LibreOffice 6.3 enters beta phase, no 32-bit support

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The Document Foundation announced the Availability of the public beta of its next LibreOffice 6.3 release for all supported platforms.

The third major update in the LibreOffice 6 series, LibreOffice 6.3, will arrive this summer with a new layer of performance enhancements as well as new features. Development for LibreOffice 6.3 started last November and the beta version is now available for public testing.

«LibreOffice 6.3 will be released as a final version in mid-August 2019, with LibreOffice 6.3 Beta 1 being the second pre-release since development began in mid-November 2018, since LibreOffice 6.3 Alpha 1, 683 changes have been sent to the repository and 141 bugs have been fixed.”It is mentioned in the ad.

LibreOffice 6.3 will no longer have 32-bit support

In addition to the improvements and news, LibreOffice 6.3 comes with an important change for all users, support for 32-bit GNU / Linux distributions has been removed, so there will only be a 64-bit download.

Although The Document Foundation clarified that 32-bit support will not be removed, if you have LibreOffice installed on your 32-bit distribution, you will still receive updates for that version, but you will not be able to have LibreOffice 6.3, which will arrive in August 2019.

Until now, the LibreOffice 6.3 development cycle will continue with a second beta release at the end of June, then three final candidates (RC) in July. LibreOffice 6.3 will have six maintenance updates until it reaches the end of its life on May 29, 2020.

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  1.   Jesus Ramirez said

    I do not understand in leaving aside the support for 32 bits ??. It is understood that technology advances and today 64-bit equipment is what is sold in the market; but unfortunately there are still many countries in which its inhabitants have a 32-bit personal and family PC (as in my case, Venezuela), and in which changing or buying a PC with new technology is highly expensive and when I say HIGHLY expensive, I mean, saving your monthly pay for a whole year without spending a penny would not even be enough to buy a mouse. So, with these decisions that are made, to put this technology aside, they are affecting a community of users in developing countries, on the outside, although I know that many will say that 32 bits is from prehistory. But haven't Linux distributions been developed to make these "prehistoric" machines work? Then why are they trying to force users to change technology due to a "blessed" programmed obsolescence? Are they trying to convert to LINUX in another ANDROID, where you need new generation equipment to be able to use an X application ?. An office application like LibreOffice is very important on a PC, why now do they want to leave us without it? ... I really don't understand it, so much so that we CACAREAM from microsoft this and microsoft the other, and it turns out that this company STILL maintains its most recent versions of Microsoft Office for 32 bits… perhaps we will have to migrate to GÜINDOUS, because LINUX is becoming ELITESCO ???

    1.    pablinux said

      Hello. I think you are quite right. Software like this should continue to offer support until there are practically no 32-bit machines left. Abandoning versions is not planned obsolescence, but less work. They focus on fewer versions and can develop more and better. But it is true that some are lazier than others.

      A greeting.