Monday, December 31, 2012

Install LibreOffice in Ubuntu Precise: Easy way

On my primary production machine, I have Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon and it has LibreOffice 3.5 as the main office application. Whereas LibreOffice has already moved ahead to Even Ubuntu Quantal repo has build. Today I thought of experimenting with LibreOffice and install the latest available version from LibreOffice website. I downloaded the LibreOffice for Ubuntu from LibreOffice download and unzipped the .deb files to a folder.

Then first thing I did is un-install the previous version via terminal using the command:

$sudo apt-get remove libreoffice-writer libreoffice-calc libreoffice-base libreoffice-impress libreoffice-draw libreoffice-core

Once the previous version is completely uninstalled, please follow the instruction directly from the read-me file:

"When you unpack the downloaded archive, you will see that the contents have been decompressed into a sub-directory. Open a file manager window, and change directory to the one starting with "LibO_", followed by the version number and some platform information.

This directory contains a subdirectory called "DEBS". Change directory to the "DEBS" directory.

Right-click within the directory and choose "Open in Terminal". A terminal window will open. From the command line of the terminal window, enter the following command (you will be prompted to enter your root user's password before the command will execute):

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

The above dpkg command does the first part of the installation process. To complete the process, you also need to install the desktop integration packages. To do this, change directory to the "desktop-integration" directory that is within the "DEBS" directory, using the following command:

cd desktop-integration

Now run the dpkg command again:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

The installation process is now completed, and you should have icons for all the LibreOffice applications in your desktop's Applications/Office menu

Installation ran smoothly and within 5-7 minutes, my updated LibreOffice suite was ready. Post installation, I just ran a system update to ensure everything is alright.


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