LibreOffice 4.2.3 RC2 Arrives with Multiple Fixes on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X

A new development version of the best office suite has been made available

The Document Foundation has announced that the second Release Candidate version of LibreOffice 4.2.3 has been released and is now available for download.

The developers from The Document Foundation are not wasting any time and are pushing ahead with the latest branch, 4.2.3. The previous RC version was made available only a couple of weeks ago, and now the second one can be downloaded.

According to the changelog, the second RC version is a little smaller and only features a few fixes. For example, cross-references are broken when copied to other documents or part of the document, an infinite loop inserting pages that occurred when pasting a table into header on first page of page style has been corrected, and the fill character function is now visible if small capital font effect has been turned on.

Also, the incorrect importing of custom text cell format has been fixed, Writer no longer crashes scrolling pages with visible formatting marks, non-standard behavior for Function Mid has been corrected, a CSV export problem with formatted text cells has been fixed, and Area dialog, Color tab, CMYK selection, and Magenta (M) / Yellow (Y) laberl are now displayed in the correct order.

If you are running an Ubuntu-based operating system, you will be able to test the version of LibreOffice as soon as it hits the PPA. In order to install it, you will need to enter a few commands in a terminal (you will need to be root in order for this to work):

sudo apt-get purge libreoffice-core

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-prereleases

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install libreoffice

Be careful, the command above will delete your previous LibreOffice installation, but not your preferences. You can't run two separate versions of LivreOffice at the same time on the same computer. Be sure to remove the PPA when the final version hits the repositories.

The Document Foundation also provides the sources if you want to compile your own version but, as usual, we have to caution you about doing so. It has a lot of dependencies and something is usually bound to go wrong. You would be better off installing from a repository or waiting for a stable version.

Download LibreOffice 4.2.3 RC2 for Linux

Download LibreOffice 4.2.3 RC2 for Windows

Download LibreOffice 4.2.3 RC2 for Mac OS X 

Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.

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