ch0wned – Installing Open Office 3.4 as non-root in your home directory for Redhat RHEL 5

Written by max on December 3, 2012

Introduction

This is a brief guide to help you to install a newer version of Open Office on your Linux box w/out root access. For example, you could be installing into your home directory. Things have gotten a lot easier since the RHEL4 days.

Procedure
Basic Non-Root Install from RPMs

Download the RPM-based install for your distro and architecture. Example : Apache_OpenOffice_incubating_3.4.1_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz
Unzip the Tar ball into the place you want to install Open Office
mkdir ~/oo_3.4
cd ~/oo_3.4
tar xvfz ~/Downloads/Apache_OpenOffice_incubating_3.4.1_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

Uncompress all the

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ch0wned – Keeping your own Perl library and cpan in your home directory

Written by max on April 8, 2011

ch0wned. adj. This is the state when you are a Linux user and don’t have root access.

Intro

This tutorial is for people wanting to install perl modules using CPAN who do not have root access or wish to keep a network-central module repository that is separated from the local install.

Downloads

lib::local module on CPAN

Installing

Unpackage lib::local

tar xvfz local-lib-1.008004.tar.gz

Choose a library directory

I use a value of $HOME which installs the modules into $HOME/lib/perl5

Install lib::local into the above spot

cd lib-local-1.008004
perl

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ch0wned – Firefox 4 in Redhat 5 (EL5) / CentOS 5 / CentOS 5.5

Written by max on March 29, 2011

ch0wned. adj. This is the state when you are a Linux user and don’t have root access.

Intro

The latest Firefox 4 Beta (rc2) requires GCC 4.x and a libstdc++ to match. Unfortunately, Redhat EL5 and CentOS 5 / CentOS 5.5 do not meet this requirement, no matter how many packages you update. But, luckily for us our friend rkl found a solution and posted it on mozillazine. Much to our dismay, the mozilla developers have

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ch0wned – Getting a Logitech G500 Mouse and all its Buttons Working in Redhat EL5

Written by max on February 4, 2011

ch0wned. adj. This is the state when you are a Linux user and don’t have root access. Ok, so technically for this edition of ch0wned you need to have root :-P Hint – Sys admins usually like beer.

Intro

You have a Logitech G500 or other multi-button mouse and want to get all the buttons working. These mice use the evdev driver in xserver. Unfortunately, Redhat EL5 ships with a very buggy version 1.0.0.5-5 !!!

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ch0wned – Adding Open Office 3.x and Java on EL4 for X86_64 in your homedir

Written by max on April 7, 2010

ch0wned. adj. This is the state when you are a Linux user and don’t have root access.

Intro

Continuing my install series, here’s how you get OpenOffice 3 and Java w/ the Browser plugin working out of your homedirectory on an old linux install (EL4) without root access. I assume you already have a working 64-bit firefox compiled.

This guide assumes you’re leaving off from my previous post : http://warped.org/blog/2009/03/04/chown3d-part-2-gtk-and-glib-in-your-own-home-directory/ where you’ve setup a script called config_gapp.

Downloads

OOo_3.2.0_LinuxX86-64_install_wJRE_en-US.tar.gz
jdk-6u19-linux-x64.bin

Building

Open Office

After unpackaging open

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ch0wned – Building your own Thunderbird 3 on EL4 for X86_64 in your homedir

Written by max on April 6, 2010

ch0wned. adj. This is the state when you are a Linux user and don’t have root access.

Intro

Having just gone through my guide on installing Firefox now you’re ready to do basically the same thing for Thunderbird.

This guide assumes you’re leaving off from my previous post : http://warped.org/blog/2009/03/04/chown3d-part-2-gtk-and-glib-in-your-own-home-directory/ where you’ve setup a script called config_gapp.

Prerequisites

firefox-3.6.2.source.tar.bz2
nss-3.12.6-with-nspr-4.8.4.tar.gz
sqlite-amalgamation-3.6.23.1.tar.gz
Python-2.5.5.tar.bz2
NSPR Patch from Standalone Linux (READ THIS!)
NSS Patch from Standalone Linux (READ THIS!)
My Patch for OSS

Building

Follow my guide on installing Firefox for all the

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ch0wned Part 2 – GTK+ and GLIB in your own home directory

Written by max on March 4, 2009

ch0wned. adj. This is the state when you are a linux user and don’t have root access.

For today’s installment we go over getting some basic libraries up to shape. If your Linux distro is old enough, you can’t use 3rd party binaries like Adobe Acrobat Reader (acroread), Firefox, and Flash because the GTI+ and GLIB libraries that they are compiled against are just too damned old. So we have to both install local copies, and

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ch0wned – A Linux distro in your home directory

Written by max on March 4, 2009

I’m coining a new term here : ch0wned (or ch0wn3d depending on how l33t you are).   

ch0wned. adj. This is the state when you are a linux user and don’t have root access. 

This is the case for a lot of people working Corporate jobs as engineers, including me.   I realized chr00ted is a more appropriate term, but then I couldn’t work 0wned into it.

So this post is the first in a serious of HOWTOs about maintaining a Linux distro out

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