LibreOffice 4.0 brings major new features for Writer, Calc, Draw, impress, and even the LibreOffice core.
LibreOffice 4.0 is now available to install for all Ubuntu 12.10 users. This process is not very difficult, unless you are lacking copy and paste abilities. Thankfully LibreOffice 4.0 will work on Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04 and any Ubuntu derivatives using the commands found here.
Users must first remove all previous LibreOffice files if they exist on the system.
The next commands will let you remove and then purge all existing LibreOffice packages on your system.
$ sudo apt-get purge libreoffice*
After removing all old files you can then download the latest copy of LibreOffice from their website.
Be sure to download the appropriate version for your system. 32 bit and 64 bit versions are available. A link is provided near the bottom of this page.
You can now extract the files that you have just downloaded. Simply follow the process seen here using your favorite terminal emulator.
First you should move to the downloads directory so you can find your recently downloaded file.
$ cd Downloads
Now you are ready to extract all of the LibreOffice 4 files. Use the following commands to begin extracting the files. The file may be different if you have downloaded the 64 bit version.
$ tar -xvzf LibreOffice_4.0.0_Linux_x86_deb.tar.gz
Everything is now ready to begin installing LibreOffice 4.0, just follow the steps below.
You should first switch to the directory with the installation files, these are found inside the directory that you have just extracted.
$ cd LibreOffice_4.0.0_Linux_x86_deb/DEBS
Now begin installing the files with the following command.
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
Quickly switch over to the desktop integration directory for one final installation. This folder is located inside the DEBS directory.
$ cd desktop-integration
The Unity desktop required further integration for app menus and other new features. Users can install these features with the next command.
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
Now it is time to do some clean up work, although it is not exactly required. Follow the steps below to remove files that are no longer needed.
First you should remove the downloaded archive file.
$ rm ~/Downloads/LibreOffice_4.0.0_Linux_x86-64_deb.tar.gz
Next you can proceed to remove the extracted files with this final command.
$ rm ~/Downloads/LibreOffice_4.0.0_Linux_x86-64_deb
Many new features have been added for the release of LibreOffice 4.0. Users can expect an improved user interface, and better performance.
This release will let users customize the LibreOffice user interface even further using personas for Firefox. The LibreOffice Writer comment system has been improved, and a new LibreLogo toolbar was introduced. Check out the link below to see even more of the latest features in detail.