LibreOffice 3.5 was released few days back with loads of features and improvements. Most bragged about feature should be capability to read visio diagrams. You can read the full list of features here. And here are some interesting features:
Better UI for header/footer handling. Easily add header or footers. Quickly see what is edited with new changing text boundaries. Quickly edit or remove headers and footers without going through page styles formatting. (Cédric Bosdonnat)
New faster built-in grammar checker for English and several other languages. (László Németh)
New multi-line input bar in Calc. The arrow-control at the end of the toolbar allows to switch this on/off. (Anurag Jain, Noel Power)
Import filter for Microsoft Visio documents. (Fridrich Štrba, Eilidh McAdam, Valek Filippov)
Custom Shapes import was greatly enhanced, many bugs were fixed and new presets implementation added. (Radek Doulik)
Here you can find the cream editor. This is basically vim editor with lots of customizations thus making it simpler for the users to use the editor directly.
This version already has the bash and perl support plugins and thus you can start using them as IDE without the need to add any plugins. It has a simple and advanced mode. In the simple mode you need not worry about all the modes of the vi/vim editor. How cool is that 🙂