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 Add Libreoffice Stable (newer than the default in Mint version) as a ppa repository. Tested in Linux Mint LTS 17 Qiana and 13 Maya, with a hint on using proxies.

First step, only if you are behind a security/corporate proxy, skip otherwise.

As I am behind a proxy, (if not sure just skip) I should set my proxies

If you are just using synaptic (=Mint package manager) there is a menu setting for proxies, set them as in your browser. Easy done.

Adding ppa repositories from synaptic does not worked for me (even changing many config files...)

To manually configurate the proxies for system update your sloud edit or create a standard configuration file as (if no present  just create it):

As you will probable need to use apt-get commands you will need to edit a 'conf ' file (if not just create it)  as:

 /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/95proxies   or sudo pluma  /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/95proxies

Add the following lines (where proxy_name and port_number match your known local settings):

Acquire::http::proxy "";

Acquire::ftp::proxy "";

Acquire::https::proxy "";

If you need to set the environment values for the proxies remember to do them BOTH in lowercase and UPPERcase. (Your life will be easier). See details in this searched help page: [page]

Once completed the proxy's settings -if required- follow with the real single command:

Adding the Libreoffice Stable ppa repository (as per version 4.3)

Current version information for ppa files is available at:

In a terminal/shell window type (or simply copy and paste)

sudo -E apt-add-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-4-3      (edit -n-n as in current version)

Note: this -E flag is to export your environment (and proxy settings...) to sudo ...

Execute [Enter], you will be informed about version being installed (pe. 4.3), and then just confirm the installation. Done.

Then you only need to update your system as usual, as with:

  • Automatically (system tray widget),
  • or with package-manager (synaptic)
  • or manually : 
    • sudo apt-get update     and followed with    sudo apt-get upgrade

Your libreoffice will be keep updated to the current stable version (as 4.3.x ...).

Future versions: You should check for new versions (4-4 4-5 ...) at the ppa site

Final note: This Libreoffice update will not generate a duplicate installation (avoiding the wasted space) as you may have did (as myself) by downloading/installing (*.deb files) from the official Libreoffice website. It will merge with your Linux Mint LTS update system. I just uninstalled my previously duplicated installation 'downloaded from Libreoffice .deb files' with the 'Synaptic Package Manager'. No issues.

Tags: Libreoffice stable 4.x newer ppa repository Linux Mint Mint 17 Qiana 13 Maya proxy firewall
Created: 4 years ago.
Last edited: 4 years ago.
Reviewed: 4 years ago.

3 years ago

This did not work for my fully updated Linux Mint 13 MATE installation. I get the following errors:

Failed to fetch 404 Not Found
Failed to fetch 404 Not Found
Failed to fetch 404 Not Found
Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?
I get the same errors when using xenopeek's method.

Thanks for any enlightenment.
4 years ago

Good tutorial. But for the non-technical users just follow xenopeeks instructions below ;) and read his important note as well.  
4 years ago

After the proxy part, you don't need the terminal. Here's how to add the PPA and update LibreOffice without need to go to the terminal:

1. Open Software Sources, click on PPA, and add:
2. Click Refresh
3. Updates will be installable through Update Manager

Important note; LibreOffice as available in Linux Mint is managed by the security team. You get updates to it as needed to fix security issues on Linux Mint. When you install LibreOffice from another source, like in this tutorial, inform yourself on how security issues are handled for that source.
4 years ago

Thank you.

Your instructions were very well written and works for Mint 17.1 Rebecca.
I went from version build 2 to version build 1.

I didn't need the Proxy but it is good to know for reference.

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