Libre Office – OpenOffice fork, sponsored by Canonical, Novell, Google

The community, developing the OpenOffice, today have announced the launching of The Document Fondation – The one that will guide and developing the new fork of OOo, called LibreOffice.


‘LibreOffice to ship in Ubuntu’

‘The Ubuntu Project will be pleased to ship LibreOffice from The Document Foundation in future releases of Ubuntu’ said Mark Shuttleworth on the launch, describing office software a ‘critical component’ of the open source desktop.

Oracle, whose acquisition of Sun Microsystems last year made it owner of’s assets and branding hence the renaming, are not yet a member of The Document Foundation although have been invited to join.


Some interesting you may see in FAQ’s is that:

Q: What does this announcement mean to other derivatives of

A: We want The Document Foundation to be open to code contributions from as many people as possible. We are delighted to announce that the enhancements produced by the Go-OOo team will be merged into LibreOffice, effective immediately. We hope that others will follow suit.

This beta release is not intended for production use!

Also all (x86) Debian, Ubuntu, Mint and other deb-based Linux users can use this temporary repository, until LibreOffice is included in main repos

1. Adding the repository:

echo “ deb / #gericom@hummer | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

2. Adding the signing key:

wget deb -q -O- | sudo apt-key add –

And finaly:

sudo apt-get update

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