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HOW TO: Upgrade to LibreOffice 4 on Ubuntu 12.10

March 6, 2013

Okay – time to ditch LibreOffice 3.6 on one of my Ubuntu machines and install version 4.0.  This is intended as just a quick Down and Dirty post on the steps I took.  If you have any questions just leave a comment and I’d be happy to expound.

Step 1: Download the latest stable version of LibreOffice: 32-bit -or- 64-bit.  (English version)

NOTE: If you aren’t sure which version of Ubuntu you are running click the [Dash] button (top-left Ubuntu logo) and type “system monitor” and press [Enter].  Press the “System” tab at the top.  The displayed screen will specify 32 or 64 bit:

Determining Ubuntu version

Determining 32-bit or 64-bit Ubuntu install

Command Line (CLI) method:

NOTE: To open a terminal window click the [Dash] button (top-left Ubuntu logo) and type “terminal” and press [Enter].

uname -m

and if the output says i686 then it is 32-bit.  If it says x86_64 then you have 64 bit Ubuntu OS installed.

Step 2: Remove the 3.6 version that came with Ubuntu 12.10

sudo apt-get purge libreoffice*

Step 3: Expand the download gzipped archive.  You can use Natualis to navigate to it and expand it via the GUI.  Or just use the command line (easier in my book):

cd ~/Downloads

  (or wherever your Download directory is)

tar zxvf LibreOffice_4.*_Linux_*_deb.tar.gz

Step 4: Install core components:

cd LibreOffice_*_Linux_*_deb/DEBS
sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Step 5: Install desktop integration packages:

cd desktop-integration
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
libre-office-4

LibreOffice 4 installed on Ubuntu 12.10

DONE!  Let me know if anyone has any questions or input.

Cheers,
Mike

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