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Hi :)
So, at last there is a new branch full of exciting or interesting new
features! :)) (just in time for Xmas)  Of course adding new stuff
could mean increasing the potential for unexpected side-effects but
most people will find no troubles, and plenty of benefit, to using the
new branch even at this early stage.

For a lot of us it would be good to test-drive on 1 machine and try to
find something to grumble about in (a) bug-report(s) before rolling
out (maybe a future version of) the branch.

LO & AOO are written to be highly secure against malware anyway so
there are unlikely to be any security issues that anyone would have
wanted to deal with.  So we don't need to upgrade swiftly, it's just
nice to get those extra features sometimes.

Most of us will be sticking with later releases in older branches to
avoid having any worries about potential new issues.

As a (possibly bad) example i've quite a few machines on 3.5.7 (on the
Ubuntu side of dual-boot machines) and 4.0.5 on the Windows side.  On
my own (well, the work's one i usually use) i have the 4.1.2 which is
a little early in the cycle but has turned out to be very stable
anyway.  This is the machine i hope to upgrade to the 4.2.0 but only
after the last couple of edits to polish-off 'my' company newsletter.

Regards from
Tom :)

On 20 December 2013 00:12, Christian Lohmaier <> wrote:
Dear Community,

The Document Foundation is pleased to announce the first release
candidate of LibreOffice 4.2.0. The upcoming 4.2.0 will bring new
features and lots of bugfixes. Check out for an
(incomplete and work-in-progress) list of the new features.
Please be aware that LibreOffice 4.2.0 RC1 is not been flagged as ready
for production use yet, you should continue to use LibreOffice 4.1.4 for that.

The release is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X from our QA
builds download page at

LibreOffice 4.2.0 RC1 is also available in a 64bit version for Mac OS
X 10.8 (or newer)

Developers and QA might also be interested in the symbol server for
windows debug information (see the release notes linked below for

Should you find bugs, please report them to the FreeDesktop Bugzilla:

A good way to assess the release candidate quality is to run some
specific manual tests on it, our TCM wiki page has more details:

For other ways to get involved with this exciting project - you can
e.g. contribute code:

translate LibreOffice to your language:

or help with funding our operations:

A list of known issues and fixed bugs with 4.2.0 RC1 is available
from our wiki:

Let us close again with a BIG Thank You! to all of you having
contributed to the LibreOffice project - this release would not have
been possible without your help.

On behalf of the Community,


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