Ubuntu – How to install the latest stable version of LibreOffice


LibreOffice is seeing some dramatic improvements each version and subversion that goes out.

I would like to have always the latest version of LibreOffice on my machine(s). I know of the PPA that exists but is it recommended to use it with 12.04 for daily use? What are the pro and cons of using the PPA? Will it break my system/Libreoffice installation?

Does libreoffice get eventually also upgraded in the Ubuntu repositories or does this upgrade happen only with new releases? Who manages the upgrades of libreoffice in Ubuntu and in the PPA?

Best Answer

  • If you want the newest of the new for LibreOffice, you can place the ppa onto your computer:


    Once you click on this link, read the section called "Adding this PPA to your system" to make sure you install it correctly for your 12.04 system.

    If this package is to 'cutting edge', I would use the following ppa for LibreOffice that might help as well:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade

    To look over the instructions, follow this link here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LibreOffice To quote the site on what this ppa is about:

    LibreOffice test builds and backports

    Most of the packages in this ppa have only experienced minor testing -- in fact it is the place to enable a wider audience to test packages before they are published into the distro proper. In general this ppa is not for the average user to install without a closer look (if it would be, its packages would be in the main repositories).

    In general, users are adviced to take a look at the changelog for the details about a package. If there is a specific bug that is intended to be addressed by an update released into the ppa, you are encouraged to test, if the update solves that problem. Packages published after the distro release are mostly such specific fixes. Critical fixes will SRUed into the main repositories after testing anyway (later, with more testing).

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