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How To Install 3.0.0 On Ubuntu 8.04

This guide shows how you can install the new OpenOffice 3.0.0 office suite on your Ubuntu 8.04 desktop. Your current OpenOffice installation will not be removed unless you uninstall it with Synaptic or on the command line, so you can run both versions in parallel if you like.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Installing OpenOffice 3.0.0

Visit and go to the download section; select the Linux DEB download for your language…


… and save it to your hard drive (e.g. on the desktop):



After the download has finished, open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal)…


… and go to the directory where you’ve saved OpenOffice 3.0 (I’ve saved it on my desktop, /home/falko/Desktop/):

cd /home/falko/Desktop/

Uncompress the archive…

tar xvfz OOo_3.0.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz

… and go to the directory that contains all the .deb packages…

cd OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358/DEBS/

… and install them with one single command:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

If you have decided to uninstall Ubuntu’s OpenOffice package (using Synaptic or the command line), you can also install the OpenOffice 3.0.0 desktop integration package (it contains launchers, etc.) as follows:

cd desktop-integration/
sudo dpkg -i openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9354_all.deb

This works only if you have previously uninstalled Ubuntu’s OpenOffice package (don’t do this if you want to run Ubuntu’s OpenOffice and OpenOffice 3.0.0 in parallel)! If you have not, you will see the following error:

falko@falko-desktop:~/Desktop/OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358/DEBS/desktop-integration$ sudo dpkg -i openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9354_all.deb
[sudo] password for falko:
Selecting previously deselected package
dpkg: regarding openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9354_all.deb containing conflicts with provides and is to be installed.
dpkg: error processing openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9354_all.deb (–install):
conflicting packages – not installing
Errors were encountered while processing:

After you’ve successfully installed the desktop integration package, you can find OpenOffice 3.0.0 launchers under Applications > Office:


After the installation has finished, you can delete the downloaded archive and the OpenOffice directory:

cd ../../
rm -fr OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358 OOo_3.0.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz


2 Creating A Launcher

(This is necessary only if you want to run Ubuntu’s OpenOffice package and OpenOffice 3.0.0 in parallel and therefore could not install the OpenOffice desktop integration package!)

Unfortunately, the installation hasn’t created a launcher for OpenOffice 3.0.0 in our menus (the launcher that you see under Applications > Office is still for your old OpenOffice version), therefore we have to create it manually. Right-click on Applications and select Edit Menus:


Select the Office category and click on New Item:


Fill in a name for the launcher (e.g. OpenOffice 3.0.0 Writer) and then click on the Browse button to find the OpenOffice 3.0.0 executable:


Go to /opt/openoffice.org3/program and pick soffice (/opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice):


Now that you have /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice in the Command field, you can close the Create Launcher window and leave the menu editor:


Now start OpenOffice 3.0.0 (Applications > Office > OpenOffice 3.0.0 Writer):



When you run it for the first time, you will be asked to follow the wizard:


Afterwards you can pick which OpenOffice program you want to use, …


… e.g. OpenOffice Writer:


3 Uninstalling OpenOffice 3.0.0

If you want to uninstall OpenOffice 3.0.0, run this command…

sudo apt-get remove ooobasis3.0-base ooobasis3.0-binfilter ooobasis3.0-calc ooobasis3.0-core01 ooobasis3.0-core02 ooobasis3.0-core03 ooobasis3.0-core04 ooobasis3.0-core05 ooobasis3.0-core06 ooobasis3.0-core07 ooobasis3.0-draw ooobasis3.0-en-us ooobasis3.0-en-us-base ooobasis3.0-en-us-binfilter ooobasis3.0-en-us-calc ooobasis3.0-en-us-draw ooobasis3.0-en-us-help ooobasis3.0-en-us-impress ooobasis3.0-en-us-math ooobasis3.0-en-us-res ooobasis3.0-en-us-writer ooobasis3.0-gnome-integration ooobasis3.0-graphicfilter ooobasis3.0-images ooobasis3.0-impress ooobasis3.0-javafilter ooobasis3.0-kde-integration ooobasis3.0-math ooobasis3.0-onlineupdate ooobasis3.0-ooofonts ooobasis3.0-ooolinguistic ooobasis3.0-pyuno ooobasis3.0-testtool ooobasis3.0-writer ooobasis3.0-xsltfilter openoffice.org3 openoffice.org3-base openoffice.org3-calc openoffice.org3-dict-en openoffice.org3-dict-es openoffice.org3-dict-fr openoffice.org3-draw openoffice.org3-en-us openoffice.org3-impress openoffice.org3-math openoffice.org3-writer

… and delete the launcher in the menu, or, if you have installed the OpenOffice desktop integration package, run

sudo apt-get remove openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus

If the package names differ (e.g. because you’ve installed OpenOffice in another language than I did) and the sudo apt-get remove command displays an error, you can find the correct package names by running

dpkg –list | grep -i ooobasis3.0


dpkg –list | grep -i openoffice.org3


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