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How to upgrade to Open Office 3.0 on Ubuntu Linux

I use the Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) Linux on my notebook. Not wanting to wait for the availability of OO 3.0 from the repository I went ahead and downloaded the new Open Office 3.0 now that the Open Office web site has provided some alternative download sites for version 3.0.

The upgrade from version 2 to version 3 was actually easy. I’m posting the procedure here on my blog for others.

Procedure for upgrading to Open Office 3.0 in Ubuntu Hardy

Download a copy of the Debian package of Open Office 3.0 from one of the download sites. The name of the file is OOo_3.0.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz. Unpack the tar gzip archive by using the Gnome Archive Manager. You can also unpack it from the command line using the following command:

tar xvzf OOo_3.0.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz

The Debian packages will be located in the OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358 directory under DEB. Leave it for now.

Next, what I did was to remove my current Open Office software using the Synaptic Package Manager (you can probably use the “Add/Remove” from the Applications menu). Just do a search from the Synaptic Package Manager for “openoffice” and mark them for “Complete Removal”. After doing that click on the “Apply” button. That should remove your existing Open Office software but will keep your config files located on your home directory.

Once the older Open Office software has been remove, open a terminal session and go to the OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358DEB directory of the unpacked Open Office 3.0 setup files and issue the following command:

dpkg -i *.deb desktop-integration/*.deb

Don’t forget to include the installation of the Debian file inside the desktop-integration directory. It is required for the proper setup of the Open Office menu items.

That should install Open Office 3.0 in Ubuntu like it did in my computer. When you run OO 3.0 for the first time it will ask if you want to migrate your old config files into the new 3.0 setup. Just choose “Yes” and it should work smoothly.

When I started using the new Open Office, I didn’t notice any glaring changes apart from the fact that I notice the apps are now running faster. And of course the new graphics.


Note for Users that use the Open Office Editor Integration plugin for Eclipse called NOA4e

My upgrade broke the Open Office Editor Integration plugin in my Eclipse setup. After some Googling I found out that I need to upgrade my plugin to version 2.0.11.

The required files are not available for download from the NOA4e site. What I did was to use the Eclipse update manager to update to 2.0.11. After updating NOA4e, Open Office editor integration under Eclipse works again.

Gerry Ilagan

Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.

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