The latest incarnation of the venerable Open Office has arrived to minimal fanfair but is welcomed into the Centos 6 Minimal Fluxbox Desktop fold with a substantial degree of enthusiasm.

Open Office has moved on a little from it’s LibreOffice ported roots and has started to grow its own limbs, many of which seem to work quite well on their own now. 

Open Office 4 installation Centos 6

At 57 million downloads to date it is set to become a significant fixture
on many Linux Desktops. It is ideally suited to the Centos 6 Minimal Fluxbox
Desktop due to its flexibilty and ease of integration. OO4 is a major update
to previous versions and contains a number of improvements, taking it off at
a considerable tangent from it’s LibreOffice origins.

Language support is now at 22 languages and there have been 500 bug fixes
(thats a lot of bugs), enhancements to drawing/graphics and performance along
with improved Microsoft Office interoperabilty. A new logo is incorporated
as a result of a contest among talented designers which resulted in a
shortlist of 40 logos.

Other new features include the Sidebar UI, on permanent loan from IBM’s Lotus Symphony
with a few adaptations for improved performance on widescreen displays,
a media player and a gallery, new color pallete, new gradients, support for
graphic bullets for MS Word, special numbering retention for ppt files, pie chart height for Excel files, formula/name range support in chart data and numerous
other enhancements

The built in Media Player is useful if you don’t have one already and could
easily be your main player if necessary. The codecs needed to run most files can
be obtained as below. You will need the RPMForge repo, first obtain openoffice-4.0 

Extract the files, then move in to the RPMS directory and install all the rpms

$ sudo rpm -Uvh *.rpm 

Then from the desktop-integration directory select the freedesktop package.


$ sudo rpm -Uvh

$ sudo vi /etc/yum.repos.d/rpmforge.repo  

and disable it by default or try set priority = 10

sudo yum -y –enablerepo=rpmforge install compat-libstdc++-33
libdvdread libdvdplay libdvdnav lsdvd libquicktime
flash-plugin mplayer 
mplayer-gui gstreamer-ffmpeg gstreamer-plugins-good



$ sudo wget

$ sudo wget


$ sudo wget

$ sudo wget

$ sudo rpm -Uvh *.rpm                     


$ sudo yum -y –enablerepo=rpmforge install ffmpeg

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Author: Paul Anthony McGowan

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