Does anyone know when Openoffice 3 will be available in Ubuntu Repositories?

Steven Davies-Morris sdavmor at
Thu Oct 16 02:17:44 UTC 2008

NoOp wrote:
> On 10/15/2008 02:58 PM, Steven Davies-Morris wrote:
>> NoOp wrote:
>>> On 10/02/2008 02:00 PM, John Toliver wrote:
>>>> I wasn't sure about whether I should download the .deb files
>>>> or whether it would become available on the most recently
>>>> reported release date of 10/7/08.
>>>> Thanks,
>>> OOoRC4 is due out middle of Oct. With any luck that will become
>>>  OOo3.0. When you will see those in Ubuntu repositories is
>>> unknown as Ubuntu uses the Novell/ximian/go-ooo builds instead
>>> of the builds. But I wouldn't guess that you
>>> will see OOo(U)3.0 in Hardy as it's an LTS. You probably will
>>> only see it in Intrepid - but hopefully I'm wrong.
>>> If you'd like to give OOoRC3 a spin the debs are available
>>> here:
>>> You can install that side-by-side to your Ubuntu OOo without
>>> either affecting the other. The OOo3RC3 will install into your
>>> /opt directory and the program files will be located in 
>>> /opt/openoffice.org3/program. OOoRC3 will create a separate 
>>> ~/ folder so it does not interfere with
>>> your existing ~/.openoffice.org2/user folder.
>>> I recommend that you join the OOo users list (via gmane nntp is
>>>  recommended as sometimes it's a very high volume list):
>> I'm going to plead homersimpsondoofus the hell do I
>> install OO v3? I downloaded the archive and uncompressed it. I
>> took a stab at it from there with Gdebi but don't appear to be
>> getting anywhere. I even tried running the update as a shell but
>> that just tells me that it's skipping all the deselected
>> packages. How did you get it installed? Minds wishing to move
>> beyond caveman grunting wish to know! :-)
> When you uncompressed it you created a new directory (hopefully -
> if not let me know). You then need to open a terminal and then:
> cd ~/<extracteddirectoryname>/DEBS
> and once in the DEBS direcotory:
> sudo dpkg -i *.deb
> [Note: you don't need to 'force' anything as long as you've
> downloaded the proper .tz for 32 bit or 64 bit.]
> That will install OOo 3.0 into your /opt dirctory. In order to run
> it you will need to then:
> /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice
> Go through the startup dialogs and OOo 3.0 will open just fine.
> Once you are happy that it is installed and working, then create a
> menu item for it.
> Added note: the OOo website has been overloaded since the OOo 3.0 
> release, so download from a mirror close to you: 
> For you I recommend: 
> and given
> that I think you are 64 bit, download (use gwget to control the
> download & bandwidth): 
> Oo_3.0.0_LinuxX86-64_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz

Thanks Noop. I got it sorted about 45 mins ago. Once of those "how
stupid was that?" moments when I just couldn;t for the life of me get
my head around installing it from a terminal. but I'm running OO3 now.
Can't say for what I was doing it's anything I had to have instead of
OO2.4, but it all seems to work fine. I went the bittorrent route,
BTW. It was plenty fast enough on the d/l with just a couple of
reachable seeds and a few peers.
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