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