The Document Foundation has announced that the final version for LibreOffice 4.2.4 is now available for all platforms, including Linux.
This is just a maintenance release for the 4.2.x branch and features a moderate number of fixes and changes, but users who have this office suite installed should upgrade as soon as possible.
LibreOffice 4.2.4 is now the most advanced version available from The Document Foundation, but the developers maintain a number of other branches as well. Users will be able to find the 4.1.6, 4.2.3, and 4.2.4 downloads on the official website for some time.
“The software is on stage at LinuxTag in Berlin (Hall 6, Booth D06) and at FISL in Porto Alegre (Booth 36), where the community is proudly showing the latest version of the best free office suite ever.”
“LibreOffice 4.2.4 “Fresh” – the most feature-rich version of the software – is the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 4.2 family and is suited for early adopters willing to leverage a larger number of innovations. For enterprise deployments and for more conservative users, The Document Foundation suggests the more mature LibreOffice 4.1.6 ‘Stable’,” reads the announcement from The Document Foundation.
According to the changelog, an unwanted char background in the numbering char style for the DOC format has been fixed, it's now possible to import PPTX background images with table-name, bullet sizes have been corrected, users can now handle .doc cropping inside groups, a workaround has been implemented for rounding errors that occurred when handling merged cells, the Escape key no longer underscores menus for Unity, the PDF export for cropped SVG files has been fixed, and the default alignment in RTL mode has been fixed.
Also, the font properties are now being exported properly, repeated table layouts are now avoided, support has been added for MSO 2007 SP2 encrypted documents, and BerkeleyDB has been removed from the license text.
If you are running an Ubuntu-based operating system, you will be able to get the new 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 must be root for this to work):
sudo apt-get purge libreoffice-core
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-2
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libreoffice
If you have an older branch of the office suite, it will be deleted and replaced with the new version. More details about this release can be found in the announcement.