Product Release/Builds FAQ
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Product Releases - Builds FAQ
What are software builds?
For an overview of how software is built, please see Wikipedia
What are the various builds of OOo and what are they for?
|Name||What is it||Who is it for||Who is it not for||Cautions / Installation|
|Developer Snapshot||The very latest 'work in progress' build of AOO||Used by developers and testers to check code changes are performing as expected||Everyday users||Only available in English (US). May contain significant bugs; may not save files correctly (and so may corrupt existing files)|
|Beta||An early view of the next major release of AOO. A beta has all the features of the new release, but may still contain significant bugs||Reviewers, enthusiasts, testers||Everyday users||By default installs alongside the stable version of AOO. May not save files correctly after use (and so may corrupt existing files)|
|Release Candidate||Intended to be the next stable release. If no show-stopper bugs are found, this will simply become the next version of AOO||Testers, translators, documentation writers, reviewers…||Users wanting a fully tested product||By installation, this overwrites the current version of AOO installed on a PC. For parallel installation, read this.|
|Stable / Final Release||AOO tested and ready for production use, identified by a unique version number||Everyday use in a wide variety of languages|
What builds are available?
- New builds are announced by the QA project - this information is also available as an RSS feed.
- There's also a record of all builds
- And information on planned releases
Where can I find these builds?
- The primary source for downloads is https://www.openoffice.org/download/index.html
- Note that old builds are regularly dropped from servers to make room for the newer builds
How can I help in the testing process?
See the Quality Assurance pages, and/or ask at your native language project.