Friday, January 13, 2012

Install LibreOffice on Debian Linux

LibreOffice consists of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation functions. It can be found on this page. I choose the "Linux x86 (deb)" version for my computer.

To install this software, type the commands:

tar xfv '/locationOfTheFile/LibO_3.3.4_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz'
I should see:
LibO_3.3.4rc1_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US/
LibO_3.3.4rc1_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US/DEBS/

LibO_3.3.4rc1_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US/DEBS/desktop-integration/
LibO_3.3.4rc1_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US/DEBS/desktop-integration/libreoffice3.3-debian-menus_3.3-401_all.deb
LibO_3.3.4rc1_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US/DEBS/libobasis3.3-en-us-res_3.3.4-19_i386.deb
...
LibO_3.3.4rc1_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US/DEBS/libobasis3.3-images_3.3.4-19_i386.deb
LibO_3.3.4rc1_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US/DEBS/libreoffice3-dict-es_3.3.4-19_i386.deb
LibO_3.3.4rc1_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US/readmes/
LibO_3.3.4rc1_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US/readmes/README_en-US
LibO_3.3.4rc1_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US/update
Type:
cd LibO_3.3.4rc1_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US/
cd DEBS
dpkg -i *.deb
I should see:
Selecting previously deselected package libobasis3.3-base.
(Reading database ... 74590 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking libobasis3.3-base (from libobasis3.3-base_3.3.4-19_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package libobasis3.3-binfilter.
Unpacking libobasis3.3-binfilter (from libobasis3.3-binfilter_3.3.4-19_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package libobasis3.3-calc.
...
Setting up libobasis3.3-calc (3.3.4-19) ...
Setting up libreoffice3-base (3.3.4-19) ...
Setting up libreoffice3-calc (3.3.4-19) ...
Processing triggers for menu ...
Type:
cd desktop-integration/
dpkg -i *.deb
I should see:
Selecting previously deselected package libreoffice-debian-menus.
(Reading database ... 81703 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking libreoffice-debian-menus (from libreoffice3.3-debian-menus_3.3-401_all.deb) ...
Setting up libreoffice-debian-menus (3.3-401) ...
/usr/bin/gtk-update-icon-cache 
...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
Processing triggers for menu ...




I can start LibreOffice by clicking on "Applications", "Office" and "LibreOffice 3.3 Writer". To make a shortcut on Desktop, I can right-click on "LibreOffice 3.3 Writer" and select "Add this launcher to desktop".

Here is what I see when I start LibreOffice Writer:

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