OpenOffice Manual Install

  • Download deb .tar.gz file
    e.g: Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.7_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-GB.tar.gz
  • Extract it to a temporary directory
    tar xf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.7_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-GB.tar.gz
  • Make a subdirectory to extract the deb files to and cd to it.
    mkdir tmp
    cd tmp
  • Run the following script to extract the contents of every deb file:
for file in find ../*.deb
   ar -xv "$file"
   tar xf data.tar.gz
   rm -f data.tar.gz control.tar.gz debian-binary
  • Move opt/openoffice4 to /opt/
    sudo mv ./opt/openoffice4 /opt/
  • Run /opt/openoffice4/program/soffice

You could now create a .desktop file and set its icon.