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Friday, December 9, 2011

LibreOffice 3.3 on Linux Mint

LibreOffice is now available in LaunchPad PPA.
Installing LibreOffice using this method completely removes from Linux Mint. You should backup all your custom templates, since purging completely deletes them. The spellchecker and the language support packages are also removed.
First you should remove by entering in the Terminal:
sudo apt-get purge openoffice*.*
To install LibreOffice, run the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libreoffice
For better compatibility with your desktop environment, you should install one more package:
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-kde
To reinstall the English language support you can use:
sudo apt-get install language-support-en
For other languages just change en to something else, like ro for Romanian or fr for French.
Tested on Linux Mint 9 and on Linux Mint 10 and there are no issues. You will notice that LibreOffice 3.3 launches faster than 3.2 and the apps can be launched from the Mint Menu, from the ¨Office¨ category.
Please note that you may need to install some extensions from the official extensions repository, like a spell checker or a specific language pack. After installing some extension you should close LibreOffice and open it again to use the extension.
The keyboard shortcuts for should work with LibreOffice. For LibreOffice Calc you can enable the legacy shortcuts from the Tools > Options > Compatibility (key bindings) by replacing the default one.

Tags: LibreOffice PPA Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick 10.04 Lucid
Created: 10 months ago.

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