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LibreOffice is seeing some dramatic improvements each version and subversion that goes out.

I would like to have always the latest version of LibreOffice on my machine(s). I know of the PPA that exists but is it recommended to use it with 12.04 for daily use? What are the pro and cons of using the PPA? Will it break my system/Libreoffice installation?

Does libreoffice get eventually also upgraded in the Ubuntu repositories or does this upgrade happen only with new releases? Who manages the upgrades of libreoffice in Ubuntu and in the PPA?

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For advice regarding Libreoffice 4, see how-do-i-install-libreoffice-4. –  user76204 Mar 18 '13 at 20:01
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If you want the newest of the new for LibreOffice, you can place the ppa onto your computer:

https://launchpad.net/~libreoffice/+archive/ppa

Once you click on this link, read the section called "Adding this PPA to your system" to make sure you install it correctly for your 12.04 system.

If this package is to 'cutting edge', I would use the following ppa for LibreOffice that might help as well:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

To look over the instructions, follow this link here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LibreOffice To quote the site on what this ppa is about:

LibreOffice test builds and backports

Most of the packages in this ppa have only experienced minor testing -- in fact it is the place to enable a wider audience to test packages before they are published into the distro proper. In general this ppa is not for the average user to install without a closer look (if it would be, its packages would be in the main repositories).

In general, users are adviced to take a look at the changelog for the details about a package. If there is a specific bug that is intended to be addressed by an update released into the ppa, you are encouraged to test, if the update solves that problem. Packages published after the distro release are mostly such specific fixes. Critical fixes will SRUed into the main repositories after testing anyway (later, with more testing).

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When do LibreOffice updates get eventually pushed in the main Ubuntu repositories? –  ECII May 8 '12 at 18:46
    
If/when they get synced to the development release. Ubuntu tries not to update the main repositories often, not without stringent testing to make sure things break. Exceptions are sometimes made, in cases of critical bugs (regressions), or security bugfixes (which end up in $release-security, i.e. precise-security). –  Thomas W. Aug 1 '12 at 18:08
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you can download the files from libreoffice.org site at http://www.libreoffice.org/download

Warning: If you are installing 3.6 alongside of older version then you may have some conflicts. So its better to remove the older version and try out the new one.

Steps to remove older version sudo apt-get remove libreoffice-core

To install 3.6

Download the 32 or 64 bit 3.6 version and extract the LibO_3.6.0_Linux_x86(-64)_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz file

cd to the extracted directory and run sudo dpkg -i *.deb

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Just saw, that the LibreOffice Launchpad Team has created separate PPAs for the different versions from 3.4 to 4.0 plus pre-releases for the brave and a general ppa for those who want the latest stable release.

Links to the PPAs: https://launchpad.net/~libreoffice

See the other answers for installation instructions

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Install / Upgrade to LibreOffice 3.6

To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to add its PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-prereleases

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Finally, run the commands below to upgrade your system including LibreOffice.

Finally, run the commands below to upgrade your system including LibreOffice.

Enjoy!

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sudo apt-get purge libreoffice-core
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-prereleases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libreoffice

These four lines in terminal to remove your current LibreOffice, and install the new one. It says it will install LibreOffice 4.0, But I got 3.6.0.1 instead, which happens to be the newest stable version I'm aware of.

Credit to: http://jaisejames.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/to-install-libreoffice-4-0-on-ubuntu-12-10/

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