[ubuntu-uk] LibreOffice vs OpenOffice

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Fri Feb 18 14:40:03 UTC 2011

On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 6:44 AM, mac <ammonius.grammaticus at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
> Just to follow up the recent thread - I guess some but not all of us may
> have come across this:
> http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/open-office-dilemma-openofficeorg-vs-libreoffice-716

Interesting - thanks for that.

I have LibreOffice 3.3 running fine on my Ubuntu 10.04 desktop. The
only snag is that it doesn't respect GTK themes nor use GNOME dialog
boxes, so it looks out of place. Works OK, though.

Oddly, here on my notebook, running 10.10, when I tried to download
OO.o 3.3, I got a big (~145MB) archive containing a script which, when
run, announced that it was skipping every single component. Why, I do
not know.

Manually installing all the .DEB packages resulted in a few min of
chugging away, and the packages being installed according to Synaptic,
but no menu entries and no oowriter command available at the shell

I removed it, and removed the built-in OO.o 3.2, then reinstalled 3.3.
No difference.

I removed it again, redownloaded a fresh copy and tried again. Same thing.

I removed it, downloaded LibreOffice 3.3 instead, but the website gave
me not a final version but RC4.

A 2nd redownload was the same.

So I've reinstalled the Ubuntu packaged OO.o 3.2. At least it works.

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