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How to Install OpenOffice.org 3.2 on Ubuntu

Since I’m against upgrading my systems to Ubuntu 9.10, when it comes to the OpenOffice.org office suite I am stuck with the 3.0 version from Jaunty’s repositories. Therefore, if I want to put my hands on a newer release of OpenOffice the only way to do this is to use the packages provided by Oracle (Sun was acquired by Oracle).

The process of installing OpenOffice.org from other packages than the ones from the repositories is not very complicated, but it might not come in handy for new users. It’s good to know though that the 3.2 release of OpenOffice will be available on Ubuntu 10.4 (codenamed Lucid Lynx) due to appear this year in April. But if you want to use the latest version available, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Download OpenOffice.org from here (make sure to download the DEB package for your system’s architecture - 32/64 bit). At the moment of writing this post, the 3.2 release is still in RC stage (release candidate 4).

  2. Before installing the new version, remove your existing OpenOffice.org installation using Synaptic or Add/Remove…

  3. Extract the downloaded archive and open a terminal into the resulting folder.

  4. Browse to the DEBS sub-folder from that directory.

  5. Install OpenOffice.org 3.2 by issuing the following command:

sudo dpkg -i --force-overwrite *deb
cd desktop-integration
sudo dpkg -i --force-overwrite *deb

You are all done. OpenOffice.org 3.2 is installed on your machine and all the file associations have been set up automatically. To see a complete list of the new features for this latest release go here.

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