Stabilization Information on LibreOffice Version 5.0.5

LibreOffice could save your organization time and money

LibreOffice is a free, robust alternative to more expensive office software suites like Microsoft Office. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation program, and more. 

The most recent version, LibreOffice 7, was released in 2020, but many people still use LibreOffice 5, which came out in 2015. In this article, we'll take a closer look at LibreOffice Version 5.0.5.

What to Expect From This Stable Version

Version 5.0.5 is the "still version," which is different than previous versions, such as the "fresh version."

If you are new to how LibreOffice rolls out updates, it may be worth learning the terminology and schedule.

New and Stabilized Features in This Version

The best way to get a feel for what was updated in version 5.0.5 is to visit the community post listings. These are referred to as change logs. For this version, search through both RC1 and RC2.

Another Refresh can be found on The Document Foundation's LibreOffice website.

For the release of Version 5.0.5 in 2015, The Document Foundation announced on its blog:

We have also reorganized contents, to simplify the navigation. We now have a menu bar with the following items: Foundation (Statutes, Financials and Affiliations), Governance (Foundation Bodies and History), Community, Certification, Get Help (Professional Support) and Contacts. With the overhaul of the TDF website, we have now renovated all project's web properties.

New to LibreOffice? Here's How to Try It for Free

LibreOffice is free to download, even if you plan on doing so for many computers in your organization. You can download the software on the LibreOffice download page.

A Note on Large Software Deployments

Switching from other office software brands to LibreOffice can be tricky when endeavored on a large scale. For that reason, The Document Foundation suggests you take advantage of its network of certified migration professionals. These are consultants, trainers, and other helpful teams you can reach out to in order to avoid as many hiccups as possible.

Find these resources on the LibreOffice Professional Support site. (Search for "Professional Level 3 support offerings.") If you are interested in setting up an extended support plan, check out LibreOffice Long Term Support options.

Is LibreOffice Really Free?

The Document Foundation offers its software for free but asks for support from those who can. Here's a statement from their blog:

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org. They can also buy LibreOffice merchandise from the brand new project shop: http://documentfoundation.spreadshirt.net/.
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