[opensuse] openoffice 3.4 from source works great - export OOO_FORCE_DESKTOP=gnome
- From: "David C. Rankin" <drankinatty@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 15:31:10 -0500
Just passing along my experience with the Apache OpenOffice 3.4 release - excellent for the first Apache release. It recreates all prior OO documents without the character/paragraph spacing issue that found its way into LO. It runs fantastic on 11.4 (I presume it will do the same on 12.x as well) The install is simple, but -- uninstall ALL prior OO releases before installing 3.4 (it installs fine in parallel with LO [OO installing in /opt]) This is required due to changes in Java that have taken place since the 3.3 release -- you will get a javadlx error if you forget.
The install is straight forward:
(1) uninstall prior OO versions
(2) download OO 3.4 - http://www.openoffice.org/download/
(3) ungzip/untar the file
(4) cd en-US/RPMS
(5) rpm -Ivh *.rpm
(6) (optional) if you don't have libre installed, then:
rpm -Ivh openoffice.org3.4-suse-menus-3.4-9590.noarch.rpm
(it conflicts with the LibreOffice menus if installed)
(7) if you have libgtk installed (you probably do) set the 'export OOO_FORCE_DESKTOP=gnome' option in your .bashrc to insure that you can *deselect* (uncheck) the default OpenOffice.org file chooser dialog in Tools -> Options -> OpenOffice.org -> General setting dialog. That will provide you with the gtk2 (quite good) file chooser for your desktop (i.e. in fluxbox, lxde, openbox, xfce, etc... where native desktop integration isn't available)
All in all, I've been very impressed. I've filed a few small bugs against it, but nothing that prevents it from being a great daily driver office suite.
Yes, I've heard the howls - "oh we only use LO now, Oracle has ... done this or ... done that to openoffice" --> nonsense. It is an Apache project and all opensouce now. You don't mind using their webserver -- do you?
Well worth the download and install. Hopefully somebody will package it for opensuse and offer it as part of the standard distribution to provide a user choice among office suites. A monopoly in office suites is never a good thing for end users...
David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.
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