I click the icon, the splash screen will come up, and then about half way, it will disappear, I can't get it to work at all, any possible solutions?? I tried to get Terminal output, but I couldn't seem to get anything
Log as the guest user, to do this click on the shut-down icon on the right and in the menu that appears choose "Guest session". Try to start openoffice in this new session.
If it does start, then it's likely that your profile is corrupt. Get back to your real session (close the guest one with the shut-down menu). Click on your home on the Places menu, then on the View Menu select Show Hidden Files. Locate a directory called .openoffice.org, rename it to something different. Try to start OpenOffice again.
Note that you will lost all your settings for OpenOffice.
I had a similar problem with Monodevelop only about a week or so ago. It was caused by the permissions for the settings folder getting mutated (howsoever...) during a system update.
I had to delete the folder from the terminal (sudo) and then start it again.
Or: Rename the settings folder to keep a backup just in case and then start openoffice. [see comments below]
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