The first release of LibreOffice is now available, and early reviews say the OpenOffice.org fork is better than the original.
“The development effort so far has been reasonably productive,” Ars Technica’s Ryan Paul said. “Contributors have been able to enhance LibreOffice with features that Sun had resisted accepting upstream, including parts of Novell’s popular Go-OOo patch set. The LibreOffice developers have also incorporated significant improvements taken from the OpenOffice.org 3.3, which hasn’t yet been officially released.”
LibreOffice community developers have done a lot of work cleaning up legacy code that made maintaining the office suite difficult. Paul also reported that there’s now support for importing Lotus Word Pro and Microsoft Word files, as well as the ability to import and edit SVG images.
With the backing of Google, Red Hat, Canonical and Novell, LibreOffice appears to be off to a good start.
You can download LibreOffice for Linux, Windows and Mac here.