Monday 16 June 2014

How to install LibreOffice 4.2 in Linux

LibreOffice is one of the most widely used office suite for Linux users. It is a free and open source office suite developed by The Document Foundation comprising programs to do word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, diagrams and drawings, databases and much more. LibreOffice provides compatibility with Microsoft Office and the documents can be imported to LibreOffice that are developed in MS Office. 

How to install LibreOffice 4.2 in Linux

Application included in LibreOffice

Writer Similar to MS Word, it works as a word processor and can be used as a basic text editor. 

Calc A Spreadsheet program

Impress A presentation program, can be exported to swf format hence can be viewed on any system with Adobe Flash Player.

Draw A vector graphics editor and diagramming tool 

Math Designed for creating and editing mathematical formula

Base A database management system

LibreOffice is licensed under LGPLv3. 

In this article, I am going to tell you how to remove earlier LibreOffice installations and install LibreOffice 4.2 on Linux. The article mainly focus on installing LibreOffice 4.2 on Debian/Ubuntu based distributions. 

Uninstall earlier LibreOffice installation

You can install LibreOffice 4.2 along with previous versions without much problem. In case you want to uninstall the earlier version to free up your resources, 

sudo apt-get remove libreoffice-core

Install LibreOffice 4.2 in Linux

You can download LibreOffice 4.2 from the official website.

You can extract this tar.gz file through terminal or by right clicking on it and extracting it.

After extracting, open a terminal and navigate to the current directory using cd command. Read more : Keyboard shortcuts within Terminal

Finall, install the LibreOffice package you have downloaded. 

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

To install the program shortcuts in the menu, navigate to the "desktop-integration" sub directory, and run the following command

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Finally, you have installed LibreOffice 4.2 in your Linux system. This process will work in all Debian based / Ubuntu based distributions like Mint, *buntu, Debian etc. 


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