We all knew it was coming. Ever since Oracle took a really surprising 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 but you might be able to read a bit about the subject here. 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!