Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Installing OpenOffice 2.4 on Ubuntu Gutsy

As Ubuntu is gearing up for its next big release - Hardy Heron, it seems unlikely that the new open office package would be added on to the gutsy repositories. . But let it not deter us from trying them out. This new release packs in a lot of really cool features. In this post, let me show you the steps of installing the new OpenOffice on your existing system.

1.Remove all the previous installation instances of OOo. Go to synaptics, search and remove all openoffice.org2 packages
$ sudo synaptic

2.Now, download the Linux Deb package tarball for your language from the official OOo website
Save it to your home folder (or any other place)

3. Open your terminal. Go to the dowloaded location and extract this files.
$ tar -vxzf OOo_2.4.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz

4. Go to the extracted folder and install the package
$ cd OOH680_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9286/DEBS
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

5. To update the Gnome Menu, go to the desktop integration subfolder
$ cd desktop-integration
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

6. First run requires you to read and agree to the terms and conditions. Enjoy using openoffice.
$ openoffice.org2.4


Anonymous said...

Worked perfectly. Thank you so much!

gmccuen said...

Simply perfection - very much obliged. Coming from the Microsoft Windows world, Linux installations are still somewhat difficult.

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Anonymous said...

thanks for share this info ;)

Anonymous said...

Muchas Gracias por el manual exceleten, justo queria actualizar a Openoffice desde la semana pasada

Anoj said...

Fernando,Eres bienvenido ;)

Anonymous said...

I believe you want 'sudo synaptic' up there (not 'synaptics' with an 's' on the end).

Anoj said...

Thanks for pointing out that error ;)
Corrected it.

markuz said...

I have a small problem, after installing the OpenOffice 2.4, update manager says that I must upgrade to OpenOffice.org 1:2.3 wich was the previous version installed on my machine. How can I disable this? is quite annoying

Anoj said...

There may be many ways to do this. This is what I do. Open synaptic and locate the OpenOffice package. Select it. Press control + E or,
Go to package (menu bar) > Force Version

Select 2.4 and the upgrade msg disappears.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but where do I find the "Force Version" option?? Thanks!

Anoj said...

It's under "package", in synaptic menu bar ;) or just use the shortcut "cntrl + E", after selecting the desired package.

Anonymous said...

Its what I've been searching for. Thx u so much!!

Anonymous said...

Doesn't work for 64bit... :-(

Akshar Patel said...

Thank You So much!!!

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Anonymous said...

It also works for openOffice3 :)