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Sunday, December 11, 2011

LibreOffice in Ubuntu

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LibreOffice (pronounced /ˌliː.brəˈɒ.fɪs/) is a free and open source office suite developed by The Document Foundation as a fork of It is largely compatible with other major office suites, including Microsoft Office, and available on a variety of platforms. Its developers' goal is to produce a vendor-independent office suite with ODF file support, accessible to anyone and led by developers which do not have to sign their name to the product.
LibreOffice is a hybrid word, meaning "Free Office". Libre means free (as in freedom) in French and Spanish.
LibreOffice has been downloaded approximately 7.5 million times since its first stable launch in January 2011.[4] It is the default office suite in many Linux distributions, such as Fedora,[5] Linux Mint,[6] openSUSE,[7] and Ubuntu.[8]
LibreOffice can be run on Microsoft Windows 2000 (with Service Pack 4 or newer) or newer, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or newer, and Linux-based systems running Linux kernel version 2.6.18 or newer.[1] Ports for FreeBSD and OpenBSD are being maintained by contributors to those projects, respectively.[9]
Easily testing the latest builds of OpenOffice-fork LibreOffice in Ubuntu is now a cinch using the dedicated LibreOffice packaging PPA for Ubuntu users.
Bye bye .deb downloading
Up until now users have had to install via the oh-so-not-so-painful task of downloading a bunch of .debs files. This manual approach to installing updates has meant many users are running older versions, unaware of subsequent releases.
Adding a PPA ensures you are notified of pending updates whilst also offering the advantage of being able to upgrade easily.
Better still adding the LibreOffice PPA won’t affect OpenOffice (if installed) so feel free to take it for a test sans undue stress.
The PPA provides packages for Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04 users.
To add the PPA and install LibreOffice add ‘ppa:libreoffice/ppa’ to your software sources or run the command below in a new Terminal session: -
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libreoffice
Now to make it appear a tad nicer under your desktop environment of choice: -
Ubuntu users should run
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome
Kubuntu users should run: -
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-kde

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