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Libreoffice 4.2 is released install on Ubuntu / Fedora

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Document Foundation Released the New Libreoffice 4.2 with lot of new features. The Libreoffice 4.2 is now available on main PPA of ubuntu. The new version brings better interoperability with Microsoft OOXML, a new monochrome icon set (not enabled by default), GNOME 3 Application Menu integration and more. Libreoffice 4.2 comes with large number of performance and interoperability improvements. 

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Most important changes in LibreOffice 4.2:
  • complete interoperability with Microsoft OOXML, particularly for DOCX, as well as legacy RTF, has improved considerably;
  • an import filter for Abiword documents.
  • improvements to other import/export filters.
  • new calc engine for massive parallel calculations of formula cells using GPU via OpenCL. Thanks to the new formular interpreter.
  • better integration with Windows 7 and 8, with thumbnails of open documents now grouped by application and a list of recent documents, both showing on the task bar, along with other Windows-specific improvements;
  • power and enterprise users on all platforms will like the new Expert Configuration window, which has been added to the Options tab;
  • a brand new start screen with more cleaner layout that makes better use of the available space – even on netbooks – and shows a preview of the last ODF documents;
  • Writer: A New default template;
  • GNOME Shell Application Menu integration;
  • support MATE and XFCE Desktops (native Open/Save dialogs);
  • a new set of icons has been included in LibreOffice 4.2. This icon set, named Sifr, was designed to reach the goal of having beautiful non-distracting icons to help the user concentrate on the document;
  • New side pane with lot of controls

Install Libreoffice 4.2 on Ubuntu 13.10 and 14.04

Libreoffice 4.2 is still not on the stable release. So if some problem happens then revert back to old Libreoffice with pp purge.
PPA description says, this isn’t for the average user so only use this PPA if you know how to use ppa-purge to revert the changes in case something doesn’t work as expected. However, “it is way better to use packages from this PPA than using the *.deb files that The Document Foundation provides upstream”, mentions the PPA description.

 

That said, let’s proceed with the installation. If you’re using Ubuntu 13.10 or 12.04 (and derivatives) with LibreOffice installed from the official repositories, open a terminal and copy/paste the following commands to upgrade to LibreOffice 4.2:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Important: when running “dist-upgrade”, make sure it doesn’t remove some important system packages!

Libreoffice 4.2 revert changes

 

If you want to revert the changes and downgrade LibreOffice to the version available in the official Ubuntu repositories, you can use PPA Purge:
sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Download LibreOffice 4.2

 

(available for Windows, Mac OS X or Linux (dep and rpm) as well as source files)

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