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LibreOffice 3.3 beta2 available for openSUSE

October 15th, 2010 by

We are going to switch from the OpenOffice.org to the LibreOffice code base on openSUSE.

I’m happy to announce LibreOffice 3.3 beta2 packages for openSUSE. They are available in the Build Service LibreOffice:Unstable project. They are based on the libreoffice- release. Please, look for more details about the openSUSE LibreOffice build on the wiki page.

The packages are beta versions and might include even serious bugs. Therefore they are not intended for data-critical usage. A good practice is to archive any important data before an use, …

As usual, we kindly ask any interested beta testers to try the package and report bugs.

Known bugs

  • only the LibreOffice branding package is available; you need to replace OpenOffice_org-branding-openSUSE with libreoffice-branding-upstream
  • shell wrappers are still ooffice, oowriter, …; we need to discuss the new wrapper names with other distros first
  • application stops immediately when you start it for the first time; just start it once again
  • extensions are not registered after the update from OpenOffice_org-* packages; a workaround is to reinstall the packages once again; We plan to remove the registration during installation; it will allow users to disable the extensions by themselves
  • some packages were not renamed, .e.g. OpenOffice_org-thesaurus, …; they are not built from the main LO sources; we will do it later
  • user configuration is stored into ~/.libreoffice/3-suse; we might try to share the directory ~/.libreoffice/3 after we fix the incompatible BerkleyDB; Well, we are not sure if it is enough and it is a good idea, so it will need some more testing
  • packages can’t be installed in parallel with the generic LibreOffice linux packages; the problem is that both builds use the libreoffice-ure package name; it will be solved in beta3; a workaround is to install the package using “rpm -i” instead of “rpm -U”
  • GNOME quickstarter is started by default; you might disable it in Tools/Options/OpenOffice.org/Memory/Enable systray Quickstarter
  • SLED10 build is not available; need more love

More known bugs

Other information and plans:

These are the first packages with new name. Please, be patient if they are not perfect. Please report unknown bugs.

The new packages automatically remove the obsolete openSUSE OpenOffice_org packages. It still will be possible to intall the plain OpenOffice.org packages in parallel, though.

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10 Responses to “LibreOffice 3.3 beta2 available for openSUSE”

  1. MzK

    May I ask WHY you are doing this? Do you suddenly object to OpenOffice.org (still a very viable project and product) for some reason? How was this decision arrived at?

    • Antonio

      @MzK: In case you’ve been living under a rock: http://www.documentfoundation.org

      • MzK

        No — I have NOT been living under a rock! I am currently *INVOLVED* with OpenOffice.org. Unfortunately, the announcement of The Document Foundation was not really very clear or honest. The ENTIRE OpenOffice.org organizable was not involved in this decision or “fork” if you want to put it that way. This was some set (yes, perhaps large…though as a contributing member of OpenOffice.org, I was not aware of any petition or anything else that was circulated that would have condoned this) that instigated this split if you will. Therefore, I would like to be very clear about this — OpenOffice,org continues to live.

        And why opensuse would decide to replace a well-developed and matured office suite with LibreOffice is a great mystery to me! Maybe they don’t want to continue to build two open source office suites. But…I have a feeling there’s something else, more political, going on here.

        Not living under a rock, and roe than happy to get to the bottom of political shenanigans. Take care and start digging!

  2. MzK

    More on this topic. Again, OpenOffice.org is NOT dead! Please see this page


    for recent discussion by the OpenOffice.org Community Council on The Document Foundation. Kind of chopped up, but, well, you get the idea.

  3. Tim


    I’m confused. I read the minutes page that you posted, but I don’t understand what you are referring to when you refer to “political shenanigans”. I’ve read lots of web pages re the establishment of LibreOffice and to me, it just seemed like a heap of core devs decided they wanted some independence. What am I missing?


  4. Works perfectly with Stable repositories…
    Upgrade doesn’t work with KDE and GNOME factories repos… But this should be normal, isn’t it?

    Thanks a lot for the great job! Free(libre) Forever!

  5. Petr Mladek

    OpenOffice.org packages in openSUSE always included many extra features and fixes that came from the Go-oo project. People around Go-oo joined LibreOffice, so it is logical that we switched to LibreOffice as well.

    Note that LibreOffice is based on OpenOffice.org source code. It will still take changes from OpenOffice.org… It is likely that it will divert a bit more in the future but we all hope that most people will be happy with such changes.

    Hmm, I do not have time to maintain two office suites. It someone would like to pack plain OpenOffice.org, we would need to find a volunteer.

  6. Rudi Pittman

    Is there a “One Click Install” for this somewhere? I previously installed Libreoffice directly from their webpage and I know when I tried installing your packages to replace them it broke them….I had to revert to version from their page.

  7. Grgur Bozanic

    I am totally on side of LibraOffice, because of fact that oracle ruined everything, now all suns well developed apps become well bugged, i liked everything that sun was doin’, but this now is s***.