10 years ago
LibreOffice is now available in LaunchPad PPA.
Installing LibreOffice using this method completely removes OpenOffice.org from Linux Mint. You should backup all your custom templates, since purging OpenOffice.org completely deletes them. The spellchecker and the language support packages are also removed.
First you should remove OpenOffice.org by entering in the Terminal:
apt-get purge openoffice*.*
For better compatibility with your desktop environment, you should install one more package:
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
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 OpenOffice.org 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 OpenOffice.org 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 OpenOffice.org should work with LibreOffice. For LibreOffice Calc you can enable the OpenOffice.org legacy shortcuts from the Tools > Options > Compatibility (key bindings) by replacing the default one.
This is a lot simplier than it looks but it works well without any issues.
The scary part where you remove OpenOffic with one command in the terminal is a bit nerve raking but once you get over that and follow the commands step by step, you will find Libre Office installs and launches a heck of a lot quicker than OpenOffice. Nice tutorial Alexio.
The updated 3.3.2 version of LibreOffice is now available from the LaunchPad PPA for Linux Mint 9 and 10.
For the Linux Mint 11 users, the LibreOffice version available from this PPA is 3.4.3 final (the latest one).
As a new Linux user, who is not literate in "computerese", I am really glad that I found these instructions on how to install LibreOffice. From the onset of using OpenOffice, I found it to be slow and not very user friendly, at least - for me.
When all that you are familiar with is Windows, and you become a Linux user, your entire "computer world" changes. With OpenOffice, I felt as though I was struggling constantly, just to create documents.
I installed LibreOffice as per the instructions above, using the terminal commands - which still scare me - and it installed flawlessly. The GUI is really pleasant, and my computer seems to be running a lot faster. When it comes to LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice, LibreOffice wins, hands down!
Thank you so much, from a grateful reader!
Worked perfectly! Thank you.
@dkfalcone - The tutorial is about using the Terminal to install some software packages. It seems that some files are not downloaded properly on your system. You should check that the files are downloaded from https://launchpad.net/~libreoffice/+archive/ppa
Another way is to visit http://www.libreoffice.org/download/ and to choose the download the DEB files: LibO_3.4.2_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz 145 MB and LibO_3.4.2_Linux_x86_helppack-deb_en-US.tar.gz 9 MB (en-US - English (US)).
Just un-pack the DEB files from the archives and double click on the DEB files to install LibreOffice.
Everything seemed to work until I got to the install line, then it says that the package does not exist...? I also noted that in my system Synaptic does not see any package for LibreOffice though it now shows ppa as a repository. Any ideas?
Thank you very much, Alexio. This seems to have worked perfectly for me using LinuxMint9.
This was great! Thank you.
Thanks very much for this guide.
This guide is easy to use.
Thank you, have only been using Mint 9 for a few hours (I'm a complete virgin to Linux, so hope I chose wisely) This guide was so simple to use.
Me gustó el tutorial, pero par mí tuve que agregar cambiar el detalle del lenguaje y también instalar la localización en español,
por lo que para mí quedó en estas instrucciones:
sudo apt-get purge openoffice*.*
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libreoffice
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome language-support-es
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-l10n-es
Con esto me queda instalado LibreOffice con los diccionarios y las localizació (menús y ayuda en línea) en español...
Good Tutorial, worked fine for me on mint 10 julia. Didn't need to install spell checker as extension as it was pulled in with 'sudo apt-get install libreoffice' but did have to 'sudo apt-get install language-support-en' to give it a dictionary to work from.
