[ubuntu-uk] LibreOffice vs OpenOffice

Hassan "Haz" Williamson haz at hazrpg.co.uk
Sat Feb 19 06:05:27 UTC 2011

@Mac, Thanks for that. Interesting read. Personally I'm going where the
developers are, I have a feeling that Oracle might try to swing things to
their favour and might close down some aspects of OOo - either that or try
to incorporate their own proprietary database system in somehow. I could be
wrong, but that's just my opinion of it.

@Liam, You could have saved yourself some heart ache by just installing
LibreOffice with the PPA. If I recall the PPA supports 10.04, 10.10 and
11.04. I'll list the commands for it below for you:

*sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa*
*sudo apt-get update*
*sudo apt-get install libreoffice*

If your using gnome, then also run this for it to integrate better:

*sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome*

For KDE:

*sudo apt-get install libreoffice-kde*

There is an article somewhere on omgubuntu.co.uk about this. I'll link it at
the end for reference. This will install LibreOffice just like any other
application you'd find in the ubuntu repo's. So you'll get your menu item,
document file type associations, etc... Enjoy :).

I really don't understand why the one on the LibreOffice website is so
complicated to try and get it to work. It might scare some people away from
using it, which would be a shame. I'm sure they'll make it easier as time
passes though.

Hope this helps you out, and hopefully others who many be having trouble
getting LibreOffice to work.


P.S. Found the omgubuntu article that describes what I've wrote above. Here
it is:

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