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I had not been able to install Ubuntu's "gnome-desktop" on my clean install of 12.04 or test of 13.04. I keep getting errors about file not found that were needed for the install.

I use MATE since it is closest to GNOME 2.x that was installed with Ubuntu 10.04LTS. I do not like Unity or similar desktop environments. I have not been able to install Cinnamon desktop on any 12.04/13.05 test system though, but it is another desktop environment that is a good GNOME substitute, if you like what Ubuntu had before Unity came along.

I always use the LO web site version of LO and not any PPA or Ubuntu repository version of LO. I believe that the repository for 12.04LTS is still using version 3.5.x or 3.6.x. I prefer to go to download the latest version of LO and not wait for the repository to get it, which does not happen anyways now.

On 12/31/2013 03:38 PM, Bala subramanian wrote:
Hi all,
Thank you all for your inputs. I could solve the problem just by installing
gnome-desktop. I tried re-installing libreoffice. With ubuntu unity, ubuntu
2D. The problem persists.

I installed gnome-desktop and now i am able to use the office or
highlighting or font changes without any problem. I could conclude that it
is the problem with the desktop (for a reason that i dnt understand) and
not the libreoffice.


On Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 8:18 PM, M Henri Day <> wrote:

2013/12/31 Don C. Myers <>


I have no problems with LibreOffice in Ubuntu  13.10 on several
different computers.I use the version from The document foundation, and
from Ubuntu.
If you are using the Ubuntu version and wish to try The Document
Foundation version, you must purge your system of all of the Ubuntu
version. Instructions can be found here:


On 12/31/2013 12:43 PM, tk wrote:

Bala subramanian  wrote:

  I am using libreoffice Version: in ubuntu 12.04. I am able to
Known bug in Ubuntu 12.04.
AFAIK, the only work around is to use a different distro.  Specifically
distro that nebver came close to Ubuntu, as its base.(That rules out
which exhibits the same bug, albeit far less frequently.)


Don, I can - and probably should - mention that I'm running
1:4.1.4~rc2-0ubuntu1~saucy1~ppa1, i e, the Ubuntu version installed via the
PPA on my machine, without experiencing the difficulties described by Bala
on Ubuntu 12.04....


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