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I'm running Libre office Version: 6.0.7.3 Build ID: 1:6.0.7-on an Asus laptop with Ubuntu 18.04. I use Synaptic for my updates and yet I'm nowhere near the version 6.3... others seem to be running, and now 6.4 is on offer to Windows users.

What should I do to "get up to date"

Any help and advice will be much appreciated. Hal.

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Libreoffice is available as a deb-package and as a snap- package.

While the deb-package provides version 6.0.7.3, the snap-package comes with version 6.4.1.2

You can install the libreoffice-snap with

snap install libreoffice

You can have both versions installed in your sysytem. If you want to remove the deb-package, you can do that with

sudo apt remove libreoffice*
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  • Thank you to both mkko765 and Kurankat for your time in responding, I chose mook765's solution because I have other snap packages installed. – hal_v Mar 13 at 20:49
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In addition to @mook765's excellent suggestion of installing the Libreoffice snap, it is also available as a flatpak, which has the advantage of a much quicker startup time.

Snaps are getting much better, but the startup time when you open the application can still be noticeably long.

In order to use flatpaks you have to install flatpak, which is available in the Ubuntu repositories:

sudo apt install flatpak

You can add the plugin to integrate with Ubuntu Software Center, if you use it:

sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak

And finally install flathub:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Once that's done, you can install flatpaks, for LibreOffice it would be:

sudo flatpak install org.libreoffice.LibreOffice

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