In our earlier article we’ve provided instructions on Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1 installation, now here in this article we are introducing a newly released LibreOffice 4.2 office suit for RHEL 6.5/6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6/5.9/5.8, CentOS 6.5/6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6/5.9/5.8 and Fedora 19,18,17,16,15,14,13,12 using LibreOffice RPM packages. LibreOffice is similar to Microsoft Office, but it has much advanced features and highly skinned user interface and it’s really a worth by giving it a try.
What Is LibreOffice?
LibreOffice is an open source and much powerful personal productivity office suit for Linux, Windows & Mac, that provides feature rich functions for word document, data processing, spreadsheets, presentation, drawing, Calc, Math and much more. LibreOffice has large number of satisfied users across the globe with almost 7.5 million downloads as of now. It supports more than 30 languages and runs on all major operating systems.
The Document Foundation team proudly announced the first release of 4.2 series of LibreOffice is now available for all major platforms including Linux, Windows and Mac OS. This new update features a large number of exciting new features, performance and improvements and is targeted to all kinds of users, but especially appealing for enterprise power users.
Following are the list of most crucial changes in the latest LibreOffice 4.2.
- Round-trip interoperability with Microsoft OOXML, especially for DOCX and RTF, has enhanced noticeably.
- A new import filter added to Abiword documents and enhancement to other import/export filters.
- Added a new engine for Calc for doing extensive parallel calculation of formula cells using GPU via OpenCL.
- Added new Expert configuration window to Options tab.
- GNOME3 Application Menu integration and support for MATE and XFCE Desktops.
- Included brand new set of icons named Sifr.
There are many other changes included in the newset LibreOffice 4.2 – for a complete list of new features, see the release annoucemnt page.
LibreOffice 4.2 Requirements
- Kernel 2.6 or higher version
- glibc 2.5 or higher version
- gtk version 2.10 or higher
- Minimum 256MB and recommended 512MB RAM
- 1.55GB available Hard disk space
- Desktop (Gnome or KDE)
Install LibreOffice 4.2 on RHEL/CentOS and Fedora
The installation instructions provided here are for LibreOffice 4.1 using language US English on a 32-Bit system. For 64-Bit systems, there will be minor differences in directory names, but the installation process is same and hope the installation instructions provide here are not so difficult.
Step 1: Downloading LibreOffice 4.2
Select the package for download based on your system bit (i.e. for a 32-bit or 64-bit) using Wget command.
For RHEL/CentOS/Fedora 32-Bit
# cd /tmp # wget http://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/4.2.0/rpm/x86/LibreOffice_4.2.0_Linux_x86_rpm.tar.gz
For RHEL/CentOS/Fedora 64-Bit
# cd /tmp # wget http://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/stable/4.2.0/rpm/x86_64/LibreOffice_4.2.0_Linux_x86-64_rpm.tar.gz
Step 2: Removing Old OpenOffice Version
If any previously installed LibreOffice or OpenOffice versions you have, remove it using following command.
# yum remove openoffice.org* libreoffice.org*
Step 3: Extracting LibreOffice 4.2 Package
After downloading the LibreOffice 4.2 package, use Tar command to extract it under /tmp directory or in a directory of your choice.
## For 32-Bit OS ## # tar -xvf LibreOffice_4.2.0_Linux_x86_rpm.tar.gz ## For 64-Bit OS ## # tar -xvf LibreOffice_4.2.0_Linux_x86-64_rpm.tar.gz
Step 4: Installing LibreOffice 4.2 Package
After extracting the package, you will get a directory and under this there will be a sub-directory called RPMS. Now, run the following command to install it.
## For 32 Bit OS ## # cd /tmp/LibreOffice_4.2.0_Linux_x86_rpm/RPMS/ # yum localinstall *.rpm ## For 64 Bit OS ## # cd /tmp/LibreOffice_4.2.0_Linux_x86-64_rpm/RPMS/ # yum localinstall *.rpm
Step 5: Starting LibreOffice 4.2 Package
Once the installation process completes you will have LibreOffice icons in your desktop under Applications –> Office menu or start the application by executing the following command on the terminal.
Step 6: Screenshots of LibreOffice 4.2
Please see the attached screenshots of LibreOffice 4.2 application under my CentOS 6.3.
Step 7: Installing a Language Pack
If you would like to install LibreOffice in your preferred language, you should select your language pack for installation. The installation instructions can be fount at Language Pack section.
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