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1702fp 08-06-2005 10:36 PM

Need help switching from Abi Word processor to open please
I am currently using Abi word processor and would like to give open a try,

I opened synaptic manager to see if Open Office was listed in the install menu and it was however there was to many versions, listed along with strange looking symbols next to them and I did not know which version to choose, so I closed Synaptic manager, came here hoping that someone would know if I needed to Un-install ABI, first, before installing Open office word to avoid any conflict between the two word processors. Also dose anyone know how to go about Un- installing Abi (if that what is needed to be done) then how to go about installing Open Office word processor, along with the required plug ins for grammar cheek...

I am using Sarge Debian, I believe the version is the new stable version that was recently released any info will be appreciated.:newbie:

duffmckagan 08-07-2005 12:58 AM

I guess the package is provided in the Debian Repository.

You may type the following at the command line, and get OpenOffice installed.
Apt-get will take care of all the dependencies for you.

Now, i hope that you have the Debian repositories enabled.

Type this at the command line.


$su -
#apt-get update
#apt-get install

You may also want to take a look at
Installation of in Debian

Hope this helps.
Moreover, I don't think that you may want to Uninstall Abi Word.

1702fp 08-07-2005 03:40 AM

Hummm I tried doing what you said and received this error message

linux:/home/username# apt-get update
Hit stable/main Packages
Hit stable/main Release
Hit stable/contrib Packages
Hit stable/contrib Release
Hit stable/non-free Packages
Hit stable/non-free Release
Hit stable/main Sources
Hit stable/main Release
Hit stable/contrib Sources
Hit stable/contrib Release
Hit stable/non-free Sources
Hit stable/non-free Release
Hit stable/updates/main Packages
Hit stable/updates/main Release
Hit stable/updates/contrib Packages
Hit stable/updates/contrib Release
Hit stable/updates/non-free Packages
Hit stable/updates/non-free Release
Reading Package Lists... Done
linux:/home/username# apt-get install
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
E: Couldn't find package
linux:/home/username# apt-get install open
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
Package open is a virtual package provided by:
kbd 1.12-11
console-tools 1:0.2.3dbs-56
You should explicitly select one to install.
E: Package open has no installation candidate

I figured, at first the reason for this error message had something to do with Abi conflicting with Open office. I had no problems installing the firewall or x chat so I'm most certain the repository's are enabled , thanks for the reply.

duffmckagan 08-07-2005 04:27 AM

I think instead of typing

apt-get install
TYPE THIS: -- Note that the hyphen between open and office is removed here.

apt-get install
If still it gives some or the other error, try the following procedure.

Well, I don't think that there is any problem with ABI word.

I had install Abi Word, Microsoft Office and Open Office altogether on a Windows PC, with no troubles.

Well, your previous post tells me that the Open office package is not included in the Debian Repository.

You will need to do the following things, to add the Open Office Repository.

If you are using KDE
Type this as user

$kdesu kwrite /etc/apt/sources.list
If you are using GNOME
Type this as user

$su -
#gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Then add the following line to the file.

Then do


$su -
#apt-get update

Then follow the procedure in my previous post.
You should have Open running.

1702fp 08-07-2005 08:47 PM

Thanks for the reply Open office 1.1 is now installed along witt math spread sheets etc the only thing that is not working is spell cheeking and the thesaurs other then that everything is set up and good to go.

duffmckagan 08-07-2005 11:04 PM

Spell checking not working?

LOL> must be typing everything correctly. :D

Moreover, if you are expecting it to work like MS Office, it is a bit different.
I don't find any reason for the Spell check not working.
BUt I will look into the matter as I find time.

Good to see the OOo is installed and working.
But soon you may need to upgrade too. (The latest version is 1.9 Beta) :)

basileus 08-09-2005 03:31 AM

Check with synaptic for other related packages. Spellchecking needs wordlists - you might not have them installed. You may also have to enable autocorrection from the openoffice menus.

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