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Started by Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec), March 17, 2013, 12:42:21 AM

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Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

One of the things I see repeated a lot on my travels around Linux forums and websites is "if only I could open Microsoft Publisher .pub files in Linux" ...

Well I've just installed LibreOffice 4.0.1 in Peppermint 3 from this PPA:
https://launchpad.net/~libreoffice/+archive/ppa (https://launchpad.net/~libreoffice/+archive/ppa)

And LibreOffice Draw had no problem opening .pub files .. I must add, I've only tried a few, and I have no idea which version of MS Publisher they're from .. but things are looking good :)

I'd also like to add that LibreOffice 4.0.1 seems quite a bit quicker than 3.5 was, and opens nearly instantly on my PC  ;D

Amongst other things there's supposed to be better compatibility with .docx and .rtf files.

You can check out the new features here:
https://www.libreoffice.org/download/4-0-new-features-and-fixes (https://www.libreoffice.org/download/4-0-new-features-and-fixes)
and at The Document Foundation Blog here:
http://blog.documentfoundation.org/2013/02/07/the-document-foundation-announces-libreoffice-4-0/ (http://blog.documentfoundation.org/2013/02/07/the-document-foundation-announces-libreoffice-4-0/)

So far I'm liking what I'm seeing ..

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SeZo

QuoteLibreOffice Draw had no problem opening .pub files ..

God to know. Though I could have done with it 2 years ago. But as they say better late than never.
Have been using version 4 for a while (sneaked in one of the updates) but never actually loked at the release notes.
You are right it does appear to be a bit quicker (than 3.6) to start up but that never bothered me aniway. :D

So this is the end of the road for Publishers exlusivity?


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Tramlink

OK so how do I get 4.0.1.2  the most up to date version.  I presently have version 3.5 is there any way to get the update manager to do this automatically? 

Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

In which Linux distro ?

If it's Ubuntu based -
sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
then
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
then
sudo apt-get update
then
sudo apt-get upgrade
should do the trick.
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Tramlink

I am running mint 13 32bit.   This did not result in my Libre Office upgrading to version 4.0....Would I be better to download the Deb files from there website?

Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

Odd .. it should have ???

the same instructions are also online:
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=127592 (http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=127592)
and
http://www.ossdoc.com/2013/03/upgrade-libre-office-40-from-official.html (http://www.ossdoc.com/2013/03/upgrade-libre-office-40-from-official.html)

You could try:
sudo apt-get update
then
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
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Could this be the reason no upgrade?

W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/libreoffice/ppa/ubuntu/dists/maya/main/source/Sources (http://ppa.launchpad.net/libreoffice/ppa/ubuntu/dists/maya/main/source/Sources)  404  Not Found

W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/libreoffice/ppa/ubuntu/dists/maya/main/binary-i386/Packages (http://ppa.launchpad.net/libreoffice/ppa/ubuntu/dists/maya/main/binary-i386/Packages)  404  Not Found

E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

#8
Yeh, that's exactly the problem. (and one of the PITA moments you get with Mint)

You have 2 options ..

1) edit your sources to say

Distribution: precise
Components: main

For both libreoffice PPA's (sources and binary)

instead of

Distribution: maya
Components: main

or

2) as you say, download the .debs and install




If you decide to want to go with option 1 .. post the output from:
ls -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d
and the if it exists, the contents of:
gedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/libreoffice-ppa-maya.list

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Tramlink

#9
went with option one and all is OK now have version 4 looks good.

Will post the info you requested next time I am on that computer.

As a matter of interest I had no problems with upgrading to version 4 on mint 13 64bit system everything was done automatic.

As with other issues seems they are mainly in the 32bit version of mint 13.

banko

Thanks Mark

upgraded to version 4 on peppermint 3
your reply 4 code did not work but the code on reply 6 did.

again thanks

Keith

tiggsy

The version at #6 also worked for me. However, did I just purge all the repositories? If so, how do I go back to the normal ones for updates?