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I need to read some .docx files and the standard 3.0.1 version of OpenOffice writer that comes with Unbuntu 9.04 just ain't handling it. I tried the instructions from the following site: http://news.softpedia.com/news/How-to-Install-OpenOffice-org-3-1-on-Ubuntu-9-04-111105.shtml, both the GUI steps in the main article, and a scripted version in one of the comments, but my system never seems to do the partial update, and the OpenOffice version is unchanged after I uninstall and reinstall it from the command line. Has anybody had similar problems?

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They're already on version 3.2, just to let you know. :) – Sasha Chedygov May 17 '10 at 22:58

You should leave softpedia as it is.
Just open a Terminal and:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openoffice-pkgs/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

(SoftPedia does it the same way but well.. try this out. Maybe you missed the update of your repositories or something.)

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It might be easier to update Ubuntu to 10.04

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I ended up being unable to upgrade, so I installed from downloaded .deb files using the instructions found here:

http://user.services.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=68

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