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License: GPL, LGPL and similiar
Web: is a multiplatform, multilingual, open source office suite. It is available for most of the common operating systems like Linux, Unix, Windows and Mac OS X. is available at no cost. It uses the OASIS Standard OpenDocument format, but is also interoperable with every major office suite. is based on StarOffice, an office suite originally developed by StarDivision and acquired by Sun Microsystems in August 1999.

Update to Latest Version packages have been obsoleted by LibreOffice.


The primary information source is the official site. General questions about the application usage can be best answered on the mailing list One must be subscribed to post messages there. It is also possible to search the mailing list archive.

Reporting Bugs packages have been obsoleted by LibreOffice.

Dependencies During Update

The OpenOffice_org package has been split into more optional packages (-writer, -calc, -impress) since OOo-2.3. Also the packages with extra localizations started to be architecture independent (noarch). You may need to select the right architecture and version by hand when updating via the Build Service.

If YaST is reporting some conflicts or missing dependencies, please make sure that the right version and architecture is selected. They are visible in the the Versions tab:



Recent OpenOffice packages are shipped with an oxygen theme to better fit into the KDE4 workspace. However, this theme is still very buggy and many elements are not displayed correctly. This can be changed by exporting environment variables:

export GTK2_RC_FILES=PathToYourGtkrc
export OOO_FORCE_DESKTOP=gnome

Setting the latter to "none" will remove any desktop integration. However, it will remove native KDE open/save dialogs, too! "kde" will bring back an old KDE3 style and "kde4" is the default setting on openSUSE and is the one which loads the oxygen mockup and native open/save dialog.

A nice way to work around the oxygen issue is to use "gnome" combined with local ~/.gtkrc-2.0 in which QtCurve is set as default gtk theme. The price to pay is that the open/save dialog gets missed. If someone has a fix for this issue, please correct this paragraph!

More environment variables can be found here:

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