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How to install OpenOffice 3.0 on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

26 October 2008 2,398 views 19 Comments

**UPDATE 2** – This appears to be working again. Please post a comment and let me know if it works, or doesn’t work for you!

**UPDATE** – This method no longer works. I believe you can install it by downloading the .deb files, however I am attempting to find a way to upgrade from the repositories. If you know how, please post a comment explaining how and I will update this guide.

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex (Due out on October 30, 2008) will not be shipping with the newest version of Open Office due to Open Office 3 not being released early enough for the developers to test it. If you don’t want to wait for the developers of Ubuntu to release Open Office 3, you can follow this guide to install Open Office 3 now!

To begin open up Terminal and edit your sources.list file:

$ sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the Open Office repository to your repository list and save:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu intrepid main

Now update your packages list:

$ sudo aptitude update

You can now upgrade using the Upgrade Manager or via command line.

$ sudo aptitude safe-upgrade
Open Office 3 Splash Screen

Open Office 3 Splash Screen

That’s it. Open Office 3 is now running on your system!

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  • fczw said:

    works like a charm, thanks !

  • Fasirt said:

    I get the following message while upgrading:

    The following packages have been automatically kept back:
    openoffice.org-help-da openoffice.org-help-en-gb openoffice.org-help-en-us openoffice.org-help-hu openoffice.org-l10n-da openoffice.org-l10n-en-gb
    openoffice.org-l10n-en-za openoffice.org-l10n-hu
    The following packages have been kept back:
    openoffice.org-base-core openoffice.org-common openoffice.org-core openoffice.org-draw openoffice.org-gnome openoffice.org-gtk
    openoffice.org-style-human python-uno

    Why is that? Can anyone halp me with that?


  • Keso said:

    Hi man, do you have strange keyboard shortcuts in OO 3.0 ? Like ctrl-s in impress is underlined text and so on ? How to get rid of them (I know how to do it one per one but I’d like to have done all in one step)

  • john said:

    This does not work anymore.

  • Mike said:

    I found this on a similar forum, explains why this no longer works:

    Comment by Ed Jolanski on November 25, 2008 13:16

    This will ONLY work for Jaunty, Hardy and Intrepid packages have been removed.

  • Mike said:

    I should mention that I tried changing the repo to

    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu jaunty main

    but it still did not work =/ Guess we’ll have to trash 2.4 and use the .debs from OoO if we really want it now.

  • franko said:

    Well, it works for me, OK. But, lately it seems like they removed language packs from the repo. After my last upgrade, I lost my croatian localization, and I have only the standard dictionary… :-/

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  • Malcolm said:

    Didn’t work for me. 🙁

  • andy said:

    Reading package lists… Done
    W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 60D11217247D1CFF
    W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems

  • Graham Dixon said:

    Worked great, but no open office database, how do I add this?

  • Serge said:

    I get errors:

    serros@inspiron6400:~$ sudo aptitude update

    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (11 Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

    W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net intrepid Release: The following signatures couldn’t be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 60D11217247D1CFF

    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (11 Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

    Thanks for your help.

  • white gryphon said:

    To andy: You need to install the GPG public key. To do that, open the Terminal and from the command line, type:

    gpg –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com –recv 247D1CFF

    and press enter. You should get back something like this:

    gpg: requesting key 247D1CFF from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com
    gpg: key 247D1CFF: public key “Launchpad PPA for OpenOffice.org Scribblers” imported
    gpg: Total number processed: 1
    gpg: imported: 1 (RSA: 1)

    You then type this:

    gpg –export –armor 247D1CFF | sudo apt-key add –

    and get the response asking for your password password. Type it, press ENTER, and you should get back:

  • white gryphon said:

    Oops, submitted before I was done. 😛

    You should get back:


    Open Synaptic, click “reload”, and the updates should be listed. As of this date (Apr 4, 2009), the version listed is 1:3.0.1-7ubuntu~intrepid1.

    One note, when you get the error about the GPG public key, the last 8 characters are what you use. For example, for this repository, it said “NO_PUBKEY 60D11217247D1CFF”, therefore you use the part “247D1DFF”. If you get a similar error for another repository, use the last 8 of that PUBKEY instead.

    I know that this is 2 months after you asked the question, but if you have already found the answer, hopefully it will help someone else.


  • jc said:

    White Gryphon,

    This helped me a lot – thanks for this man!


  • Fırat Cem said:

    Still works !

  • james said:

    i like open office on ubuntu 8.10 i love it guys do you love ubuntu is my favorite beacause i like it i love it try ubuntu try it now for download in ubuntu homepage website and click download button come up the ubuntu installer pops up in the window

  • steve said:

    All the steps complete without errors – but I am still stuck with 2.4 openoffice ( albeit a new binary). I am running intrepid.
    Many people seem to be saying this procedure no longer works with intrepid. It seems you must download and install .debs directly or upgrade to Jaunty. This is my impression.

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