LibreOffice is a fork of the popular OpenOffice. The fork was done due to differences between the OpenOffice community and Oracle.
Development for LibreOffice has been going on for a while now and it is currently in its second release candidate. LibreOffice and OpenOffice cannot be installed side-by-side. So, to install LibreOffice, users had to manually remove OpenOffice, which is quite bothersome, before installing the LibreOffice .deb file.
However, to make installation in Ubuntu and its derivatives easier, the LibreOffice developers has made a PPA. In addition to making it easier to install, installing from the PPA will ensure that users get the updates regularly.
Before you install LibreOffice through this PPA, remember that it will remove OpenOffice automatically. Also keep in mind that this is not the final release yet.
So, to install LibreOffice, open the Terminal and execute the following commands:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install libreoffice
If you start LibreOffice now, you will notice that it looks very ugly. To make it looks consistent with the other applications, execute the command below:
$ sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome
$ sudo apt-get install libreoffice-kde