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Old 11-20-2005, 09:34 AM   #1
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installing open office

hi, I am a noob in linux and I have a question,

I am running debian and I have 3 window managers: xfce, fluxbox and windowmaker

now I have downloaded open office, it was a .tar.gz, I have unpacked it,

now I have a directory full with .rpm files,

but how do I install them, and wich do I have to pick?
Old 11-20-2005, 09:57 AM   #2
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If you have debian just use aptitude, dselect or
apt-get install
to install

I guess that with "wich do I have to pick?" you are refering to the window managers.
I would say: try them and use the one you like the best.
That's the freedom you have in Linux

Good luck
Old 11-20-2005, 09:58 AM   #3
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If you have alien installed you could use that. If you have cpio installed you can use this rpm2cpio script like this
tar -xzf OOo*.tar.gz &&
cd RPMS &&
for i in *.rpm; do rpm2cpio $i | cpio -idv; done
That will create an opt folder inside the RPMS folder and inside that should be an openoffice folder. Move it somewhere convenient and make a link pointing at RPMS/opt/$ver/program/soffice from somewhere in your path.


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