Name: [11466] emmajane
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Description: My name is Emma Jane Hogbin. I live and work in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. I build on-line communities and work with not-for-profit organizations on the implementation of technology-facilitated communications. I blog at ...

Screen cast: upgrading to OOov3 [ID:939] (1/1)

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In this tutorial I show you how to upgrade 2.4.1 to version 3 on Ubuntu 8.10, the Intrepid Ibex release. version three is the WYSIWYG editor of choice for the Ubuntu Desktop Course team. Of course if you are comfortable working in a text editor, that's fine too.

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Hi, my name is Emma Jane and in this tutorial I'm going to show you how to upgrade 2.4.1 to version 3 on Ubuntu 8.10, the Intrepid Ibex release. version three is the WYSIWYG editor of choice for the Ubuntu Desktop Course team. Of course if you are comfortable working in a text editor, that's fine too.

The instructions from this screen cast are based on an article found at If you would prefer a text version of this screen cast, please visit their site for more information.

Unfortunately didn't quite make the cutoff to be included in the 8.10 release of Ubuntu. You can still install this program in its beta form. This package is not officially supported by Ubuntu (although it does work and I am using it in a productive, production environment); however, there are some bugs.

For example, I have stumbled across a bug whereby you cannot edit MS Word files with a table of contents. The bug has been fixed by OpenOffice, but when this screen cast was first released, the package you are about to install had not applied the patch. version three does, however, support DocBook XML editing with no extra gimmicks or work on your part. For me the trade-off is worth it and I have upgraded my machine. If you do a Web search you will also find information on how to run both OpenOffice version 2.4 and 3.0 from the same machine. This screen cast, however, does not cover that information.

Ok. Enough chatter, it's gettadder.

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The first thing you will need to do is let Ubuntu know where it can find the updated version of OpenOffice. Packages have been uploaded to Launchpad to make this process a whole lot easier. 

Navigate to the System menu and choose: Administration, Software Sources. This process requires administrator access. You will need to enter your password to proceed.

From the Software Sources administration menu you will need to choose the second tab, "Third party software." Click on the "Add" button and enter the following line:

and click "Add source."

Let me show you that information in a larger font.

there are four parts to this string of text.
1) deb -- this is a debian package
2) -- the location of the package
3) Intrepid is the version of Ubuntu this package will work on.
4) main. The Ubuntu software repository is divided into four components - main, restricted, universe and multiverse - Main is the good stuff.

Now you wait a while for Ubuntu to update its list of packages. This took several minutes for me.

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When it is ready you will see the orange "update manager" light up in the top right of your screen. Click it to start the upgrade process. This process will take a very long time depending on your Internet connection speed. I think it took me over an hour. We'll watch it for a little bit and then I'll skip ahead to the fun stuff.

After approving the installation I'm greeted with a warning. This is because the package is a "personal package archive" and not one of the main Ubuntu packages. That's fine. Accept the warning and continue with the upgrade.

We're getting close to the end of our download at this point. Once the download has finished you will still need to install the packages. Again, this will take a while to actually do the installation. You can watch the process if you want, but I think you'll find the process to be smooth sailing from here on in. Eventually it will finish up and you will be able to launch your brand new version of!

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SHort and informative, could use a larger screen size!

5. anonymous Wed, 10 Jun 2009 11:41

I like it, that's good - if possible better if more technical

go on! thanks a lot Massimo


Thanks for your comment! The method you described will work for a one-shot install of It will not, however, keep up to date. Using the method described above enters the new version of OOo into the package manager. Whenever a new version of the OOo package is available, the package manager will ask you if you would like to update your version of OOo to the latest available version.

Your way of doing things will also work, but it's a bit different. You should create a screen cast of your own with the method you described!



Nice tutorial.

There is another way to install openoffice and that is download it from open office direct.

Ubuntu usually breaks open office some where.


nstallling OpenOffice 3:


navigate to openoffice folder and run the folllowing command in the terminal:

cd /home/dai/Desktop/OpenOffice-3/DEBS/

dpkg -i *.deb

navigate into OpenOffice-3/DEBS/desktop-integration

cd desktop-integration

dpkg -i *.deb

as you can see I renamed the openoffice folder to make my life easier.

sorry for hijacking theis comment.


Nice! And the audio is spot on. This is the kind of instruction that screencasts seem tailor-made for. I've no need for an office suite myself but having upgraded a friend to v3 recently it would have been great to just point them to a friendly video. Good that you explained the deb sourcelist a bit though i'd probably demur viz main being where the good stuff is - sometimes only unstable will do ;)

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