Concerned that Oracle might not continue supporting OpenOffice.org fully, some Open Office developers have formed a new organization, The Document Foundation to create a ‘fork’ office suite, LibreOffice. On 01-25-11, The Document Foundation released LibreOffice 3.3.
Currently, LibreOffice is nearly identical to OpenOffice.org. You might notice only slight differences. Any document you have created in OpenOffice.org, you can edit in LibreOffice. Likewise, any document you create or edit in LibreOffice, you can later open and edit in OpenOffice.org.
Note: Installing LIbreOffice overwrites your current OpenOffice.org installation. Of course, this does not affect your documents. Also, you can reinstall OpenOffice.org at any time.
This document explains how to install LibreOffice 3.3 on Ubuntu 10.10, and how to add a grammar checker to it.
Installing LibreOffice 3.3 on Ubuntu 10.10
The Document Foundation provides a Personal Package Archive (PPA), through which you can easily install LibreOffice 3.3 on Ubuntu 10.10. For more information, please see Ubuntu Geek: LibreOffice PPA and/or Help Desk Screeds: Install LibreOffice. To install LibreOffice 3.3 on Ubuntu 10.10, do the following:
1 – Click “Applications,” select “Accessories,” and then click “Terminal.”
2 – After the $ prompt, type “sudo-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa”, and then enter your password as required.
3 – Type “sudo apt-get update”.
4 – After the updates, type “sudo apt-get install libreoffice” to install LibreOffice into a PPA section of Ubuntu Software Center as shown in the first image above.
5 – After the installation, type “sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome”.
6 – To start any LibreOffice application, click “Applications,” select “Office,” and then select and click a LibreOffice icon.
Note: You can also start a LibreOffice application by double-clicking a document file. For example, if you double-click any ODT file, such as filename.odt, that you had created previously through OpenOffice.org Writer, it opens in LibreOffice Writer.
Installing a LibreOffice Grammar Checker
Similar to OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice does include have a built-in grammar checker. You need to install an extension. To install a grammar checker into LibreOffice, do the following:
1 – Open Writer in LibreOffice, click “Tools,” click “Extension Manager,” and then click “Get more extensions online.”
2 – Scroll to, and then double-click, “LanguageTool.”
3 – Click “Get it!”
4 – Select “Open with LibreOffice (default),” and then click “OK” to display a LibreOffice prompt.
5 – Click “OK” to add the LanguageTool extension as shown in the second image above.
Hopefully, this document has helped you install and run LIbreOffice 3.3 on Ubuntu 10.10.