[ubuntu-uk] LibreOffice vs OpenOffice

Simon Greenwood sfgreenwood at gmail.com
Sun Feb 20 11:37:11 UTC 2011

On 20 February 2011 10:30, alan c <aeclist at candt.waitrose.com> wrote:

> On 19/02/11 06:05, Hassan "Haz" Williamson wrote:
>> @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.
> Is there anything significant preventing LO being put into the Ubuntu
> Software Centre? When LO gets into Ubuntu as it will, in 11.04, I will
> certainly use it, but my tech experience level is not really sufficient to
> effortlessly manage PPAs and the possible complication of the existing Open
> Office too.
> If LO was to be available in the Ubuntu Software Centre then I would use it
> now.
> --

I would guess that it's Canonical policy: the office suite is seen as a core
component in Desktop and as such is maintained.OO and LO probably don't
exactly coexist in Linux so having one or the other is a practical
consideration as well as a policy decision.

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