EeeBuntu 2 is based upon Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex release) which sadly does not include OpenOffice.org 2.4.1 in the official repositories used for installing software onto a Ubuntu based PC. However, if you want the latest and greatest version of the free OpenOffice suite its relatively straightforward to install.
Click the “Add/Remove Software” menu item in the Administration menu. This will start Synaptic, the application used to manage the installing of software on Ubuntu based Linux PCs.
In Synaptic click on the “Settings” menu and then select the “Repository” menu item. In the new window click the “New” button and enter the following details for the OpenOffice 3 repository:
- URL: http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu
- Distribution: intrepid
- Sections: main
Then click the “OK” button and the new OpenOffice 3 repository will be added.
Then click the “Reload” button to force Synaptic to refresh the list of software that it knows about.
Now OpenOffice 3 will show in the repository list and will be available for installing. If you’ve already installed a previous version of OpenOffice then the automatic update service will identify that the upgrade is available and will prompt you to perform an update of your system, after which you’ll have OpenOffice 3 installed.
Alternatively for those more familiar with terminal you may like to use the following method. First from terminal open the sources.list file:
$ gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
add the following lines to the bottom of the sources.list file and save the file:
Then from terminal run the following two commands to force an upgrade to the latest version of OpenOffice (assuming you already have an older version installed).
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade