Red Hat abandons LibreOffice: RHEL will no longer include it in the future
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Red Hat abandons LibreOffice: RHEL will no longer include it in the future.
Red Hat has decided that they will reduce their work on desktop applications and will stop shipping LibreOffice as part of a future Red Hat Enterprise Linux release (presumably RHEL10).
This also limits Red Hat’s participation in Fedora’s LibreOffice packaging effort, and it is hoped that the Flatpak version of LibreOffice will fill the void.
According to Red Hat employee and GNOME developer Matthias Clasen , the LibreOffice RPM has been abandoned by Red Hat and has decided to stop releasing LibreOffice in RHEL in the future and limit the scope of their contributions to Fedora.
Red Hat’s Display Systems team has been working on Wayland improvements, HDR support on the Linux desktop, and other critical work to benefit workstation users.
However, the “tradeoff” of focusing on this is that they will give up less desktop application work and stop shipping LibreOffice as part of RHEL starting with a future RHE release.
This also limits their ability to maintain LibreOffice in future releases of Fedora.
Clasen stated that they will still maintain LibreOffice in RHEL 7/8/9 and make necessary security fixes during the lifetime of those versions.
They will also work on making some improvements upstream to LibreOffice to ensure it works better as a Flatpak.