Update / Install OpenOffice.org 2.4 in Ubuntu
Ubuntu Gutsy comes with Openoffice 2.4 already installed.
It has been reported that the Openoffice.org that you get from
Openoffice.org website has more features than the one Ubuntu installs.
So you want to
upgrade your OpenOffice.org to the latest (Version 2.4 as of this
writing) for Ubuntu? Ubuntu comes pre-installed with Version
2.0 for Edgy Version 2.2 for Feisty and Version 2.3 for Gutsy.
The new Hardy has OpenOffice 2.4 preinstalled. The newer
2.4 version is faster and has better
compatibility for Microsoft Office files. You will need to go
website and downlaod the latest installation. Once you
download the installation you will notice that it is a .tar.gz.
Here is a procedure to get the new OpenOffice.org installed
The new Openoffice.org 2.4 now comes in .deb installation files.
The older installations used the .rpm files which needed to be
converted using Alien.
I have a script that automates the process for Edgy, Feisty and Gutsy. Go my tools page here
to get the installation script. The script DOES NOT install a JRE so you will need to make sure a JRE is installed.
you wish to go
through the steps for yourself then follow on. This procedure
assumes you have a working internet connection.
to the synaptic
package manager and uninstall the old
OpenOffice. This can be done by searching for openoffice.org
then right mouse click and select "Mark for Complete Removal" on all
the boxes that are green that appear
next to openoffice.org. You can also uninstall Openoffice.org
by typing or copy and paste the following in a terminal:
- sudo apt-get -y
remove openoffice.org openoffice.org-base openoffice.org-calc
openoffice.org-common openoffice.org-core openoffice.org-draw
openoffice.org-gnome openoffice.org-gtk openoffice.org-help-en-us
will need to
install the Java Runtime Environment.
If you don't have a JRE installed then do the following in
apt-get -y install sun-java5-bin sun-java5-jre sun-java5-jdk
- This will install
the JRE, Java fonts, Java SDK, and the
- Download Openoffice.org 2.4
installation for Linux from openoffice.org website. Click here
to download Openoffice.org 2.4 without the JRE.
a folder to
place the installation archive.
will need to open a terminal to the
folder where the file was downloaded.
will then need
to unpack the .tar.gz by using
the following command:
filename you downloaded.
double click the .tar.gz and Archive
Manager will come up.
will create a
to that folder.
will be a folder
called DEBS, change to that folder.
can now install
OpenOffice by typing the following
command at the terminal:
all the .deb
files are installed there is one more
- If you so
desire, you will need to then install the debian
.deb package in the desktop-integration folder. If you don't
can still get OpenOffice up and running by typing soffice
at the terminal.
version of OpenOffice had icons in the
Applications-->Office menu? We can get those back for
- Change to
folder and look
for a .deb file named openoffice.org-debian-menus_2.4-9268_all.deb.
only be one
.deb file in this folder.
you find that
file you can double click on it from Nautilus. This will install the icons in the menu.
is it, OpenOffice
V2.4 is installed and all icons in
the menu should be present in your Application--->Office menu. This was not so bad.
are now ready
to enjoy the
latest version of OpenOffice. You will notice that it opens
faster and has better compatibility with MS Office files. For
the latest updates to OpenOffice.org visit their website.