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Install LibreOffice via PPA and Receive Auto-Updates in Ubuntu

Have you been looking forward to installing LibreOffice but getting it set up before now was a total pain? Say goodbye to the hassle and enjoy easy updating using the new Launchpad PPA for LibreOffice.

Warning: Installing LibreOffice on your system will cause OpenOffice to be completely removed.

To add the new PPA open the Ubuntu Software Center, go to the Edit Menu, and select Software Sources. Access the Other Software Tab in the Software Sources Window and add the first of the PPAs shown below (outlined in red). The second PPA will be automatically added to your system.

Once you have the new PPAs set up, go back to the Ubuntu Software Center and do a search for “LibreOffice”. Select the listing that we have highlighted here to install LibreOffice on your system.

Note: The installation files will most likely take a little while to download on your system due to the size/amount of the required files.

After the installation is complete you can find all of that LibreOffice goodness waiting for you in the Office sub-menu.

Enjoy your new LibreOffice suite!

LibreOffice Packaging PPA []

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/7/11

Comments (5)

  1. Hatryst

    Great !!
    This adds to my project (will let HTG know about it soon) :)

  2. Hatryst

    Oh, by the way, is LibreOffice better than OpenOffice?

  3. AsianAngel

    @Hatryst – From what I understand it is supposed to (or will later this year) incorporate some of the “improvement/enhancement” features that were created for other forks like GoOpenOffice and a couple of others. ^_^ Definitely good news there. ^_^

    I think that it will move beyond what OpenOffice currently is (or will be) due to Oracle’s influence/stranglehold on OpenOffice. So yes, I believe it is (or will be) better than OpenOffice in many ways. ^_^

    The most exciting part to me is thinking about the possibilities for the LibreOffice fork to really kickstart progress with the development again…OpenOffice just started to feel kind of stagnant to me. :(

  4. Anonymous Me

    @AsianAngel: Does the LibreOffice UI REALLY look like that?! That is UGLY! (Just my two cents, not trying to troll)

  5. Anonymous Me

    @AsianAngel: For clarification, I think it is ugly is because it reminds of Windows 95.

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