Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Update OpenOffice.org in Ubuntu

Ubuntu comes with OpenOffice.org preinstalled. OpenOffice.org is a free and open source office productivity suite designed as an alternative to Microsoft Office. Since Microsoft has yet to release Office for Linux, having this alternative available is important. OpenOffice.org is just about as good as Office for most things that most users will ever want to do. The version of OpenOffice.org that comes with Ubuntu is not the most recent. However, updating to the most current version, which is a major improvement over the prepackaged version, is relatively easy.

Add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu intrepid main
Enter the following lines at the Terminal:
gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 60D11217247D1CFF
gpg --export --armor 60D11217247D1CFF | sudo apt-key add -
sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude full-upgrade
And there you have it, fully updated OpenOffice.org, plus any other system updates that are available.

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