How to remove Open Office and install Libre Office – Ubuntu

published January 25th, 2011 | categories: Headline, how-to, Informational, Installing, Linux Distributions, Ubuntu | all categories

Since Oracle bought out Sun Java, the Open-Source community has been up in arms about the fate of their most beloved FOSS products, namely Open Office and MySQL. Many months ago, a fork was created from Open Office to ensure the continued availability of the software; it’s name: Libre Office. Today, Libre Office announced that their first stable release v.3.3 is now available for download. If you would like to help out the community effort and start using Libre Office, here is what you do. Wait! Before you get started, I just wanted to mention that Libre Office is supposed to be included in the newest Ubuntu v.11.04 if you want to wait. If you are still working on the Ubuntu v.10.04LTS, these instructions are for you.

If you want to start by removing OpenOffice completely, enter the following line in Terminal. Otherwise, skip this step.

sudo apt-get remove openoffice*.*

Next, install the software. You have two primary installation methods. You can install the ppa, or use my local WA state Ubuntu Lucid mirror

Install using a WA state mirror

Add the following software source to your /etc/apt/sources.list then install

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 1378B444
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-common libreoffice-gnome libreoffice

Install using the PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome

Additional install variations include:

sudo apt-get install libreoffice
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-kde

New Features in Libre Office


I am not a heavy office suite user. Most of my documents are created in Google Docs. However, if Libre or Open Office is too heavy on system requirements for you, there are alternatives. Instead of an entire suite of products, I usually have Abiword and Gnumeric installed. They do a fine job for creating and editing documents and spreadsheets.

LibreOffice installed on Lucid


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