[Libreoffice] [Libreoffice-qa] End of the line for 3.3 family and regressions

Petr Mladek pmladek at suse.cz
Mon Dec 12 10:16:57 PST 2011

Pedro Lino píše v Po 12. 12. 2011 v 15:46 +0000:
> Hi Petr
> > IMHO, community can't support too many stable versions. Customers who
> > need it, have to pay someone for it. We should leave 3.3 and concentrate
> > on making 3.5 the best release ever.
> I couldn't agree more. But someone made up this concept of "rock
> solid" and "Enterprise ready". To make things more confusing there are
> two versions on the download page that are "Enterprise ready"

Sigh, I wonder where the "Enterprise ready" moto started :-)

Anyway, both versions should be on the same level of stability and
usability now. It means that both version should be usable by most users
for most tasks. Of course, there are bugs in both versions. Some bugs
are fixed in 3.4 and were not backported to 3.3. Also there are some new
bugs in 3.4. But this evolution is normal for any software.

I guess that we will soon remove 3.3 from the download page to make
space for 3.5 on mirrors. Also we will not longer fix security bugs
there, so once there is a security bug, people will need to switch to
LO-3.4 or 3.5.

Note that LO actually has longer support. The older project released
3.0.0, 3.0.1, 3.1.0, 3.1.0, 3.1.1, 3.2.0, 3.2.1 in a row. People were
forced to update from 3.1.1 to 3.2.0 immediately if 3.2.0 included a
security fix.

>  and there isn't anyone who can say which are the differences and which one
> should companies adopt...
> E.g.
> http://nabble.documentfoundation.org/Differences-between-LibreOffice-3-3-and-3-4-tt3518436.html

The most interesting differences are summarized at

> Currently there are two "rock solid" versions. And you can see from
> the comments at the forum that many people (and companies) were
> sticking with version 3.3.x just to be on the safe side (maybe that is
> why there are not more bug reports for 3.4.4?)

It might take some time until people understand the new release model. I
am sure that they will get better picture and see the pattern with 3.5

> I'm not in panic. I was just sharing my concern. If you guys aren't
> worried why should I be?

It is great that you take care of the project. I am sure that there are
things that needs improvement. For example, we might improve wording in
the release notes. If you have any idea, share it :-)

Best Regards,

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