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As I said before, I don't use Mint and claim no Mint or Linux expertise. 
I'm just an average Ubuntu user learning my way through. And, even then, 
my Ubuntu relationship is love/hate. When it works I love it; when it 
doesn't I wipe it off my computer and go back to Windows. After getting 
tired of how slow Windows is, I then reinstall Ubuntu and try again.

If it were me, I would try Method 1. Mint is based on Ubuntu and I 
believe it uses the same PPAs. Someone on this list confirmed that in 
response to my earlier message, but I sadly deleted the email before 
remembering his name. From what I understand, Method 1 and Method 2 do 
exactly the same thing. Method 1 is more "manual" and Method 2 uses a 
GUI, but either way, you're adding a repository and updating the system. 
Once you get comfortable with using a terminal, Method 1 is certainly 
easier and faster.

But to cover my butt, I'll advise you to check with someone who actually 
uses Mint, perhaps the earlier poster here or someone on the Mint forum.

Good luck.


On 11/03/2016 10:38 PM, Ken Springer wrote:
On 10/31/16 6:45 PM, Virgil Arrington wrote:
Here's how I did it with Ubuntu 14.04LTS. I imagine it might work 
with Mint, which is based on Ubuntu.

Method 1

I opened a command line terminal (With Ubuntu, it's Ctrl-Alt-t).

I typed in the following commands, hitting <enter> after each line.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-5-1

sudo apt-get update

After typing in the first line, you'll be prompted for your user 
password. The first line adds the repository for LO 5.1.x. The second 
line automatically updates your system to use it.

Method 2

You can do the same thing through Synaptic Package Manager. Open 
Synaptic and click on Settings and then Repositories. In the 
Repositories dialog, click on Other Software, then click Add. Then 
type in ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-5-1 and click Add Source. You 
will be prompted to reload your software sources. Once you do that, 
you can click Mark All Upgrades. Synaptic will mark the LO packages 
that are to be updated. Click Apply and you'll be upgraded.

Again, I've used both methods with Ubuntu. That said, I am not by any 
means an experienced Linux user. I tend to use Synaptic for all my 
software installation needs. I've never downloaded and installed a 
*.deb file. Instructions for these methods are found at:

I don't know enough about Mint to know if it will work properly, but 
since Mint is based on Ubuntu, I tend to believe it will.


Hi, Virgil,

Method 2 does not work for me.  Theory, the Synaptic Package Manager 
in 17.3 is a bit different than what you have seen.  The exact steps 
you mentioned can't be done, and I made my "best guess" as to the 
correct selections I see in 17.3 here.  What I've ended up with is a 
cursor that indicates things are locked up.  On my Mac, it would be 
the "spinning beach ball of death", in Windows the endless rotating 
hourglass cursor.  LOL

I can hop over to the Linux Mint forums about this if that is your 
suggestion.  Or I can go ahead and try Method 1.

For others following this thread, I have a number of messages flagged 
to reply to, but I want to work with Method 2 and see if I can get it 
to work before replying to the flagged messages.


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