Nice job on this easy to follow tutorial. I just switched from Open to Libre. After installing via CLI, I had to go into Synaptic to install Writer, Calc, Draw, Base, Math, Impress, plugins, and the such. The install command above only installed the core package for LibreOffice. Perhaps I did something wrong? Just wanted to share as an FYI. :)
I wonder if all this is going to change now that Oracle has dropped official OpenOffice support, and are giving it up as a community project. Perhaps Document Foundation can have the OpenOffice name again?
works great on linux mint julia (10). only flaw i have seen is a few of the 'menu listings' remain even though the actuall application has been removed (open office formula buttons were left in my menu, but no big deal to remove)
This worked perfectly for me and I'm still pretty much a GNU/Linux newbie. Although I did not hate OpenOffice, I am much happier with the performance of LibreOffice. It definitely starts up much faster on the computer that I built myself almost five years ago and the overall performance seems much smoother. No longer having to worry about what Oracle is going to do with OpenOffice is a big plus as well. Alexio, thank you for this tutorial!
Thank you very much, made this extremely simple for a newB
Very nice. Works great! Thank you
Great job! Everything works!
cheers for the info :)
i believe theres an update 3.3.14??, but how do you run the contents from the tar file? be nice if all linux installs were easy by just double clicking on the ded file and install.....
Thanks for the easy to follow guide - worked like a charm
Excellent tutorial glad to see openoffice go as it has too many connections to oricle
Worked a treat in Mint 10 KDE (x86_64).
Many thanks for the excellent guide.
Thanks for the guide. I Just installed Libre Office.
Good news, thank you
The updated 3.3.1 final version of LibreOffice is now available from the LaunchPad PPA.
The next major release, version 3.4, is due in May 2011, just in time for Linux Mint 11.
According to The Document Foundation Wiki, new major versions of LibreOffice should be available every six months. Eventually, the release dates may be scheduled in March and September.
Works fine!! Thank you
Great work! I was sad to see openoffice go since I had used it for several years, but glad to be using libreoffice now. This tutorial was right on target and the install went perfectly.
Excellent tutorial,pretty useful...
Thanks for this, I had been trying to install Libreoffice from a downloaded Deb package, but I kept getting an error and could not successfully complete the installation. Installing from the ppa went absolutely smooth.
Just a note: removing meta packages (such as mint-meta-gnome-dvd) is perfectly safe once the software it depends on is installed. Removing all of OpenOffice removes that meta package because parts of OpenOffice are its dependencies. But you will not affect your system at all by doing this. Replacing OpenOffice with LibreOffice and removing the meta package makes no difference in your system, except that you have a more open-standard office suite. Which is good. :)
Ran into a snag. mint-meta-gnome-dvd depends on openoffice.org-base, so I tried to let openoffice.org-base stay put.
Unfortunately, installing libreoffice removes openoffice.org-base (maybe in favor of libreoffice-base?), which then removes mint-meta-gnome-dvd.
Is there a way to tell mind-meta-gnome-dvd to stay put even though it's missing openoffice.org-base?
@risukikudo - LibreOffice 3.3 can be downloaded in .deb format from http://www.libreoffice.org/download/ and check the software and hardware prerequisites for installing it on your computer.
Just copy the downloaded file to the offline computer. In Linux Mint it's very easy to install from a .deb file, just click on it and the installer should start.
Ty for the tutorial Alexio, pretty useful!
I'm loving LO 3.3 so far, dang, its so fast and responsive!
hey, how to install it offline??
Installed it and I'm very pleased with it. After installation I went on Synaptic and installed the French language pack. From now on, it's LibreOffice for me, especially since I read that the Document Foundation will gradually modernize the interface.
very nice, but I completed it to install again via the 'synaptic package manager'.
And what's your impression of LO 3.3? Is it much better than OO? ;-)
I love it!!!
Thanks @Alexio, it is now working. It's a shame that the extensions in OOO weren't transferred over, like the Templates but then, I suppose it gives a chance for a clear out!! There's a bright side to most problems.
@RayWoods - Please look at Tools > Options > Language Settings > Languages for the "Default language for documents". In the drop-down list of languages, if a language doesn't have a little "ABC" and a blue check mark, then the dictionary for that language isn't installed. You can get the dictionaries from the OpenOffice.org repository for Extensions.
Just one thing, LibreOffice picked up my templates but, could I get the Spelling Checker to work!! (Be it automatically or with an on demand check.) So far everything else is very good.
Very good Alexio.
Good Job Alexio! ;-)