The Debian project is proud to announce that the transition from
OpenOffice.org to LibreOffice has now been completed. LibreOffice has
already been available for “testing” and “unstable” since March and has
now been backported to Debian 6.0 “Squeeze”, too.
Rene Engelhard, Debian’s LibreOffice maintainer and member of
LibreOffice’s Engineering Steering Committee, says: “I am sure Debian and
its users will benefit greatly from this transition; I expect not only an
improved collaboration but also quicker development cycles.”
Installation of LibreOffice
Interested users of the current stable release Debian 6.0 “Squeeze” may
add the following line in their /etc/apt/sources.list file:
deb http://backports.debian.org/debian-backports squeeze-backports main
After adding this, perform an update and install the package libreoffice
from the squeeze-backports suite using the package management software of
your choice (e.g. apt-get update ; apt-get install -t squeeze-backports
libreoffice). Previously installed OpenOffice.org packages should be
uninstalled automatically. Depending on the used desktop environment, you
might also have to install the libeoffice-gtk, libreoffice-gnome or
More information on backports can be found on the backports.debian.org
webpage at http://backports-master.debian.org/.
LibreOffice is a free software office suite developed by The Document
Foundation as a fork of OpenOffice.org.
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