• LibreOffice
    2 minutes • 2011-04-21
    LibreOffice Auto Update

    We all knew it was coming. Ever since Oracle took an astounding turn towards the non-community orientation of OpenOffice, a lot of users on the Internet were curious (and concerned) as to what will happen with the whole OpenOffice saga.

    Thankfully the project was forked and LibreOffice was born. Within a few months the same (and better) quality product was released for the community. As the project entered its alpha stage, then the beta stage and then the RC stages, I was waiting anxiously to install it on my notebook (which is running Ubuntu 10.10 at the moment).

    A couple of months ago, I was finally happy with the package and the release, so I downloaded it on my notebook and started the installation. I don’t have a problem with getting my hands dirty and working with the command prompt, but I am lazy - so I want my packages to update easily (say though the package manager). At the time I could not use the package manager, so it was all terminal work :)

    The installation was pretty easy using the dpkg command. I run literally two commands and the application was installed :)

    There was a recent announcement about OpenOffice from Oracle. I posted a link at HackerNews for an article I read in MarketWire, regarding this “Oracle to move OpenOffice.org to a Community-Based Project”. Unfortunately the link does not work any more. In short:

    OpenOffice is dead, long live LibreOffice

    Time for me to start getting serious about updating LibreOffice.

    First of all I wanted to make sure that I did not have any cruft remaining from OpenOffice on my system.

    sudo apt-get remove openoffice*.*

    Surprisingly there were some packages that were still there.

    The second step was to uninstall the current version of LibreOffice

    sudo apt-get remove libreoffice*.*

    And now comes the easy part. I am going to use a PPA, to ensure that I will get notified about pending updates and upgrade easily. To do so all I had to do was run the following commands on a terminal window:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa


    Executing: gpg --ignore-time-conflict --no-options --no-default-keyring
    --secret-keyring /etc/apt/secring.gpg --trustdb-name /etc/apt/trustdb.gpg
    --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --primary-keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg
    --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 36E81C9267FD1383FCC4490983FBA1751378B444gpg:
    requesting key 1378B444 from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com
    gpg: key 1378B444: public key "Launchpad PPA for LibreOffice Packaging" imported
    gpg: no ultimately trusted keys found
    gpg: Total number processed: 1
    gpg:               imported: 1  (RSA: 1)

    Then update the packages again:

    sudo apt-get update

    And now install LibreOffice:

    sudo apt-get install libreoffice
    sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome

    Note: KUbuntu users will need to run

    sudo apt-get install libreoffice-kde

    For those that prefer the graphical interface, all you will have to do is add ppa:libreoffice/ppa to your software sources.

    Enjoy your LibreOffice installation!

Nikolaos Dimopoulos
Nikolaos Dimopoulos

Boldly goes where no other coder has gone before.... and other ramblings