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The OpenOffice Scribblers PPA was finally updated and it now hosts the latest OpenOffice.org 3.2 packages for Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) for now.

We wrote about installing OpenOffice from the official website and installing Go-OO but those didn't support upgrades since they weren't installed through a repository and also the desktop environment integration wasn't the best, therefore using the packages in the OpenOffice Scribblers PPA is the recommended way of installing / upgrading OpenOffice to version 3.2 in Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic).


Why would you want to upgrade to OpenOffice 3.2? Well, it has many many improvements and just as an example, OpenOffice Calc and Writer start up time should be reduced by 46% in 3.2.


To install / upgrade OpenOffice 3.2 in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, paste the following commands in a terminal:


1. Add the OpenOffice Scribblers PPA repository (remember - for now it only has OpenOffice.org 3.2 packages for Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic!):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openoffice-pkgs/ppa


2.

a) Install OpenOffice 3.2:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install openoffice.org

If you're using Gnome, also install the following package:
sudo apt-get install openoffice.org-gnome

If you're using KDE, also install the following package:
sudo apt-get install openoffice.org-kde


b) Upgrade to OpenOffice 3.2:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade


Note: If you have previously installed OpenOffice from the .deb files provided on the OpenOffice website or Go-OO packages from the Go-OO website, go to System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager, then search for "openoffice" and remove all packages, then proceed with the steps mentioned above for installing OpenOffice 3.2 via the OpenOffice Scribblers PPA repository.


[thanks to paraisolinux for the heads up]
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