How to install Oracle's OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 RC in ubuntu|LinuxMint|Debian|Fedora|Centos

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Openoffice 3.3.0 RC1 is released, this new beta release incorporates several fixes and other features. Among the improvements to be found withopenoffice_logo openoffice_logoOpenOffice.org 3.3.0 include an improved extension manager, spreadsheet improvements, initial integration with the Renaissance Project, printing restructuring, and improved Calc spreadsheet performance.

About Openoffice

OpenOffice.org is a free, Open Source alternative to MS Office with a Word compatible word processor, a complete Excel compatible spread sheet program and a Power Point like presentation software and drawing program and also allows to save to PDF file.
In addition, OpenOffice.org offers enhanced printing capabilities and options for direct connection with external email programs as well as form-letter management to send letters to addresses from a database.

Download OpenOffice 3.3.0 RC1

 

Installation 

 

  • Install Openoffice.org 3.3 (debian package) on Ubuntu/Debian/LinuxMint:

First : Remove all the packages from the installed version
Go to Synaptic or your package manager and mark all the openoffice.org packages installed to be removed (there is the string ubuntu in their version number). This is mandatory for your first upgrade of the distro delivered OOo version, no need to do that for the following upgrades.
For Ubuntu (flavors prior to Jaunty 9.04), the system will also remove the ubuntu-desktop package. No worry, this is a meta package that can be removed safely. But in case you want to upgrade your whole distro, you’ll have to install back this package (and the OOo original version). To remove from terminal :

sudo apt-get remove openoffice*.*

Second : Download the debian package, and install them by following these steps :

For us language the package is :OOo_x.x.x_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz

Now extract using the command :

tar xzvf OOo_x.xx_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz

Now cd the extracted directory :

cd OOOxxx_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483/

The software is installed using the dpkg -i command. Type the following command, to install the software:

sudo dpkg -iR DEBS/

If you already had an older version already upgraded to 3.2.1 which you did not uninstall, dpkg will upgrade it rather than installing both versions at once.

Removing : To remove a package, use the following command:

sudo dpkg -r openoffice.org
  • Install Openoffice.org 3.3 RC on RPM based Linux systems : Fedora / Centos /Redhat:

Installation steps :

1- To install the software for all users, su to become superuser.

2- Extract the package with the following command (Change xxx with your current version in the extracted file):

tar -xvf OOo_x.x.x_xxxxxxxx_LinuxIntel_install_wJRE_en-US.tar.gz

3- cd to the folder that the tar command created.

 

cd 000xxx_xx_native_packed-1_en-US.xxxx

4- To install the software for all users, type the following to become superuser:

su -

5- Grant permission to open a graphical display for root, using the authority from your user account. This is necessary for security reasons on some systems, while on other systems adequate security is provided without this

XAUTHORITY=/home/{username}/.Xauthority; export XAUTHORITY
DISPLAY=:0.0; export DISPLAY

6- Start the setup program and follow the instructions.

./setup

7- If you su to install for all users, exit the superuser shell:

exit

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