Today I downloaded and installed OpenOffice through the PPA repositories, using apt-get (hope that's what I mean to say), and when the program checked for updates it said there was a new version - 3.4.1 which I need to download from the website.
I am reluctant to download from the website, because I tried this earlier (before using the PPAs) and while I was able to download the .tar.gz file and extract the DEBS, I couldn't figure out how to install it. I found instructions on the internet that told me how to install, but for some reason, Ubuntu didn't know the application was installed! Couldn't find it in Dash, and to run I had to find the OpenOffice folder and doubleclick soffice.bin.
So my question is, how to I download and install the latest version of OpenOffice without it being messed up as above?