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On http://www.libreoffice.org/download/ there is only RPM version - when great majority of Desktop Linux users are using systems based on APT...

ppa:libreoffice/ppa seems to be very outdated with version 3.5

It's frustating to see several fixes on Windows version and Ubuntu versions so outdated...

People generally reply as:

  • we don't update due to security/stability reasons, etc example 1 example 2

  • why don't you compile yourself ?

For those easy answers, I generally reply:

  • let me decide which version to use at my own risk. I just want to try a newer version and I trust on LibreOffice devs. I understand that update a core lib is very dangerous but Libreoffice is an user application and it don't just break the whole system.

  • Why don't I compile ? Because I am a regular user and don't have time to learn it. I would love to have this time but unfortunately, I don't have.

  • Red Hat/Fedora guys have the same concerns but they update their LibreOffices...

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debs are also available on the libreoffice page you linked to. Please check the options carefully. See the part in bold: "LibreOffice Linux - rpm (x86), version 3.6.4, English (US). Not the version you wanted? Change System, Version or Language". –  user25656 Dec 6 '12 at 15:04
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So , I let you decide which version you want to use and of course its all up to you.

Use it at you own risk.

Here is the PPA => LibreOffice - Pre-Releases for Alpha - Beta versions of Libreoffice.

The description from PPA

This ppa contains alpha and beta release (before the 3.X.0 release). Only for the most brave and courageous!

The installation instructions from PPA

to test these do:

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

The installation instructions from Webupd8.com

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-prereleases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gtk3

Here is another PPA => LibreOffice Packaging Team

The description of PPA

LibreOffice test builds and backports

There is a PPA dedicated for the 3.5 series which supports Lucid/10.04, Oneiric/11.10 and Precise/12.04 for a more stable experience! https://launchpad.net/~libreoffice/+archive/libreoffice-3-5

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 advised 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).

Installation instructions not included , but I assume are same as above.

Last but not least , the warning from Launchpad (this is general , for most (if not all) PPAs)

You can update your system with unsupported packages from this untrusted PPA by adding ppa:libreoffice/ppa to your system's Software Sources

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The official Libreoffice launchpad ppa: ppa:libreoffice/ppa contains libreoffice 3.6.

Alternatively, you may download the .deb file from the Libreoffice site. Choose 32 bit or 64 bit according to your architecture.

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