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From Rory O'Farrell <>
Subject Re: Linux install issues
Date Sat, 19 May 2012 18:39:23 GMT
On Sat, 19 May 2012 10:00:39 -0700
Kay Schenk <> wrote:

> Hi all--
> It seems we are running into a number of very difficult problems with Linux
> installs, the latest just e-mailed to this list this morning, due to the
> way some vendors have installed LO.
> see:
> I'd really like to provide additional help in the install guide:
> but I'm at a loss as to what this should say.
> I took a look at SOME of the postings on the support forums and well, still
> at a loss. Generally, it seems that completely uninstall the old OOo 3.3 is
> a given (please correct me if I'm wrong about this), but how to handle some
> of the LO overlap?
> Can we get some opinions on what's the most accurate way to go about
> installing AOO 3.4 on linux?
> * completely de-install LO first? install AOO 3.4, the re-install LO?
> * completely de-install old OOo 3.3? and then?
> Thankfully, I did not run into these kinds of issues with my distro.
> -- 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> MzK
> "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."
>                                  -- Mark Twain


My experience with OOo 2.3- AOO 3.4 on Ubuntu distros from 8.04 forward was that it was always
best to remove the distro version of OOo before installing the Oracle OOo.  I used do this
by using the package manager Synaptic to remove, which took the other
packages (Writer, Calc etc) with it.  In more recent Ubuntus OOo was replaced by LibO, and
I removed that in a similar fashion (  After such removals I never had
ant difficulty installing the Oracle/Apache OpenOffice versions.

It may not have been strictly necessary to remove an earlier version so completely, but after
having installation difficulties in my early days I now do this as a matter of course on the
seven machines under my control.

Rory O'Farrell <>

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