Libreoffice is the fork of Openoffice.org. And it is the largest fork project in opensource. It is a great effort to save openoffice.org and continue the development in Free software domain. As of now it is the best office suite available in opensouce kingdom. The alternative office suite Koffice is coming up. The beta of 2.3.0 branch of Koffice released. Some products are ready for professional use. So it is very important to save openoffice.org. Another fork of Openoffice is Go-oo is also there on the way.
LibreOffice is a productivity suite that is compatible with other major office suites, and available on a variety of platforms. It is free software and therefore free to download, use and distribute.
‘LibreOffice to ship in Ubuntu’
‘The Ubuntu Project will be pleased to ship LibreOffice from The Document Foundation in future releases of Ubuntu’ said Mark Shuttleworth on the launch, describing office software a ‘critical component’ of the open source desktop.
Oracle, whose acquisition of Sun Microsystems last year made it owner of OpenOffice.org’s assets and branding hence the renaming, are not yet a member of The Document Foundation although have been invited to join.
Libreoffice Beta In Ubuntu 10.10
It is adviced to remove Existing Openoffice.org to install the new Libreoffice. Because both product are same. Using same libraries. using same ecosystem etc.. And Libreoffice is on Beta – [Not use for production Enviroments] But it is stable enough. It includes various patches that not included in openoffice.org from the community.
The early focus will be on polishing the existing code, and absorbing the various community patches that are typically incorporated in the versions of OpenOffice.org used by most GNU / Linux distributions. The major distributions, including Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora and SUSE, will ship with LibreOffice in preference to OpenOffice.
Install Libreoffice on Ubuntu 10.10
Remove openoffice package.
sudo apt-get remove openoffice*.*
- Download appropriate version from here
- Extract the file to ~/Desktop
- Rename the file as libreoffice
- Enter the following command into terminal and wait for the proccess to finish.
- Run the following command to finish the installation:
Nice script, but may i suggest to change the desktop integration command so it works also with newer versions. I used this: sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/libreoffice/DEBS/desktop-integration/*.deb