How to install Libre Office on Debian or Crunchbang with Openbox

Current (October 2012) Final LibreOffice 3.6.3

You can find the .tar.gz packages containing 32 and 64bit .debs on the download page:
32bit Debs (Torrent)

64bit Debs (Torrent)

Download and Unpack
First download the package for your version (mine is 64bit)  to your “/downloads” directory, then unpack it:

cd downloads

ls (then copy and paste the package name after the “tar -xvf” command)

tar -xvf LibO_3.6.3_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

Install Libre Office 3.6.3
Change to the extracted LibO directory and install all the .deb packages in one go.

**Note** If Libre Office asks for Java (and you want to install it)

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre

Libre Office

cd LibO (hit Tab button to complete)

cd DEBS 

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Where is Libre Office installed?
Libre Office 3.6.3 is now installed in /opt/libreoffice3.6/ and the application launchers are stored in /opt/libreoffice3.6/program

Add Libre Office to your Openbox menu

I use scite text editor to edit my Openbox menu basically as I have the option to save in .xml format (otherwise you get xml, end of line extra character errors etc) . You can also do this with Vim, Nano etc, if you know how to do it. I prefer having Scite already setup for xml editing.

Back-up and Edit

cp .config/openbox/menu.xml .config/openbox/menu.xmlBKP

scite .config/openbox/menu.xml

Add the Office Menu where you like


















































All done!
That’s it, you now have the latest Stable edition of Libre Office and you can launch everything from your Openbox menu 🙂


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