Ruminations on the Digital Realm

Jan Stedehouder

OpenOffice 3.0 beta available, install it on Ubuntu

The development of the next OpenOffice.org is progressing nicely. You can get your hands dirty on the beta2 RC1 release. As always, it isn’t recommended for a production machine, but this is your chance to contribute to a quality release by finding and reporting bugs. Maybe the list of new features can convince you.

When you download and unpack the package you are confronted with a new folder under which you can find the folder DEBS. This has a plethora of deb packages. Do you need to click them all, one by one? Fortunately not. This is what you to:

  1. unpack the tar.gz file
  2. open a Terminal and cd to the new folder
  3. cd to the DEBS folder
  4. now use: sudo dpkg -i *.deb
  5. once finished you can launch the new OpenOffice 3.0 with /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice

For easy access you can create a new application launcher on your desktop or your menu panel.

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