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Ubuntu/Linux Mint Open Office

I grew up with Windows and thus MS Office… As MS introduced the Ribbon feature, IMO things went downhill. The program got overly complex and a drain on resources, as such I came upon OpenOffice… great! An open source alternative to MS Office and it worked nicely.

Then a some years back, I started messing around with Dual Booting my machine, Windows on one side and Ubuntu on the other. But with Ubuntu came LibreOffice, which to this day just does not work cleanly and smoothly as OpenOffice does.

These days, triggered by the ultimate in shady operating systems, Windows 10, I no longer dual boot and instead only use Linux. As a developer I rarely need to use Office, so up until now I have put up with inadequacies of LibreOffice… but today when I actually had to write a document from scratch, enough was enough.

Installing OpenOffice on Linux:

  1. Remove LibreOffice:
  2. Clean up:
  3. Download the latest DEB from https://www.openoffice.org/download/
  4. Untar the compressed file either via cli or right cliking on the tar and selecting ‘Extract here’
  5. Open a command line in the extracted folder
  6. Change dir to DEBS
  7. Install all the program files:
  8. Install all the desktop icons for OpenOffice:
  9. Done.


Mount HDD Linux and automount with fstab

1 – Check the drive is visible to the os

Which should spit out something like this:


instead of using fdisk you could also use

if you cannot see your drive, or you don’t have a parition yet see here

2 – Create a mount point

A mount point is basically an empty folder, typically this is in either /media or /mnt on linux systems. So choose one and create a sub-directory:

3 – Auto-mount the drive with fstab

To mount the drive reliably you should mount via the UUID, this is specific to the partition.

This will output a list of UUID’s to screen, based on the output from fdisk above you should be able to recognise which line belongs to which drive.

Now add a new new entry to /etc/fstab:

4 – Mount all from fstab

That’s it. You should now be able to see the contents of your drive in you mount point. A system reboot will auto-mount the drive again.

To unmount temporarily just unmount the mount point: