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    Can someone explain how i would go about repairiing "broken packages" in my ubuntu distro of linux?

    Also.............I would like to install the latest version of openoffice which I have downloaded into linux. I am looking for Setup.exe but cant find anything im farmiliar with (im new to linux). Can someone advise me?

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    I would suggest only installing packages via synaptic. You can find this from the System-> Administration -> synaptic package manager or from the command line via
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    sudo synaptic
    The packages that are installed with synaptic will work with your system. Trying to install packages from source code, tar balls or from packages that were not meant for your configuration is possible but you have to be ready to deal with miscellaneous problems. If you are new to Linux I would suggest taking an easy route at first.

    I do not have a general method for fixing broken packages. However, I would suggest that you try and remove these packages then search synaptic for what you what.

    In the long run Linux is worth the effort. We use Linux exclusively here at home.

    What are some of the things you what to do with your system?


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    hi thanks, i have installed ubuntu linux inside windows (however it gives the effect od fual booting) - im going to use it as a "back up"so i can read emails, browse the web and write documents when windows goes down (as it invariably dos from time to time)

    The syntaptic route i know, trouble is it doesnt work - thats the "broken package". :?
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    When you say "inside Windows," are you saying that you boot Windows first, then boot Linux in a virtual machine? Or do you get presented with a choice for Windows or Ubuntu at startup?

    As far as "broken packages," I recommend opening a terminal window and typing these commands at the ~$ prompt:

    sudo apt-get -f install
    sudo apt-get --fix-missing install

    Then you can

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

    If the first command above tells you that you can use apt-get autoremove, go right ahead. This can save you some disk space since it'll get rid of packages you no longer need. After all that, open your Synaptic again and see if you still get the error.

    Now, the OpenOffice install. One way is to install it via the package manager. That's actually the best way. Are you installing 2.4 or 3.0?

    2.4 is in the package manager, but you'll need to add a repository which will allow you to upgrade to 3.0 from 2.4. Unfortunately, it won't install the newest version without first installing the older that I've seen.

    To install 3.0 from scratch, you can download the tar file from OpenOffice.org, which is what you might have. If so, then you can open OOo_3.0.0_LinuxIntel_install_english-US_deb.tar.gz with your archive manager and extract it to the Home directory.

    After this, open a terminal window and type:

    cd OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358/DEBS

    which is the folder your extraction should have created.

    Next, type:

    sudo dpkg -i *.deb

    After the installs are finished, type:

    cd desktop-integration
    sudo dpkg -i *.deb

    That last command should install icons on your applications menu under "Office." If not, you can right click on "Applications" then chose "edit" and add a new application under the Office sub-menu. Or you can put a button on your panel by right clicking on the panel and choosing "Add to panel -> Custom Application Launcher." Either way, when you get to the part where it asks for command, use this:

    /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice

    Good, luck. Let us know how it works out for you.
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