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    OpenOffice packages available
    Contributed by Anonymous on Saturday, April 27 @ 11:51:49 BST

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    Looks like a few people over here have been busy getting OpenOffice packages ready for Debian. No more going through Sun's registration process just to download StarOffice!

    Robot101: I'm informed that libstdc++3 is also required, but is missing from the dependencies and will be added next time round. Discuss problems/bugs/etc on debian-openoffice@lists.debian.org or #debian-oo on irc.openprojects.net. And don't forget to say thank you. 😉

     
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    Re: OpenOffice packages available (Score: 1)
    by Martijn on Saturday, April 27 @ 14:16:27 BST
    (User Info) http://zap.to/martijn

    And make sure you have a fast internet connection! Open Office is actually packaged as one huge Debian package here. It is a 65.1 MB download.

    Downloading right now ...

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    Re: OpenOffice packages available (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, April 27 @ 14:21:53 BST

    I'am very happy about that news!!

    But I have a question:

    which lines I have to add to the apt-proxy.conf?

    Are these correct:

    add_backend /openoffice/

    $APT_PROXY_CACHE/openoffice/

    http://apt-proxy.sourceforge.net/openoffice/

    And the lines for the sources.list ?

    #deb http://APT_PROXY:9999/openoffice unstable openoffice

    But there is something wrong, know anybody what ?

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: OpenOffice packages available (Score: 2, Informative)
    by anothertom on Saturday, April 27 @ 15:00:03 BST
    (User Info)

    The packages still seem to be quite a mess.
    I don't have KDE installed on my notebook so
    I had to click away about 20+ error messages.
    After installing I tried to start OO but it
    failed. It's the well known "-net" flag from
    SO52 that's not set, so you can't run a workstation
    install from scratch.
    Seems the /etc/openoffice directory holds some
    options for a multi-user install, but you have
    to edit it before trying to launch OO for the first time or it won't run. 🙁

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    Re: OpenOffice packages available (Score: 1)
    by oyenstikker (ude.tir@7923bms) on Saturday, April 27 @ 15:22:37 BST
    (User Info) http://sandra.rh.rit.edu/~sbyrne/

    I'm curious, why is the package called openoffice.org and not openoffice?

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    Re: OpenOffice packages available (Score: 1)
    by searcher on Saturday, April 27 @ 17:08:59 BST
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    Wow, it actually works, and great at that!

    Mucho thanks to the packagers. Too often have I been limited to reading vendor documents while at work. My home machines have been steadfastly w/out any M$ software for years, and this helps keep it that way.

    Sure I could have installed openoffice myself instead of waiting for these wonderful folks to package it. Patience is a virtue though, and ya'll have paid out in spades.

    Rock on.

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    Just a question...or two: (Score: 1)
    by grolschie (radel[at]bigfoot[dot]com) on Sunday, April 28 @ 02:09:07 BST
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    uh.... sorry to ask a dumb question.

    What is the difference between StarOffice and OpenOffice?

    Which is better, either these or KOffice (kword, kpresenter, etc), Corel WordPerfect, etc?

    While I am at it? What is the difference between Emacs and Xemacs? I have been using Xemacs at Uni, and now wondering about which version to install.

    Thanks.

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    Re: OpenOffice packages available (Score: 1, Interesting)
    by Anonymous on Sunday, April 28 @ 08:24:54 BST

    So what is the story with openoffice and the gui? When it first came out I heard talk about it getting ported to GTK or even a mozilla like XUL interface, but I haven't heard anything about this in a while....the one it has right now is just plain ugly, besides that I think openoffice is coming right along...

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    Primo! (Score: 1)
    by grolschie on Monday, April 29 @ 06:47:39 BST
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    Great stuff! Installed no problems over my 56k modem. It's great that apt can resume downloads.

    Finally an office suite that I can open my Microsoft Powerpoint files. KPresenter is supposed to but, seems to open my files as blanks. OpenOffice.org works grand! My hat's off to the guys who packaged this! Excellent work.

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    Thanks from the packagers (Score: 1)
    by haggai (haggai at sourceforge) on Monday, April 29 @ 08:52:56 BST
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    Thanks a lot everyone for your comments about our packages! We've not been around over the weekend so sorry to those guys who turned up on #debian-oo with questions that no-one answered.

