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Postby RGB » Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:14 am

Updated package names on the first entry. It seems that AOO packages will not have a bundled JRE: the parts that mention it could disappear from the guide on a near future ;)
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Re: [Tutorial] Installing Apache OpenOffice on GNU/Linux

Postby Hagar Delest » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:18 am

Moved to the Linux section and moved to the Tutorial section (leaving a shadow in Linux).
Changed the titles of the posts and removed the Draft tag.
Will remove these last 2 posts in a while, seems to be rather good now.
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Re: [Tutorial] Installing Apache OpenOffice on GNU/Linux

Postby RGB » Thu May 10, 2012 12:57 am

Eliminated references to the JVM: it is not bundled anymore on AOO
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Re: [Tutorial] Installing Apache OpenOffice on GNU/Linux

Postby RGB » Thu May 31, 2012 12:04 am

There is now an unofficial Debian repository for AOO:

Unofficial Apache OO Debian repository
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Re: [Tutorial] Installing Apache OpenOffice on GNU/Linux

Postby vasa1 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:02 am

With specific reference to Ubuntu, would RGB or anyone else add a bit on how to uninstall LibreOffice and then install Apache OpenOffice or, despite potential security concerns, an older version of OpenOffice.org?

The reason I'm asking is this: The Ubuntu Software Center lists OpenOffice.org but apt-get -s install openoffice.org shows that LibreOffice will be installed. So imagine a situation in which a person runs sudo apt-get purge libreoffice* and then deletes ~/.config/libreoffice and then does apt-get install openoffice.org. Back to square one?
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Re: [Tutorial] Installing Apache OpenOffice on GNU/Linux

Postby RoryOF » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:32 am

On Ubuntu I have always found it advisable to remove libreoffice-core (earlier, openoffice-core), using Synaptic or sudo apt-get remove libreoffice-core before installing (originally) Oracle OpenOffice and now Apache OpenOffice 3.4 from the download at http://www.openoffice.org, using the method described in the tutorial. Many of the Volunteers on this Forum use those versions of OpenOffice in preference to linux distro versions, as they are more stable.

If the Ubuntu distro is installing LibreOffice when requested to install OpenOffice there may be trademark implications which Apache may need to raise with Ubuntu. I have raised this matter on the Apache Marketing mailing list.
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Re: [Tutorial] Installing Apache OpenOffice on GNU/Linux

Postby vasa1 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:44 am

RoryOF wrote:...
If the Ubuntu distro is installing LibreOffice when requested to install OpenOffice ...

Rory, you can verify it with a simulation (no need for sudo):
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apt-get -s install openoffice.org

Then check the output in the terminal.
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Re: [Tutorial] Installing Apache OpenOffice on GNU/Linux

Postby RoryOF » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:57 am

I don't doubt you, vasa1. I always install off the main OpenOffice site, so the problem doesn't affect me. I'll let Apache (the trademark owner) deal with it.
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Re: [Tutorial] Installing Apache OpenOffice on GNU/Linux

Postby RGB » Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:32 pm

I modified the first paragraph to consider those distros with problems. Please, someone check if the instructions are OK: it is several years since I last used fedora and I'm not an ubuntu expert either...
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Re: [Tutorial] Installing Apache OpenOffice on GNU/Linux

Postby Hagar Delest » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:37 pm

Have modified the paragraph about problems with distros to add that LibO can be installed afterward by using the website packages instead of the distro packages.
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Re: [Tutorial] Installing Apache OpenOffice on GNU/Linux

Postby vasa1 » Sat Jun 30, 2012 5:34 pm

RoryOF wrote:On Ubuntu I have always found it advisable to remove libreoffice-core (earlier, openoffice-core), using Synaptic or sudo apt-get remove libreoffice-core before installing (originally) Oracle OpenOffice and now Apache OpenOffice 3.4 from the download at http://www.openoffice.org, using the method described in the tutorial. Many of the Volunteers on this Forum use those versions of OpenOffice in preference to linux distro versions, as they are more stable. ...


A comment ... I installed LibreOffice 3.5.4.2 direct and I don't see libreoffice-core when I run "dpkg --get-selections". Instead, I see:
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libraw5                  install
librdf0                  install
libreadline6               install
libreoffice-debian-menus         install
libreoffice3.5               install
libreoffice3.5-base            install
libreoffice3.5-calc            install
libreoffice3.5-dict-en            install
libreoffice3.5-dict-es            install
libreoffice3.5-dict-fr            install
libreoffice3.5-draw            install
libreoffice3.5-en-us            install
libreoffice3.5-impress            install
libreoffice3.5-math            install
libreoffice3.5-stdlibs            install
libreoffice3.5-ure            install
libreoffice3.5-writer            install
librest-0.7-0               install
librhythmbox-core5            install
...

Whether libreoffice-core is found in installations done via the repository is something I don't know. That's why I suggested sudo apt-get purge libreoffice*. It should cover both cases. Incidentally, the simulation shows that additional stuff, not expected from a literal reading of libreoffice* will be removed.
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Re: [Tutorial] Installing Apache OpenOffice on GNU/Linux

Postby RGB » Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:42 pm

Guide updated to include instructions for the upcoming AOO 4.0.0.
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Re: [Tutorial] Installing Apache OpenOffice on GNU/Linux

Postby sjgoldborough » Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:49 pm

I installed the Apache version of Open Office on Linux Mint (Olivia/Xfce desktop). I ran it from the terminal after downloading the tar.gz from Apache website. There was a message that the instal didn't complete because Libre Office owned a file or directory soffice. From Synaptic package manager I uninstalled Libre Office permanently (run a query on Libre Office and select for uninstall anything with the LibreOffice name). I repeated the manual instal and it worked.

Only problem for me now is that open office doesn't plug into the xfce file manger but uses its own file drop down box for open or save file and this app. doesn't see network drives.

Hope this is some help.
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