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According to the LibreOffice website as of Feb 24 2018, there is a LibreOffice version 6.0.2. The Ubuntu Software Center installs 5.1.6.2 (that is 1 and a half years old) on my machine. How do I get a more recent version installed? (I am not very proficient with unpacking .tar.gz files). When will the software center get newer versions?

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  • LO 5.1.6 (2 years old) usually means you are using Ubuntu 16.04 (also 2 years old). With a few exceptions, deb software is not updated after the OS release - to get newer deb software, upgrade to a newer release of Ubuntu. Example: Ubuntu 17.10 has LO 5.4.5. Ubuntu 18.04 will have LO 6.0.2. Or try the LO Snap, available for you now with LO 6.0.2.
    – user535733
    Mar 12 '18 at 12:19