From: Sina Momken <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Regina Henschel <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, 9 August 2013, 15:40
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: Installing 4.1 on OpenSuse
On 08/09/2013 03:22 PM, Regina Henschel wrote:
I make my first steps in using Linux and have got a OpenSuse 12.3 on my
old Notebook. Now I try to install LO4.1. I have download the archive,
unpacked it and followed the instructions in its readme.
I appreciate your efforts to shift to Free Software. However in the
Linux world unlike in Windows most users use Repositories to install,
manage and update applications. There are many advantages of using repos:
1- The repo itself tracks latest version of applications and so you can
always be updated without the need to download and update your
applications one by one.
2- All packages in a repo are consistent with each other. As you may
know many packages depend on others (i.e. libraries); When you manually
install a software which is not in repo, it may need some libraries
which are not present and so the software may not work properly or it
leads to upgrade of those libraries which may break some other
applications (in case the library upgrade is not backward compatible
e.g. gnome 3.8).
3- You can download and install a .rpm (for fedora and suse) or .deb
(for ubuntu and debian) file of a software. In this case all
dependencies will be checked and only if no incompatibility exists it
allows installation. This method is safer but it lacks automatic upgrade
4- Mostly professional users and usually for specific purposes manually
download archive (.tar.gz) of a software from its website and then
follow the inner instructions to install it. There is a convention to
install manually installed software to /opt (abbreviation for optional)
to differentiate them from software installed from repos. Not only you
can not automatically update software installed with this method, but
also the software may not work properly due to inconsistencies.
5- Windows applications usually solve the inconsistency problem by
installing most of their needed libraries again. This solution usually
ends to applications which occupy huge size on the disk, which is mostly
Therefore I recommend you to install your desired application (e.g.
libreoffice) from OpenSuse repository directly. It seems that the latest
version of LO in OpenSuse 12.3 official repo is 3.6.3. So if you want to
install the latest version of LO, you can use 3rd party repos specific
to OpenSuse. I could find two 3rd party repos for LO for OpenSuse 12.3:
1. Repo named LO Stable with version 4.0.3 with URL
2. Repo named LO Unstable with version 4.1.0 with URL
These repos must update automatically when newer version of LO come out
and so you can update your installed LO in the future only with some
clicks, no more efforts.
For instructions on how to add a repository see:
For the list of all official, semi-official and 3rd party repos see:
I can get the single modules from the application launcher, but there
The instruction mention a directory "desktop-integration" to be in the
folder RPMS, but there is no such directory.
I want to get an icon on the desktop, which launches the start center,
not a specific module. How do I get that?
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