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With the current version of LL, those using the 64-bit version can install the 64-bit version of FreeOffice. However, when LL2 comes out, EVERYONE will need to install the 32-bit version of FreeOffice, since LL2 uses the 14.04 kernel...


I think this article is saying that Ubuntu 12.04 hasn't fully adopted the new "multi-arch" libraries, so my best guess is that if you are using a 64-bit version of LL, then download the one for older 64-bit systems.  If you have a 32-bit LL installed, then the other one will be fine.  I'm going to download it too just to see what it's like and I'm going to go with the older 64-bit version myself.

If you're not sure what version of LL you are using, go to Menu -> System -> System Information; then click on "Operating System" and look at the "Kernel" line.  If it says "(x86_64)" it's 64-bit.


Just open a terminal and enter the following and look for same thing:

--- Code: ---uname -a
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Apologies if this is a stupid question, but this Free Office sounds worth investigating. Checking out my download options, they suggest:

.deb archive for 32-bit systems (for example Debian and Ubuntu) and 64-bit systems with multiarch (see note below):

.deb archive for old 64-bit systems without multiarch (for example Debian 64 bit before version 7 and Ubuntu 64 bit before version 13):

and I was a bit hesitant since I believe Linux Lite is based on Ubuntu 12.04 but am unsure about multiarch ...

Thanks for any guidance!


I think I'm going to use FreeOffice from here on out. It uses a LOT less hard drive space than either AbiWord/Gnumeric OR LibreOffice, and the compatibility with Office can't be beat. It's certainly better than using MS Office in Wine!

You have to register with them to get a registration key to unlock the FreeOffice suite, but it's well worth the trouble...



--- Quote from: Floydcat2 on May 10, 2014, 05:39:31 PM ---Scott(0) is correct. I wanted maximum usability.
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As Scott(0) pointed out, converting/saving to pdf format might be best since virtually everyone has pdf readers installed (Adobe Acrobat, etc.).  If it is required to submit in .doc, .docx, etc., then you need to be sure to specify that when saving things with Libre Office; otherwise it will save as native .odt format which MS Office may or may not handle.  (Haven't used MS Office in many years, so don't know if handles .odt format.)

From what people say, the more complicated the formatting of the document or spreadsheet, the more likely there will be problems between the two as far as docs & spreadsheets appearing consistently on each go.

--- Quote from: Floydcat2 on May 10, 2014, 05:39:31 PM ---I finally broke down and installed my old MS Office 2007 onto my laptop. I found this great article that walked me through it:  I'm still going to play around with LibreOffice and try out everyone's suggestions, but job searching is critical right now and I just decided that I could not get by without MS Office.
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Nothing wrong with that.  Glad you found a way to do it.  Now you can get your urgent business done and when you have the time experiment more with LibreOffice to determine if it will or won't satisfy your needs in the longer run.

Have not tried the program myself, but have read a number of posts by people who recommend the same program that Alba pointed out -- SoftMaker FreeOffice, or their commercial (for pay) version Softmaker Office.  From what people say it sounds like a very good alternative if complete compatibility is needed.  So, something to look into in the future if you want.


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