LibreOffice 3.6.5 has been released. Can Ubuntu 12.10 update to this productivity suite version, either automatically or manually?



LibreOffice 3.6.5 has not arrived in official Ubuntu repositories yet. However, you can try this PPA maintained by the LibreOffice team to install the latest releases.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-3-6
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libreoffice
sudo apt-get install --reinstall lo-menubar

For better integration with Gnome desktops, you need to install this package:

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome

For KDE:

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-kde

On the question why the latest version released by LibreOffice isn't in the Ubuntu repositories, please refer to this more general question: Why don't the Ubuntu repositories have the latest versions of software?

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  • @EliahKagan I've fixed this - there is a separate PPA for the 3.6.x branch, that does have 3.6.5 available at the time of writing. – gertvdijk Jan 30 '13 at 18:49

The new version will probably not be provided in the default-enabled repositories, and may not be officially packaged at all for Ubuntu 12.10, for quite some time (or ever). See:

Once Ubuntu 13.04 is released, it may be provided in the backports repository (or may not). See:

Alternatively, LibreOffice 3.6.5 may be provided soon, if it primarily provides security updates. (If it's a feature update, then whatever security patches are present would instead be ported to the version currently in your Ubuntu release, see the SRU policy linked above.)

You have a couple options for installing the new version now.

  1. You can install the upstream version, obtainable here.

    This will not be maintained by Ubuntu's package manager. You'll have to take care of updating it yourself.

    It will probably work out-of-the-box but if you have problems, you might have to remove the version provided with Ubuntu.

  2. You can wait for this version to provided in the LibreOffice PPA. Currently the PPA provides LibreOffice 3.6.4. (That's still higher than 3.6.2, though, which is the version provided by the official 12.10 repositories.)

    That answer explain how to install from the PPA (or follow the instructions on the PPA page).

  3. Apparently, there is a separate PPA specifically for the 3.6 series, that does have 3.6.5. This may be your best option. That answer explains how to use it.

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You should add the libreoffice ppa in order to get the latest updates... open a console and type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa -y && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libreoffice && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -y

Be careful, cause I putted the "-y" option there so it do everything without NO asking. Remove them if you want to audit the process. Also is a "one liner", each line of command is separated by "&&".

Cheers! :)

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    The PPA does not always have the very latest stable versions. In particular, it does not yet have 3.6.5. (It may soon.) – Eliah Kagan Jan 30 '13 at 18:37

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