Bear Market

It’s Budget day, so I feel like a bear.

Not because I’ll lose out, but because I just gave up cigarettes.

Forgive me then if I’m a bit grumpier than usual, it’s nothing personal.

Meanwhile, I’m going to talk about OpenOffice.org one more time, (lets face it, what could be better for your bottom line on Budget Day than something you can use for free) then I promise to shut up about it and get on to other topics.

Installing OOo on Windows is easy. Just download the .exe file, double click it, and the wizard guides you through the setup options.

Adding it to my Linux machine (I run Ubuntu/Hardy Heron) took a little more work.

First, you need to open the terminal. Click on Applications|Accessories|Terminal.

Remove the old version of Open Office

sudo apt-get remove openoffice*.*

Get the new version and unzip it

wget http://openofficeorg.secsup.org/stable/3.0.0/OOo_3.0.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz

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

Change directory and install the new version

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

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Finally, you need to add menu entries for the new version

cd desktop-integration

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

And that’s all there is to it. You now have an up-to-date Open Office install.

With thanks to Quick Tweaks.

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By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and tweeter, yet still finds himself underemployed. Go figure.

One comment

  1. I’d no idea you smoked. Well done giving them up. Stopped myself on 20 August 2005; second-best decision I ever made.

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