MonthMay 2009

Openoffice.org 3.1.0 on Dell Mini 9 with Ubuntu 8.04.1

So I have *finally* received the 9 inch Dell mini that I had ordered over a month ago. The device pre-installed with Ubuntu was much more preferable, even though the release is a couple of versions old now.

Everything is great so far, but the first thing that i had to do was update the version of OpenOffice.org being used. Its not so much that I have any problems with version 2.4, but rather everything else I am using is version 3.0 or 3.1.  I have seen several issues when opening and transferring an *.odt between varying versions of openoffice.  Its never fun to lose or mess up formating.

Luckily for me, there were only a couple of dependencies that had to be resolved and the packages I lost, didn’t really impact me.

First off, I had to add the project that maintains the lastest OOo for Ubuntu. Either through the GUI or to /etc/apt/sources.list, add

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu hardy main

and then wget their key and import it. I panzied out and used the GUI to import it.

http://ppa.launchpad.net/openoffice-pkgs/ubuntu/dists/hardy/Release.gpg

you next apt-get update, and should remove the following to packages, and all their dependencies.

aptitude remove openoffice.org-l10n-en-za openoffice.org-l10n-en-gb

at which point, you are clear to do an

aptitude dist-upgrade

all done!

take care,

vb

jre and jdk version 1.5 for slackware-12.2 (and -current for that matter)

due to my current line of work, i am not able to completely migrate to the latest stable java, version 6, that ships with slackware-12.2 and slackware-current.
i have taken a snapshot of the last slackware build scripts, for java 1.5 and have kept them updated for the latest jre and jdk updates.
you can find them here for the jdk and the jre

currently it is on 1.5.0 update 17, but this is an svn directory, so it may bump versions at a later date.

enjoy,

vb