Lubuntu Office

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2012 | Posted by Aaron Hampshire | Labels: , ,
Lubuntu ships with Abiword and Gnumeric as the default office programs. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of both of these apps. But I've found certain parts of LibreOffice Writer to be essential. Although it is not as light as Abiword, writer is still snappy and the extra options are extremely useful.
If you're not familiar with LibreOffice, it's a fork of OpenOffice, and is considered by many to be hold the brightest future of the two. It is now the default office suite in Ubuntu.

To install the whole suite, paste the following into the terminal.
sudo apt-get install libreoffice
To only install the writer:
sudo apt-get install libreoffice-writer
This past week, after a software upgrade, the entire office suite got a nice visual upgrade. That is, it no longer looks like it runs on Windows, circa 1995.

I can't fail two mention two more essential (in my opinion) add-ons to LibreOffice Writer.

The first, is the Faenza icon theme. It's not colorful, but I love the minimalist, crisp feel. You can download it here with install directions.

The second add-on is the TexMaths extension.
It's an insanely fast, Latex editor for equations. Once you get hooked, MS word equation editor will seem incredibly dated.
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