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For users who want to use OpenOffice.org 3.1 instead of the default 2.4 release. There are different ways to achieve it.

Before installing OpenOffice.org, it is recommended to add the Java support.

Open Terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal).

 sudo apt-get install openoffice.org-java-common

Adding repository (recommended)

Adding a repository is the best way to get the software, since updates can be done easily and quickly.

The added repository in this guide is from the website PPA for OpenOffice.org Scribblers.

 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get upgrade


 sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Then on the source.list add the following lines:

 #OpenOffice.org LP PPA
 deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ppa/ubuntu hardy main
 deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ppa/ubuntu hardy main

Save the file, and close it. Now let us add the signing key, on Terminal.

 sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 247D1CFF 

The signing key is available on the website (PPA for OpenOffice.org Scribblers) and makes the repository secure.

After all that process, you only have to update.

On Terminal,

 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get upgrade

Install the OpenOffice.org updates and you are ready to go. Documentation/OOo3-Repo.png

Downloading from OpenOffice.org

The other way is to download and install packages from the OpenOffice.org site.

Go to:


download the "Linux DEB" (should say GNU/Linux ¬¬) package in your language (let's use English on this one), after downloading around 140 MB then a file named:


should be on your desktop (if using the default configuration from GNU IceCat). Now we prepare a better directory:

 $ sudo mkdir /opt/OOo3

then untar it with:

 $ tar xvzf /path/to/tar/file/OOo_3.0.1_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz
 i.e. $ tar xvzf /home/your_user_name/Desktop/OOo_3.0.1_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz

extracted folder (in the home directory) should be:


move the extracted folder to the prepared directory:

 $ sudo mv /home/your_user_name/OOO300_m15_native_packed-1_en-US.9379 /opt/OOo3/

then we install all the deb files inside the DEBS folder.

 $ cd /opt/OOo3/OOO300_m15_native_packed-1_en-US.9379/DEBS
 $ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

This will install OpenOffice.org 3 on the system. Now for desktop integration, it is necessary to remove the "old" OpenOffice (2.4):

 $ sudo apt-get remove openoffice.org-core

then install the desktop integration file:

 $ cd desktop-integration
 $ sudo dpkg -i openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9376_all.deb

The Office menus will thus be updated.

Once again you're ready to go, enjoy :) Documentation/OOo3-Download.png

Note: I would recommend the repo option over the full download from OpenOffice.org, but the last word is on you.

Work in Progress Libre Office documentation

There may be some documentation that can be added here to help us install Libre Office by the Document Foundation. Noticed it was mentioned on the mailing list at http://lists.nongnu.org/archive/html/gnewsense-users/2011-01/msg00157.html that there is knowledge of how to install it in gNewSense.

Documentation/UpgradingOOo (last edited 2013-09-04 23:42:30 by AndrewR)