The full-featured office suite which becomes default office suite for Ubuntu, LibreOffice has released the latest major version, LibreOffice 4.0. LibreOffice 4.0 comes with many important changes and improvements, such as:

  • Mozilla Firefox personas support
  • Android remote control app for controlling presentation.
  • Ability to import Microsoft Visio and Publisher documents.
  • Allow extra word boundary characters
  • Import / export support for native RTF math expressions
  • Allow different header and footer on the first page without using a separate page style
  • More support for DOCX and RTF documents.
  • Much accelerated multimedia previews, and previews of embedded video on Linux
  • Include for new open source fonts Open Sans (Ascender), PT Serif (ParaType), Source Code Pro and Source Sans Pro (Adobe)

For further information about LibreOffice 4.0 change log, please click here.

Install LibreOffice 4.0 on Ubuntu
Unfortunately, the LibreOffice PPA has not updated yet for LibreOffice 4.0 package, so you should download the compressed deb packages from LibreOffice website if you want to install LibreOffice 4.0 right now.

Download LibreOffice 4.0

Once downloaded, extract the file, and you should have a folder named "LibreOffice_4.0.0.3_Linux_x86_deb" or something like that. Open the folder and the open the "DEBS" folder. If you want to LibreOffice 4.0 integrates to your desktop environment, copy deb file from located in "desktop-integration" folder into where all deb files are located.

Before you install LibreOffice 4.0, you have to remove the currently installed LibreOffice, simply run the following command to do so:
  • sudo apt-get purge libreoffice*
Now, install the all deb files by executing the following command:
  • cd /DEBS/files/path
  • sudo dpkg -i *.deb

You're done! Now enjoy your newly installed LibreOffice 4.0. Regards.