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libreoffice 3.5.0

A quick update for Ubuntu users: LibreOffice 3.5.0 is now available in its official PPA for Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot and 10.04 Lucid Lynx users.

LibreOffice 3.5.0 could already be manually installed by downloading the debs from its website, but the global menu doesn't seem to work using this method and there are some desktop integration issues with KDE.

Add the PPA and upgrade to LibreOffice 3.5.0

To add the PPA and upgrade to the latest LibreOffice 3.5.0 in Ubuntu 11.10 or 10.04, copy/paste the following commands in a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you don't want to use "dist-upgrade", use the Update Manager or Synaptic to upgrade the packages.

The LibreOffice global menu should work when using the packages in the PPA. If it doesn't, removing and reinstalling it should get it working:
sudo apt-get remove lo-menubar
sudo apt-get install lo-menubar

That's it for Ubuntu 11.10.

If you are using Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx with OpenOffice and want to replace it with LibreOffice 3.5 (you can't have both), add the PPA (first two commands above), then use the following commands to remove OpenOffice and install LibreOffice:
sudo apt-get purge openoffice*
sudo apt-get install libreoffice

And finally to get better desktop integration:

- for GNOME:
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome
- for KDE:
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-kde