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Hi :)
With most Gnu&Linux's LibreOffice is installed by default so you don't need to install anything 
unless you really want to make life tricky and go for the cutting-edge.  Some have OpenOffice 
instead but that is still fairly similar and can edit pretty much all the same file formats.  (LO 
added a few extra ones recently).  A few have Gnome Office or KOffice/Caligra but again they use 
the same formats.  

So, this thread is really only about getting the cutting-edge 4.0.0
Regards from
Tom :)  

From: Marc Paré <>
Sent: Monday, 11 February 2013, 18:48
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: Installing the Deb

Le 2013-02-11 13:05, Dan Lewis a écrit :

There are a variety of ways to install LO for Debian OS's. Some are
harder than others, and some are easier.
What no one has mentioned is the use of script files. They will do much
of the work for you. Planning how to install the Deb files is important.
If you have LO from your OS, you need to use Synaptic (Step#1 mentioned
above.) But this is the only time you need to do this. dpkg (installs
the Deb files) writes the new files over the existing files. There is no
need to remove them.
Extract the installation folder and always place it in the same
location. (This is important for the contents of the script file.)

Example of the script file:
cd /home/dan/Downloads/LO/LibO_3.6.5.2_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US/DEBS/
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
cd desktop-integration
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
This looks like a lot of typing, but it is not really. Besides much of
it is used over and over again. The third line is the longest. "cd
/home/dan/Downloads/LO/" is the location for the installation folder
that you extracted. "LibO_3.6.5.2_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US" is the
name of that folder.
I do not like to type long names like the name of the installation
folder, so I look for a short cut. I use the file browser (Nautilus) to
go to this folder's location, I can right click on the folder and select
Properties. There at the top is the folder's name highlighted. Ctrl+C
copies the name, and I paste it into the third line. I also erase the
name of the previous folder. Another method: erase the number of the
previous LO version and type in the new number. In this case, replace with
What this does: installs the Deb files and desktop integration items.
The script file needs to be executable when it was first created. To do
this right click the script file, select Properties -> Permissions.
Click the box labelled "Allow executing the file as a program."
The location of the script file might be important also.
So actual steps to install
1) Download the file to /home/dan/Downloads/LO/.
2) Extract the downloaded file to the same location.
3) Update the third line of the script file using either method using
4) In the file browser, double click the script file.
5) Click the button "Run in Terminal".
6) Type your password.
7) Close the terminal.
The first two steps involve only clicks. Step 3 can involve only using
the mouse, or typing 4 digits and 3 periods. Only step 6 involves typing
with the rest done by mouse clicks.


Yes, but a newcomer to Linux who wished to install LibreOffice on her/his distro would not know 
this, and hopefully, would just do what most people would do and unpack the compressed files and 
double-click the .deb's or .rpm's ... or select all of them - right-click and choose to open with 
the file manager.

I don't believe we are doing our users any service by suggesting all of these convoluted ways of 
installing. Let's promote the easy and straight forward. it really simple.



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