    So far, probably 95% of the time spent on making OOo packages has been on getting the thing to build at all. We had many issues to solve or work around, and with a complete build needing 10 hours for i386 and 24 for PPC, it has taken a long time to get this far. The actual packaging and Debian integration has not been worked on a great deal since Peter's original packages for 638c, and several things have changed since then (these are packages of the 1.0 CVS, due to be officially released in the next week or so).

    We should have the dependencies fixed up within the next day or two I hope, and a new aptable archive containing both i386 and PPC archives and the needed stlport .deb should be up very soon, once the scripts are fixed.

    If you have suggestions or patches, please post them to debian-openoffice@lists.debian.org for the moment. We have a backlog of reports already, but I'm keeping an archive and we will try to get round to looking at all your comments.

    Thanks also to Jan-Hendrik Palic and Peter Novodvorsky for their hard work on these packages and to Moscow State University for providing space on their machine for CVS and web, despite a fire in the neighbouring lab last week!

    Chris Halls

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    Problem installing on unstable (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, April 29 @ 11:55:44 BST

    When I try to install openoffice.org on Debian Unstable, I get the error:

    openoffice.org: Depends: libstlport4.5 (= 4.5.3.gcc3-2) but 4.5.3-2 is to be installed

    What am I missing?

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    Re: OpenOffice packages available (Score: 2, Interesting)
    by Anonymous on Monday, April 29 @ 12:05:35 BST

    Great news! However, I can't use the program, because I don't want to install the non-free package libgpcl0. I hope there's a way to make the free program openoffice depend on only free software.

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    Re: OpenOffice packages available (Score: 1, Insighful)
    by Anonymous on Monday, April 29 @ 14:05:06 BST

    One issue that might need addressing in the openoffice packages relates to integration with ODBC libraries.

    StarOffice, and I assume openoffice too, expects to load a dynamic library named libodbc.so to provide the ODBC connectivity.

    Unfortunately Debian policy places the libodbc.so symlink into the -dev packages related to the particular ODBC manager being used (iODBC or UnixODBC). Installing either of these -dev packages is quite a diskspace overhead just to provide a symlink.

    openoffice either needs modifying to look for the relevant ODBC library and load it directly or make the libodbc symlink in the event that neither -dev package is installed.

    You can argue that installing a symlink manually is feasible but if you are deploying openoffice corporate-wide this is going to be a pain to manage long term as libraries are updated.

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    Re: OpenOffice packages available (Score: 1)
    by oyenstikker (ude.tir@7923bms) on Tuesday, April 30 @ 01:12:43 BST
    (User Info) http://sandra.rh.rit.edu/~sbyrne/

    Slow as dirt on an Athlon 1GHz system. Hangs frequently. Defintely still beta quality.

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    Re: OpenOffice packages available (Score: 1)
    by mtthws on Tuesday, April 30 @ 04:55:09 BST
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    Maybe I am just stupid, but I installed the openoffice deb package and when I try to run openoffice I am told I have no ~./openoffice/soffice file, I do not know what to put in said file, and when I creat a blank one open office just runs and stops instantly. Why does it need a file called soffice for open office, and what can I do to fix this?

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    Re: OpenOffice packages available (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 30 @ 07:40:07 BST

    Archive seems to have disappeared:

    Failed to fetch http://apt-proxy.sourceforge.net/openoffice/./Packages 404 Not Found

    Failed to fetch http://apt-proxy.sourceforge.net/openoffice/./Sources 404 Not Found

    Rainer

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    New location!!!!! (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, May 20 @ 02:30:43 BST

    Sorry! No longer available here

    We have been asked by the Quality of Service Manager for SourceForge.net to remove these archives, which were generating substantial amounts of traffic (1500+ hits/day). We apologise for the short notice, and to the staff at SF.net for causing problems.

    Openoffice.org .debs are available from these apt sources:

    Primary site (Moscow State University):

    deb http://www.mx1.ru/~chris/openoffice unstable main contrib

    deb-src http://www.mx1.ru/~chris/openoffice unstable main contrib

    Fast mirror in Germany:

    deb ftp://ftp.vpn-junkies.de/openoffice unstable main contrib

    deb-src ftp://ftp.vpn-junkies.de/openoffice unstable main contrib

    Please see these links for more information about Openoffice.org for Debian:

    Main Page

    Mirror sites, build and install guide

    Thanks,

    Chris Halls

    Debian Openoffice.org Team

    15 May 2002

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