Getting started with StarOffice under Linux

By Steven Gould, LinuxWorld.com |  Software

Refer to the earlier section, titled "Getting Started," for details on setting up your environment.


  • The setup program is much like the familiar InstallShield type of installations. It will create the necessary directories, copy and extract program files, create local settings, and compile the help files.


  • If you use KDE as your desktop environment, you can install StarOffice with KDE. The installation program will be able to detect that you are running KDE and automatically update the KDE program menu with three new icons for running StarOffice. KDE will prompt you to restart the KDE Panel to make the new icons appear.


    Users then will need to run setup to install their user files. This can be done by selecting the setup icon from the StarOffice program group under KDE. Alternatively, each user can execute the setup program from the /opt/Office51/bin directory.



    Single-user installation



    You may want to perform a single-user installation of StarOffice if you just want to try it out and don't have the required write permissions to install into /opt. A single-user installation also requires approximately 150 MB disk space (162.5 MB during installation).


    You should ensure that you have set up your environment -- with respect to required libraries -- as described in the "Getting Started" section.


    To perform a single-user installation:


    • Change to the directory containing the installation files (on the CD version of StarOffice, that is /cdrom/linux/office51) and run the setup program:



    cd /cdrom/linux/office51

    ./setup



    Again, if you get a segmentation fault at this point, your environment is probably not set up correctly. Refer to the earlier section titled "Getting Started" for details on setting up your environment.


  • The setup program is similar to the familiar InstallShield software. It will create the necessary directories, copy and extract program files, create local settings, and compile the help files.



  • Conclusion



    StarOffice delivers another commercial-quality office suite to Linux, as well as to Solaris, Windows, and OS/2 desktops. The current version, 5.1, has clearly been designed with a multiuser environment in mind, and it works well in that scenario.

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