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Old 02-25-2014, 03:17 PM   #1
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Unhappy Open Office


I am very new to Linux so am finding some of this entering of code etc. to get things to install a bit frustrating. I have been attempting for a week to install Open Office 4.0.1 in Linux Mint. I have followed the instructions provided by Apache:
Extract the package:
$ tar -xzfv ~/Downloads/Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.1_Linux_86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

I manage to get the en-US folder to appear.

then to Install:
$ cd en-US/DEBS
$ sudo dpkg -I *.deb
$cd desktop-integration
$ sudo dpkg -I *.deb

I get a lot of files running by and then usually an error that a package cannot be found or is not compatible. That is the end of it. I have no idea where it has gone to or what else to do so have just given up.

Any suggestions?

Thanks for your time and understanding a newbie
 
Old 02-25-2014, 03:30 PM   #2
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You ever go here, and press install?

http://community.linuxmint.com/softw...openoffice.org

Thats one of the features of Mint/Ubuntu is not having to resort to the command line to install things.
 
Old 02-25-2014, 05:48 PM   #3
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It rather looks like you're using a Windows application install method, i.e. go to the application's website, download the software and install.
This isn't how it's done in Linuxland.
If you're running Mint, use the software installer application, usually under Administration, and search for the software you want. It'll download from the Distribution's software repository and install it without any hassle.

Don't think Windows, think Linux!

PLAY Bonny!
 
Old 02-25-2014, 08:21 PM   #4
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Does the software manager in Mint provide openoffice?

Kind of what szboardstretcher suggests.
 
Old 02-25-2014, 08:32 PM   #5
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It rather looks like you're using a Windows application install method, i.e. go to the application's website, download the software and install.
This isn't how it's done in Linuxland.
Actually..I'm running Mint on a couple of computers and for some software I am able to download the .deb file from the software's website and then double click on it to launch package manager and install. Very similar to Windows. There is a .deb installer here that the OP might be able to just download and install

http://www.openoffice.org/download/other.html
 
Old 02-25-2014, 11:00 PM   #6
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$ cd en-US/DEBS
$ sudo dpkg -I *.deb
$cd desktop-integration
$ sudo dpkg -I *.deb
This looks like the instructions I followed to install LibreOffice manually on Debian in LO's early days.

If you are getting errors about missing packages, those are dependency errors. You are missing some program or library that OO needs.

I believe Mint has LibreOffice by default, and this link leads me to believe that OO is in the repos. Search the Mint software center (I don't know exactly what they call it these days, but it should be on a "system" or "administration" submenu) and install it from there. If you do, LO might need to be removed.

As far as I know, LO is completely compatible with OO. I use templates that I developed under OO with LO without incident.

Generally, if you use a distro that has repos (software repositories), it is better to install software from the repos than to do it by hand. Installing from the repos generally resolves dependencies automatically.

Last edited by frankbell; 02-25-2014 at 11:02 PM.
 
  


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