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From official sources: LibreOffice is a productivity suite that is compatible with other major office suites, and available on a variety of platforms. It was founded when some members of the Project formed a new group called The Document Foundation, and made available a rebranded fork of which was based on the upcoming 3.3 version.



Starting with MEPIS 11, LibreOffice is installed by default in lieu of

Earlier versions

1. Remove previous Open Office / LibreOffice installations

Notes: This does not remove any documents created with OO or LO

      You must uninstall any previous versions of LibreOffice and OpenOffice. 

To remove: As root, run

apt-get –purge remove openoffice?


apt-get purge libreoffice? mythes-en-us

2. Download LibreOffice

Download LibreOffice from [1]. Select the Debian version ( 32 or 64 bit, depending on your system ). You may probably also want to download the helppack to get the Help files.

3. Install LibreOffice

When you unpack the downloaded archive, you will see that the contents have been decompressed into a sub-directory. Open a file manager window, and change directory to the one starting with "LibO_", followed by the version number and some platform information.

This directory contains a subdirectory called "DEBS". Change directory to the "DEBS" directory.

Right-click within the directory and choose "Open in Terminal". A terminal window will open. From the command line of the terminal window, switch to root and enter the following command.

dpkg -i *.deb

The above dpkg command does the first part of the installation process. To complete the process, you also need to install the desktop integration packages. To do this, change directory to the "desktop-integration" directory that is within the "DEBS" directory, using the following command:

cd desktop-integration

Now run the dpkg command again ( still in root ):

dpkg -i *.deb

Repeat this process for the Help package.

The installation process is now completed, and you should have icons for all the LibreOffice applications in your desktop's Applications/Office menu.

Tips and Hints


To have a thesaurus available, you may need to install a mythes package for your language if it is not installed by default (as American English in MEPIS 11 Final). At the moment, only a few are available, but more are on the way (see the Wheezy list).

After installing, restart LO, then place the cursor on the word of interest and press Ctrl-F7, or click Tools > Language > Thesaurus.

Spell checker

For English speakers other than US, you will need to

  • change everything to UK English after a fresh install: locales, spell-checkers - everything you can find.
  • remove anything relating to US English.
  • if necessary, download the English Spell Checking dictionary from this site; that is an OpenOffice extension but will work with LO and is installed in the usual manner. There is also a New Zealand dictionary here


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