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Dec 18, 2012

LibreOffice for Raspberry Pi

The LibreOffice free office suite is now available for the credit card sized single-board computer developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation and The Document Foundation have announced that a complete version of LibreOffice is now available for Raspberry Pi, the credit-card sized computer created with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. Raspberry PC is a mini PC that is capable of connecting a TV and a keyboard, which can be used for many important tasks, such as spreadsheets, word-processing and games. “The availability of LibreOffice, the best free office suite ever, on the Raspberry Pi – the most affordable PC ever, targeted to hardware and software enthusiasts, and schools – is extremely important for The Document Foundation, because it will contribute to the growth of the brand awareness in key market segments,” comments Bjoern Michaelsen, a Canonical developer and a deputy member of the Board of Directors of The Document Foundation.

LibreOffice is the first complete office that can run on a 40 dollar credit card sized PC, without any compromise on features and performances. The LibreOffice package has been ported to ARM by multiple contributors from Canonical, Debian and RedHat, and was packaged for the Raspberry Pi by Rene Engelhard as a part of his work as the Debian maintainer for LibreOffice. “I’m very impressed that the LibreOffice team didn’t have to make any changes to the code in order for it to compile and smoothly run on Raspberry Pi”, said Eben Upton from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. “It’s also great to have a comprehensive office suite available in the Pi Store at launch, making people even more aware of the potential of this device,” he continued.

LibreOffice for Raspbery Pi can be download from the official Pi Store and users can find comprehensive installing instructions there.

LibreOffice installation
Image credits to Libre Office


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