How To Install OpenOffice 3.2 in Ubuntu 9.10

OpenOffice 3.2 has been out for about a month now. It has various improvements over the previous version like faster startup time, support for open standards like ODF and better compatibility with Microsoft Office 2007.

Although it has been out for more than a month, it is still not (and probably never be) available in the official repository for Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. As makes the source available at the time of the release, it is possible to install it using the source right at the time of release in Ubuntu Karmic as well. However, installing from source cannot exactly be called user friendly and you will not get updates if you installed from the source. So, even if you had installed it from source earlier, it is recommended that you install it with this method.

The Scribblers team in Launchpad has however packaged and put up OpenOffice 3.2 in their PPA. So, to install OpenOffice 3.2 in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, follow these steps:

  • Open Terminal/Konsole.
  • Add the PPA using the command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openoffice-pkgs/ppa

  • Update the software list with the command:

sudo apt-get update

  • If you have installed OpenOffice 3.2 from source, remove it with the command:

sudo apt-get remove openoffice*

  • Now, install OpenOffice with the command:

sudo apt-get install

  • If you have GNOME, run the command:

sudo apt-get install

  • If you have KDE SC, run

sudo apt-get install openoffice-kab

Now that the installation is done. You can find OpenOffice under Applications -> Office in GNOME. In KDE SC, you will find it under KickOff -> Applications -> Office.

OpenOffice location in GNOME Menu
OpenOffice in KDE SC's KickOff Menu

12 thoughts on “How To Install OpenOffice 3.2 in Ubuntu 9.10”

      1. 1. The download is around 200 MB (Cannot remember the exact number.)
        2. KDE SC is a Desktop Environment and Ubuntu is the whole distro (with GNOME as the DE). So, technically you cannot compare them. However, you can try out KDE SC in Ubuntu, which is what Kubuntu is. All that you have to do is run the command sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

  1. I have been using OpenOffice 3.2 on all my computers on my favorite OS Ubuntu.

    I can vouch for Ubuntu 9.10 running OpenOffice 3.2 flawlessly & yes OpenOffice 3.2 is definitely worth the upgrade.

  2. I just tried installing 3.2 following the above instructions; it failed fairly badly (e.g., Tools->Options killed Writer with the error "X-Error: BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation) / Major opcode: 53 (X_CreatePixmap)"). I had installed over the top of OpenOffice 3.1, so I tried the "sudo apt-get remove openoffice*" suggested for prior installations of OO 3.2 and repeated the suggested steps. The resulting 3.2 installation appears to work perfectly.

    I suggest replacing "If you have installed OpenOffice 3.2 from source" with "If you have installed OpenOffice", as the "remove" step appears to be required for at least OO 3.1 and should be harmless if unneeded.

  3. I'm running Ubuntu 8.04 – Hardy Heron and OO.o 3.0.0.
    May I use the described install process?
    Thanks a lot!

  4. HELP!
    I can't get this to work. After the very first command (and, of course, supplying my password, for the 'sudo apt-get…", after about three minutes I get a "keyring timed out; keyring failed", or some such. This has happened twice. Conclusion: it will keep happening.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks, and warmest regards…


  5. As like Ms-Office, I do not find an application equivalent to MS-Access in Open Office. How to include it? Moreover, the Macros created in Ms-Excel Spreadsheet are not shown when opened in Open Office Calc? Can this problem be resolved.

  6. In your Windows based Open Office 2.4, I could see Base, Calc, Draw, Impress, Math, Writer whereas I recently installed Open Office 3.2 on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS the Lucid Lynx where I could not see Base & Math. Pls suggest how to include these missing applications.

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