Starting Openoffice 2.0 on a Linux system


Today, I installed Red Hat Enterprise Workstation 4.4 on my laptop.  Opted to leave Openoffice 1.2 out of the installation and download and install OO2 separately.

The install seemed to go fine, but for the life of me, cannot figure out how to start the application.  A search of menus, man pages, and the OO2 directory itself isn't of much help.

This is my first time using OO so would appreciate the help...

Thank you!

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nociConnect With a Mentor Software EngineerCommented:
On gentoo the oo2 tools are named ending in a 2.

oowriter2  - write
oomath2 - spreadsheet
ooimpress2 - presenter
ooweb2 - web editor
ootool2 -- lockdown tool
oodraw2 -- drawing tool
oobase2 -- database tool

anyway "rpm -ql {package}"   where {package} is the software you installed should
show what files have been installed anyway.
LuxanaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
One optin can be by using command line:
>$ soffice -writer
or         swriter


Spreadsheet  -calc
Drawing -draw
Presentation -impress
Formula -math
Web page -web

U can try create short cuts by your self.

hope this helps
I think installs to the /opt directory.  Have you tried looking there?
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donparAuthor Commented:

Thank you all for your comments!

Yes I did try looking in the opt directory but really didn't see any obvious "hooks" there.

This evening I'll try some of the suggestions...

Thanks again,

donparAuthor Commented:

Sorry for the delay getting back...  

I'm afraid that none of the suggestions led to a working solution.  Will leave this up a little longer to see if anyone else has something to add...

Thanks again for your responses.

donparAuthor Commented:
FINALLY found the answer.
Assuming an RPM installation, it is first necessary to unpack the tar archive that comes from the OO Web site.
It's contents are something like this:

[root@jet-ew4 RPMS]# ls

For the installation I simply did an "rpm -Uvh *.rpm".
After the installatation completes, it's necessary to cd to the "desktop-integration" directory  It gives a listing like this:

After I ran "rpm -Uvh"  the OO2 menu appeared nice as can be in the
"Applications/Office" menu in this Red Hat setup.   At last-- it's possible to try OO2!


nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
I  agree
donparAuthor Commented:

As I'd found the solution, had forgotten the question was still open on Experts Exchange-- my apologies.

I'll split the points between the two responders for taking the time to answer the question...

Thank you,

Don P.
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