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
- the ability to import and work with SVG graphics files
- easier formatting and navigation tools when using Writer
- bundled extensions for importing PDFs, making slide-show presentations and other tasks.
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.
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