice.org/download/3-6-new-features-and-fixes, because
a picture says more than a thousand words.

Wherever you look you see improvements: a new CorelDRAW importer,
integration with Alfresco via the CMIS protocol and limited SharePoint
integration, color-scales and data-bars in spreadsheet cells, PDF export
watermarking, improved auto-format function for tables in text
documents,, high quality image scaling, Microsoft SmartArt import for
text documents, and improved CSV handling. In addition, there is a lot
of contributions from the design team: a cleaner look, especially on
Windows PCs, beautiful new presentation master pages, and a new splash

LibreOffice is becoming increasingly popular in corporate environments.
During the last months, several large public bodies have announced their
migration to the free office suite: the Capital Region of Denmark, the
cities of Limerick in Ireland, Grygov in the Czech Republic, Las Palmas
in Spain, the City of Largo in Florida, the municipality of
Pilea-Hortiatis in Greece, and the Public Library System of Chicago.

Dave Richards of the City of Largo has commented about the new release
on his blog: "I have been testing LibreOffice 3.6 and am happy to see
the progress. At this time all of our showstoppers are fixed and we
probably will upgrade almost immediately when it's released. Nice work.
CMIS is shaping up nicely. I'll be looking at 3.7 when it appears in the
daily builds".

In France, the MIMO Working Group - the ministries of Agriculture,
Culture and Communication, Defence, Education, Energy, Finance Interior
and Justice - with a total of 500.000 end users, has certified
LibreOffice for deployment on every desktop. At the same time, the OSB
Alliance joined the efforts of German and Swiss cities and communities
sponsoring development on the LibreOffice codebase.

Corporate users are joining consumers who quickly switched to
LibreOffice. Giorgio Buccellati, Professor Emeritus of History and Near
Eastern Languages at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles),
says: "LibreOffice is wonderful software. I am an avid user of the
Hybrid PDF feature, which allows to exchange PDF files with all other
users while preserving the possibility of editing the same document like
a native file".

LibreOffice 3.6 has been developed by the growing community of hackers
gathered around The Document Foundation, thanks to a friendly and
welcoming environment, and the compelling Free Software ethos. The
community has surpassed the threshold of five hundred developers
providing new features and patches since the announcement of the project
on September 28, 2010.

According to Ohloh, LibreOffice is the third largest developer community
focusing on free software applications, after Google Chrome and Mozilla
Firefox, and the largest to be independent from a single corporate
sponsor. This result has been achieved in less than two years, and is
now a benchmark for free software projects.

The Document Foundation invites power users, able to help iron out any
final wrinkles, to read the release notes carefully, install LibreOffice
3.6.0, and report any problems.  More conservative users should stick
with LibreOffice 3.5. Corporate users are strongly advised to deploy
LibreOffice with the backing of professional support, from a company
able to assist with migration, end user training, support and maintenance.

LibreOffice 3.6 is available from: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/

To contribute to the further development of LibreOffice and The Document
Foundation, you can donate at:

Short link to The Document Foundation blog: http://wp.me/p1byPE-j8

About The Document Foundation (TDF)

The Document Foundation is an open, independent, self-governing,
meritocratic organization, which builds on ten years of dedicated work
by the OpenOffice.org Community. TDF was created in the belief that the
culture born of an independent foundation brings out the best in
corporate and volunteer contributors, and will deliver the best free
office suite. TDF is open to any individual who agrees with its core
values and contributes to its activities, and warmly welcomes corporate
participation, e.g. by sponsoring individuals to work as equals
alongside other contributors in the community. As of June 30, 2012, TDF
has 135 members and over a thousand volunteers and contributors worldwide.

Media Contacts

Florian Effenberger (based near Munich, Germany, UTC+1)
    E-mail: floeff at documentfoundation.org

Charles H. Schulz (based in Paris, France, UTC+1)
    E-mail: charles.schulz at documentfoundation.org

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