LibreOffice 6.3, already in testing, drops support for 32-bit distributions

LibreOffice 6.3beta1

The Document Foundation announced this afternoon the launch of the first beta of LibreOffice 6.3. Available for Linux, macOS and Windows, this will be the third major update in the 6 series of the famous office suite that is installed by default in Ubuntu and many other Linux operating systems. The development of this version began in November of last year and will be officially released in mid-August of this year.

La News list that will arrive with LibreOffice 6.3 is long, but I think one of the most prominent is that will drop support for 32-bit Linux operating systems. This is not good news for everyone who still has a resource-limited computer running Linux, as it will no longer receive new features. They will continue to receive security updates as long as new vulnerabilities are discovered. What will not be possible is to install v6.3.

LibreOffice 6.3 will arrive in mid-August

This first beta of LibreOffice 6.3 is the second test version of the 6.3 series, since the first was the Alpha launched in November. What is coming next is a second beta in June and three Release Candiadates (RC) in July. If there are no surprises, the End Of Life (EOL) of this version will arrive with the release of LibreOffice 6.3.6.

The Document Foundation says that this version of LibreOffice can be used together with the existing installation of our system operational. If you are interested in trying it, you can download this version from its download web page. Ubuntu users or any other Debian-based operating system can download their DEB packages from this link.

When the launch is official, The Document Foundation will not recommend LibreOffice 6.3 in work teams, something that usually does not do until they reach the fourth or fifth update of the same. Instead they will recommend v6.2.4, Now available, or v6.2.5 that has not yet been released. If you try the new version, do not hesitate to leave your experiences in the comments.

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