How To: Install Open Office 3.1 from .debs in 9.04 Jaunty

Open Office 3.1 is out with much new goodness, and I don’t want to have to wait for it to make its way to the standard repositories or add any 3rd party repos to my sources.list plus the repo keys, so I’m just gonna go with the debs. Here’s how:

1.) Remove/Purge the current version of Open Office from your system however you see fit. Synaptic Package Manager would do it.

2.) Get yourself an appropriate Open Office 3.1 package in .deb format (i.e. for 64 Bit Linux I’ve grabbed the OOo_3.1.0_LinuxX86-64_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz file from here)

2.) Extract the downloaded package somewhere and navigate to it in a bash terminal/console

3.) In the terminal, go into the DEBS sub-folder in wherever you extracted Open Office and run:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

4.) Once that’s installed, go into the desktop-integration folder and run sudo dpkg -i *.deb again there to install the menu shortcuts.

Tap-tap. Job done.

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