Open Office and / or Libre Office

Avi Greenbury lists at
Sun Dec 11 15:30:28 UTC 2011

LinuxIsOne wrote:

> On Sun, Dec 11, 2011 at 9:42 AM, Avi Greenbury <lists at> wrote:
> But there's no great reason to do 2 & 3 if you're happy with the Libre
> > Office installation you've already got. You cannot uninstall Libre
> > Office in synaptic because it wasn't installed through synaptic. If
> > you want to uninstall it, you should check the documentation from
> > Oracle about how to uninstall it - it will be specific to the
> > method you used to install it, and probably contained in the notes
> > in the archive you downloaded.
> >
> But I have already uninstalled LO from the Synaptic itself though it
> was not installed from Ubuntu Software Center, but after installation
> it came into the Synpatic (I don't know how and why) and also their
> doc of uninstallation says that it should be uninstalled from
> Synaptic only if you are using Ubuntu, it is what I read but I don't
> know if it is wrong...or right...but I have uninstalled.....I don't
> know if I did wrong or right but as you say then, just install via
> PPA.

Aha! Sorry, I missed a detail! Yes, you can simply uninstall it through
synaptic if you installed it by downloading a .deb file (which, poking
through the archives, it appears you did do). Sorry, I skimmed rather
more quickly than I should have through those :)

> Just a small query: Is it really neccessary to UNinstall OO after I
> install LO. However, I would use only LO but would OO (if it remains
> there in the sys.) cause a conflict with LO...? It happens really?

I don't know, in all honesty - I've only ever had one installed at a

LibreOffice isn't a completely different project to
It's a 'fork', which basically means an organisation (the Open Document
Foundation in this instance) takes the project, renames it, and starts
developing it themselves.

This means that a huge amount of the internals remain the same - all
that changes is what the ODF feel needs to change. If the guts of the
thing are fine, then those might not be changed at all. If the initial
project was well designed, it should be easy to run the original and
its fork side-by side with no problems, but by several accounts, this
isn't the case with LibreOffice. Perhaps, though, this has changed

Maybe try running them side-by side and see how it goes? It's just
worth bearing in mind that it might go a bit wrong if you do that.

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