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Folks, I am totally new to Linux, I am using Ubuntu 12.04 with Cinnamon desktop, I want to install Abiword (an older version) because it's very stable compared with the new one.

I have downloaded the tar file and uncompressed it but I don't know what to do next .

The software centre only has the new unstable version

How can I do this by editing menu? Step by step please people I am so new.

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rather than asking how to downgrade, you could ask how to resolve the stability problems, which is probably easier. – ImaginaryRobots Oct 26 '12 at 13:55
@ImaginaryRobots: in the case of Abiword this question is fair, as we have included unstable SVN releases recently, and there are bugs reported where downgrading is recommended as a workaround (e.g. see bug #991399). – Takkat Oct 26 '12 at 15:01

@Takkat, how do Ubuntu 12.04 users install Abiword 2.8 when it is not listed in Synaptic Package Manager or the Ubuntu Software Centre repositories. Using unstable and labelling them as stable in the repositories for 12.04 seems counterproductive to me.

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This is not an answer to Xiads question. Consider adding it as a comment above. – Mateng Nov 15 '12 at 3:55
@Mateng jrw does not have enough reputation to comment. – green Apr 15 '13 at 15:03

I'm not sure what you mean by "editing menu", but you can always download the .deb file from here (64bit) or here (32bit)

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