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.
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.