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openoffice 3.2

I initially wanted to wait for the PPA (OpenOffice Scribblers) to get OpenOffice 3.2 but it seems that takes way too much time and I'm not going to wait until Ubuntu Lucid Lynx (10.04) to install the latest OpenOffice 3.2 (even though Ubuntu uses OO-Go, an optimized version of OpenOffice), so I decided to download and install OOo 3.2 on my Ubuntu Karmic from its official website. The installation was very easy and fast so I wanted to share the steps with any WebUpd8 readers who don't want to wait for the PPA (which might take a long time) or Ubuntu Lucid to upgrade (well, actually do a fresh install) to OpenOffice.org 3.2.

Before proceeding to the OpenOffice 3.2 installation (from its website), please note that there are quite a few differences between this version of OpenOffice.org and the OpenOffice.org version from the Ubuntu repositories! Like I said above, Ubuntu uses an optimized version of OpenOffice.org called OO-Go. Read more about OO-Go, HERE.

If you want to install Go-OO (from it's official website, not Ubuntu repositories) 3.2 in Ubuntu, see: How To Install Go-OO 3.2 In Ubuntu Linux.

How to install OpenOffice 3.2 in Ubuntu

1. The first thing you need to do (very important) is completely remove any OpenOffice packages you may have installed on your Ubuntu computer:
sudo apt-get remove openoffice*

2. Then, to download and install OpenOffice 3.2 in Ubuntu, simply copy & paste the commands below in a terminal (what the commands do is download the .tar.gz archive which includes Ubuntu .deb files, extract the files and then install them all recursively):

Ubuntu 32bit:
wget http://download.services.openoffice.org/files/stable/3.2.0/OOo_3.2.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz
tar -xvf OOo_3.2.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz
cd OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483/
sudo dpkg -iR DEBS/

Ubuntu 64bit:
wget http://download.services.openoffice.org/files/stable/3.2.0/OOo_3.2.0_LinuxX86-64_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz
tar -xvf OOo_3.2.0_LinuxX86-64_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz
cd OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483/
sudo dpkg -iR DEBS/

If you want to manually download OpenOffice 3.2 .debs, get the archive from HERE (chose either "Linux 32-bit DEB" or "Linux 64-bit DEB" depending on your Ubuntu installed architecture).

Please note that the commands above are customized for the US language OpenOffice.org. If you download OpenOffice 3.2 for a different language, adjust the language in the file names in the commands!

Update: The OpenOffice Packagers PPA now has OpenOffice 3.2 for Ubuntu Karmic