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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 in 2010 when some members of the Project formed a new group called The Document Foundation, and made available a rebranded fork of



Starting with MEPIS 11, LibreOffice is installed by default in lieu of To update to a more current version, you can follow the instructions in the section below.

MEPIS 8.5 and earlier

1. You must first remove previous OpenOffice / LibreOffice installations

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

To remove, Run as root:

apt-get –purge remove openoffice?


apt-get purge libreoffice? mythes-en-us

2. Download LibreOffice

Goto the LibreOffice Download site and select the Linux (deb): x86 (32 bit) or x86_64 (64-bit), depending on your system. Select your language and version on the next pages. You will then download a tar.gz file and save it somewhere on your computer.

You may probably also want to download the helppack .tar.gz file if you want the LibreOffice Help files.

3. Install LibreOffice

When you unpack the downloaded tar.gz file, you will see that the contents have been extracted/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

4. Repeat this process for the Help package.

The installation process is now completed, though you may have to logout/login or reboot for all changes to take effect. You should have icons for all the LibreOffice applications in KMenu > Applications > Office menu. Also, because they are no longer needed, you should delete the tar.gz files and the extracted directories.

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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