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Old 03-12-2009, 05:08 PM   #1
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Post Installing/Upgrading OpenOffice.org the RIGHT WAY


Hello everyone, I have just finished installing the OpenOffice.org version 3.0, and would like to pass on the step by step instructions on how to do this. I've spent time searching various forums, including the OpenOffice.org wikis, and gotta say that I'm very disappointed in the quality of the explanations given. I'm going to be clear and concise here; you will understand exactly what is involved, and why you have to do it this way.

To start, you must remove your current version of OpenOffice. Go to the respective control panel (Ubuntu: Add/Remove Programs, openSUSE: YaST Software Management etc...) and remove it (make sure you at least remove all the main components Writer, Impress, Base, Presentation, Calc). The bottom line is that you can't upgrade OpenOffice. Once the new version comes out, you have to uninstall the current one.


This procedure was performed on openSUSE 11.0, however, this applies to all distros that use Repositories. If you don't know what Repositories are, I'll go over this in another post (I'll do this after I post this one, I feel this is very important to know).

Here we go:

1) Download OpenOffice from the website. Choose the linux version (obviously)
2) The file will be named something like this: OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358 This is version 3.0, the one I have
3) Extract the folder inside to your home folder. It should be named something like this: OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358
4)Add a new repository in your software manager
  • Point to the folder you just extracted in the home folder
  • Name the repository OpenOffice
  • Click Ok to finish adding the repository

5)Go to the regular software installation wizard (Ubuntu: Synaptic openSUSE: YaST: Software Management) If it doesn't already come up automatically through category selection (Synaptic) search for it -> openoffice. It should bring up the new RPMs from the folder you copied to your home folder.

6)Select all the applicable sofware packages, and install

At this point, OpenOffice.org is installed, if you didn't get any error messages. The only thing left to do is add the menu icons.

Go to the OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358 folder. Go to the RPMs folder. Go to the desktop-integration folder. Double-click the RPM named after your distro, and wait until its done.

At this point, you should see the new icons in the start/kicker menu.

Going by what I saw in the desktop-integration folder, this procedure should work for Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE, Debian, Slackware, Freedesktop, and any other derivative of these.

This is the fastest, safest, and best way to properly upgrade/install OpenOffice. If you have questions, start replying :-) I'll be here.
 
Old 03-12-2009, 05:39 PM   #2
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Then easiest way in *buntu is to add a specific repository for the latest version, install and uninstall the older one ... all with apt-get
 
Old 05-29-2009, 02:53 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Bluestreak View Post
Hello everyone, I have just finished installing the OpenOffice.org version 3.0, and would like to pass on the step by step instructions on how to do this. I've spent time searching various forums, including the OpenOffice.org wikis, and gotta say that I'm very disappointed in the quality of the explanations given. I'm going to be clear and concise here; you will understand exactly what is involved, and why you have to do it this way.

To start, you must remove your current version of OpenOffice. Go to the respective control panel (Ubuntu: Add/Remove Programs, openSUSE: YaST Software Management etc...) and remove it (make sure you at least remove all the main components Writer, Impress, Base, Presentation, Calc). The bottom line is that you can't upgrade OpenOffice. Once the new version comes out, you have to uninstall the current one.


This procedure was performed on openSUSE 11.0, however, this applies to all distros that use Repositories. If you don't know what Repositories are, I'll go over this in another post (I'll do this after I post this one, I feel this is very important to know).

Here we go:

1) Download OpenOffice from the website. Choose the linux version (obviously)
2) The file will be named something like this: OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358 This is version 3.0, the one I have
3) Extract the folder inside to your home folder. It should be named something like this: OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358
4)Add a new repository in your software manager
  • Point to the folder you just extracted in the home folder
  • Name the repository OpenOffice
  • Click Ok to finish adding the repository

5)Go to the regular software installation wizard (Ubuntu: Synaptic openSUSE: YaST: Software Management) If it doesn't already come up automatically through category selection (Synaptic) search for it -> openoffice. It should bring up the new RPMs from the folder you copied to your home folder.

6)Select all the applicable sofware packages, and install

At this point, OpenOffice.org is installed, if you didn't get any error messages. The only thing left to do is add the menu icons.

Go to the OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358 folder. Go to the RPMs folder. Go to the desktop-integration folder. Double-click the RPM named after your distro, and wait until its done.

At this point, you should see the new icons in the start/kicker menu.

Going by what I saw in the desktop-integration folder, this procedure should work for Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE, Debian, Slackware, Freedesktop, and any other derivative of these.

This is the fastest, safest, and best way to properly upgrade/install OpenOffice. If you have questions, start replying :-) I'll be here.

Can you please tell me how to uninstall open office from CentOS system.
 
Old 05-29-2009, 08:00 AM   #4
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Can you please tell me how to uninstall open office from CentOS system.
Your reply is unrelated to the thread. Please post your own thread.

That said, rpm -e.
 
  


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