An office suite is a collection of programs that contain word processors, spreadsheets, presentation, and database programs. There are different types of office suites which include;

  • Google Workspace
  • Libre Office
  • Microsoft Office
  • Apache OpenOffice
  • Mobisystems OfficeSuite

For Linux users, there are 2 free office suites

  • AIUS – Andrew User Interface System
  • Siag Office -Scheme in a Grid 

And 2 proprietary office suites

  • Broadvision Quicksilver formerly known as Interleaf
  • Applixware, formerly known as Aster*x developed by Applix Inc.

Apache OpenOffice is a free, open-source office suite for word processing documents, presentations, databases, spreadsheets, graphics, and more. It works on all common computers and is available in a wide range of languages. It can be used and distributed for free by anyone, that includes personal and commercial purposes.

It is a great software that does everything you want it to do, and by far simple to learn and use. So, getting started on OpenOffice should not be a problem at all. It is used by Governments, Education institutions, IT Businesses, and even F/OSS advocates just to name a few.

Features

  • Compatible with other office softwares
  • Stable Product dues to years of engineering
  • Bug-Free as most bugs are reported as soon as possible.
  • Open-source as there are no license fees to use OpenOffice.
  • Open Document Format (ODF) compatible. It opens .ods (spreadsheet), .odt (word) and .odp (presentation) files without any hassle.
  • Data is safe as OpenOffice uses default file formats that are ISO approved.
  • Easy to Migrate data that might have been typed by other office softwares with a  high degree of accuracy.
  • Better by design due to its consistency as the same thing you lean on one application and is applied on another.

In this guide, I will show you how to

  • Install Apache OpenOffice on KDE Neon|Kubuntu

Install Apache OpenOffice on KDE Neon / Kubuntu

Follow the following steps to install OpenOffice on KDE Neon / Kubuntu Linux systems.

1. Uninstall LibreOffice

First, uninstall LibreOffice. Use the following command.

sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*

Then run the following command 

sudo apt autoremove

If prompted about the disk space, type ‘y’ to continue.

2. Install JRE on Kubuntu / KDE Neon

 Update your package index

sudo apt update

Install JRE which is a requirement to run ApacheOffice on your system.

sudo apt install default-jre

This will install the default JRE. If you wish to install a different version just change the command with the version you want.

Once installed. Check the version

java --version

This will also help you confirm a successful installation.

3. Install Apache OpenOffice on KDE Neon / Kubuntu

Download the Apache OpenOffice package from the official site.

It will go to the downloads folder as shown below.

 After downloading, navigate to the Downloads folder and extract the file via the console as below.

cd Downloads

The filename might differ due to a change with the version. Hence countercheck your file name to match with the one being extracted.

tar -xvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.11_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

The extraction is done and happens as shown below.

After extraction, it will create a folder “en-US”. Navigate to the DEBS folder inside it.

cd en-US/DEBS/

Install the deb packages.

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

The extraction completes instantly.

Integrate all packages on your desktop using 

cd desktop-integration/

Install the deb packages

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

The output is as follows.

Launch the office

openoffice4

Or from the application launcher

Whichever method you open it with, You get the Welcome Windows as shown below.

Input your details and finish the process

The office opens as shown below.

ApacheOffice Writer

The ApacheOffice Writer allows you to edit documents in different fonts, layouts, and colors with different backgrounds. You can also share the document directly from the office to an email. It also allows you to convert the document to PDF.

ApacheOffice Calc

ApacheOffice Calc allows you to analyze and manage your data.

ApacheOffice Impress

ApacheOffice Impress allows you to create and edit presentations with different backgrounds and gives you templates to choose from.

ApacheOffice Base

ApacheOffice Base is a database program that allows you to query data and create forms and reports from the data.

ApacheOffice Draw

ApacheOffice Draw allows you to edit documents with graphical objects like shapes and symbols to fit your data. You have options of customizing your shapes to fit your layout.

Conclusion

From this guide, you have learned how to download and install ApacheOffice on your Kubuntu|KDE Neon system. You have learned of its various options for opening and editing documents. They include ApacheOffice Writer, ApacheOffice Calc, ApacheOffice Impress, ApacheOffice Base, and ApacheOffice Draw. These are the ones that I have covered in this guide but you can continue looking up other features that are available.

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