In this guide, we will see how to install Apache OpenOffice 3.4.1 from PPA in Ubuntu/Linux Mint. I have only managed to add the 32-bit version of OpenOffice to the PPA and for the 64-bit version, you can see below how to install it manually. If you are satisfied with LibreOffice, then I recommend that you don't install OpenOffice because in terms of features and functionality LibreOffice is the best choice for you.

The PPA below is available for these Ubuntu/Linux Mint distributions:

  • Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04/11.10 
  • Linux Mint 14/13/12

1. Removing LibreOffice/OpenOffice

First of all, you have to uninstall LibreOffice from your system to avoid any unwanted conflicts using this command:

sudo apt-get purge libreoffice*

Uninstall also any older version of OpenOffice if it is installed in your system.

2. OpenOffice 3.4.1 (i386/32-bit) Installation

Note:This PPA is not official and is created for the purpose of facilitating the installation process of OpenOffice in Ubuntu/Linux Mint.

To install OpenOffice 3.4.1, enter these commands at your own risk:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/openoffice 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install apache-openoffice
You can now search and open OpenOffice from Unity dash:

For 64-bit systems, you can download deb packages for OpenOffice 3.4.1 from here and install manually using "sudo -i dpkg *.deb".

3. OpenOffice 3.4.1 Removal

To uninstall OpenOffice 3.4.1-1 from your system, issue these commands:

sudo apt-get purge apache-openoffice
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:upubuntu-com/openoffice 
sudo apt-get update