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Hi :)
I think there is some confusion here.  

Compile means something specific in OpenSource and is not the same as "get together" or "acquire".  
Compile means taking the raw source code and installing that onto your system.  It's nice to watch 
the newly made youTube video to help with that but this whole process is waaaay more than most 
people will ever need to do.  

It's much easier to get the Debian-family installer from
and then these instructions to unzip/unpack it and then install it.
If you want to create your own installer from the source code then i think that's called something 
like, doing your own "build" and hopefully this link might help
Again this is waaaay more than most people will ever need.  Mostly these days LO is installed by 
default on most fresh new Gnu&Linux systems or grab it from the repos using the package manager.  

Gnu&Linux distro fall neatly into about 6-8 different families.  Many of the newer ones are in the 
Debian family including ones such as Mint, Ubuntu.  There's also a Redhat family, Slackware family. 
 Even different families often use the same installers so there are only about 4 different 
installers needed to cover all the different distros.  

You really don't need to create a differrent installer for each different release of each different 
 distro.  That's the kind of craziness that hardware manufacturers seem to think in their ignorance 
= or at least the excuse that often gets used by people who should know better.  

As i understand it the main advantage of compiling the code from scratch is that it streamlines 
your version of LO and tailors it to your specific set of hardware.  So it should run faster and is 
just more cool when you mention it to your mates.  Unless you compiled your own version of Ubuntu 
then you really don't need to go this route.  Ubuntu is not really designed to be compiled from 
scratch.  It's meant to be an easy install where everything magically works without havign to do 
much.  There are other distros that are much better for this sort of thing, such as Arch, Tiny 
Core, Slackware and they have loads of help geared towards helping people compile pretty much 
anything they want.  

Regards from
Tom :)  

From: Aaron C Johnson <>
Sent: Thursday, 6 December 2012, 3:25
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Ubuntu Libreoffice


Are you simply trying to install the latest release of LibreOffice or 
are you just interested in compiling it?

dpkg is the debian package manager so no that command doesn't extract 
it, it installs the binary to your system.

There really is no need to compile it if you are planning on using it 
for normal every day use.

If you really want to compile then I would suggest you watch this video 
that was just created for this purpose:


On 12/05/2012 09:08 PM, Anthony Easthope wrote:
Thanks! I'm guess that the "SUDO DPKG" command is meaning to extract the
files? i keep thinking there was something about a script (I
was reading about this somewhere on a compiling tuitorial) Doesn't LO
have such a thing?

On Thu, 6 Dec 2012, at 04:00 AM, Don Myers wrote:
Hi Anthony,

This is how I update to each new version of the Document Foundation
version of Libre Office. This is for the 64 bit version, but simply
substitute the 32 bit version for the 64 bit. This is for the latest release:

Download LibO_3.6.4.3_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz to the
Right click on it and extract it to the desktop. This will give you the
folder LibO_3.6.4.3_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US
Run the following terminal commands to install it:
1. sudo apt-get remove libreoffice*.*
2. sudo dpkg -i
3. sudo dpkg -i

I hope this helps you. This isn't exactly what you asked, but it does
work well for installing LibreOffice.


On 12/05/2012 08:25 PM, Anthony Easthope wrote:
Hey guys

I'm back after what seems like ages! anyway encountered a problem which
is probably due to inexperience but anyhow.

I was wondering if there was a simple way to compile a Tar ball version
of LO on ubuntu? I've searched all documentation but its doing my head



Anthony Easthope



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