February 27, 2009

No more DictOO in OOo

Filed under: ooo — SiKing @ 1:41 pm

I have been complaining about the mess of dictionaries in for a while. Finally, some good news … I think.

Starting in OOo3 (but I myself did not notice until today in version 3.0.1), the dictionaries have moved into the extensions. From the user point of view, this means that the ol’ DictOO Wizard is now gone. There is an Extension Manager (how long has this been around, and why didn’t anyone tell me?), similar to the Add-ons manager that you may be familiar with in some of the Mozilla products.

Extension Manager

So now if you want a new dictionary, you would go to Tools > Language > More Dictionaries Online. The placement of this in the menus actually makes sense, as opposed to the old File > Wizards > Install new dictionaries. You will be taken to a page, where you need to search for the dictionary you want, but you can search for any other extentions that you would like. When the .oxt file is finished downloading, it will be opened in the Extension Manager … just like in Mozilla. Note that there is also an ‘Add’ button for off-line installs. You still need to restart (exit Quickstarter if you have it running) OOo, for the changes to take effect. Friggin’ brilliant! 🙂

And of course, the ol’ dictionary.lst is no longer used for anything.

The Ubuntu repos, however, are still missing CA dictionaries among the language-*-en packages. 😦

February 18, 2009 PPA changes

Filed under: iotal,linux,ooo — SiKing @ 10:30 am

I got a few third-party repos on my Linux box, and for like the past month I have been getting some errors when refreshing my packages:

W: GPG error: hardy Release: The following
signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not
available: NO_PUBKEY 60D11217247D1CFF
W: GPG error: hardy Release: The following
signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not
available: NO_PUBKEY FCA4A9D8F45955CE

All this comes from outdated GPG keys due to some changes at info and alternate solution.

The first one comes from OpenOffice.org3 – full instructions here. All you have to do is update your key with: sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 247D1CFF.

The second one is from Transmission – again, full instructions. For that one, I did two things: 1) update the repo source to (from, and 2) update the key with: sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 365C5CA1.

For the sake of cleaning up, I would still like to find out how to delete the old keys and perhaps more importantly which keys to get rid of.

As a last bit, I would like to say that all this is the opposite of intuitive – definitely an area for improvement.

December 27, 2008

More Minty goodness?

Filed under: iotal,linux,ooo — SiKing @ 9:10 pm

Over the holidays I tried the recently released Linux Mint 6 – Felicia.

Nothing much changed in the installer from version 5 – Elyssa. I think the whole install took something on the magnitude of 15 minutes including formatting the disks – compared to Windows 2000 which was in the range of 45 minutes, and that does not include hunting down all the drivers afterwards. (I needed the Windows to update my BIOS. 😛 ) If you give the installer an Internet connection, it will download something (this will be on top of the 15 minutes install). I did not actually check, but I suspect it downloaded all the language packs which you otherwise get on the Universal DVD. I did have a couple of very minor complaints about the installer. It would be nice if you could turn off swap for the liveCD (yea, I know there is a command-line way of doing it), in case you are going to modify it. The new system did not know about my previous users, even thought I had their homes stored on a separate partition that I mounted as /home. I don’t really get the point of turning on/off the Fortunes in terminal as part of the post-install.

I experienced some problems with video. First I noticed that Xorg takes up more memory – around twice 120MB when idle, compared to twice 80MB. When starting the X server (hard reboot, or even just switching users), the last active user’s desktop would quickly flash by; I thought this at least a little odd. I tried to connect an external monitor (actually a television set with a VGA input), which totally screwed up my video settings. Not only could Felicia not figure out properly what resolution the monitor was, but even after disconnecting the monitor, the settings on my laptop LCD were screwed up on all user accounts, and all of them differently! Turning off the proprietary drivers did not make a difference. After that parts of the screen even temporarily stopped responding, so I would get this deco effect thing happening.

While browsing around I also noticed a bunch of new things in the Startup programs (see System > Preferences > Sessions) which have no description; so I have to go searching to see if I really want them or not. I think the biggest letdown from Felicia is that, just like Ibex, she does not come with 3. However, you can upgrade it yourself; here is how. If you do, you can dump ~/.openoffice.org2 the user settings are now stored in ~/

Update 09/09/24: OpenOffice.org3 is no longer available for Hardy / Elyssa.

Elyssa was exciting, young, slim, and perhaps a little inexperienced, but once you figure out how to touch her, she was open to try anything. Felicia is more mature, putting on the pounds just a little, but dependable; however, underneath she is a new woman, demanding and uncompromising, that you have to learn how to play all over again. In the end, Elyssa is going to be around longer than Felicia even on my machine. Even set up Elyssa XFCE edition on my son’s old Latitude. :mrgreen:

December 26, 2008

Installing dictionaries in

Filed under: ooo — SiKing @ 5:10 pm

When installing new dictionaries in OOo, here a couple of hints:

  1. You probably want everyone on your computer to be able to use the dictionary. Run OOo with Administrator setup: sudo openoffice. Then go through the wizard under File > Wizards > Install new dictionaries…
  2. If the DicOOo wizard is too small, you need to turn off special effects like Compiz. See this post if you want an explanation.

See updated information here.

June 4, 2008 not colourful enough!

Filed under: ooo,windows — SiKing @ 4:11 pm


I am big fan of FOSS. I don’t know what existed before the Netscape suite, and I don’t much care for anything outside of that family of products today. I always looked at MS competition, but their Office suite was usually forced down my throat due to compatibility issues with management and marketing at work. really grabbed me only after version 2.

The other day, I needed to generate some birthday party invitations for my 8y.o. daughter. How hard can that be? Just grab a nice template off the net and off you go. Right? 😕

Anything nice here?”

“No,” says my daughter, “I like horsies.”

“OK,” resisting the knee-jerk reaction. “Let us see what we can find on the Internet.”

“I don’t like any of those either. Why don’t you go to that really colourful one daddy?” I know she is talking about MS-Office, and you should know that she has never seen 2007 version.

“Well let’s try just one more look.”

“Daddy, is this going to take long?” Still looking over my shoulder, but a little more impatient. Actually, so am I; this should not be that difficult!

Screw it! Three clicks later, I’m staring at Active-X errors in Firefox. 🙄

Why is it that anytime I have a chance to show somebody something relatively simple in some office suite, keep in mind that I am not an office drone and so I am no guru with any office suite, I can usually come up with a better, but more importantly faster, solution in MS?

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