Installing OpenOffice 2.4 on Ubuntu Gutsy

As Ubuntu is gearing up for its next big release - Hardy Heron, it seems unlikely that the new open office package would be added on to the gutsy repositories. . But let it not deter us from trying them out. This new release packs in a lot of really cool features. In this post, let me show you the steps of installing the new OpenOffice on your existing system.

1.Remove all the previous installation instances of OOo. Go to synaptics, search and remove all openoffice.org2 packages
$ sudo synaptic

2.Now, download the Linux Deb package tarball for your language from the official OOo website
Save it to your home folder (or any other place)

3. Open your terminal. Go to the dowloaded location and extract this files.
$ tar -vxzf OOo_2.4.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz

4. Go to the extracted folder and install the package
$ cd OOH680_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9286/DEBS
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

5. To update the Gnome Menu, go to the desktop integration subfolder
$ cd desktop-integration
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

6. First run requires you to read and agree to the terms and conditions. Enjoy using openoffice.
$ openoffice.org2.4