Intro – This is Part 5 in a new Porteus v5.0 series, and I am sorta gearing the series towards MS Windows users, but still mindful of interested Linux users. I first started using Porteus Linux around March of 2022, and some of my posts back then are a little outdated now – or – at least sections of them are. Porteus v5.0 Linux was just released on July 3rd, 2022 and I’m using this series to correct some of my earlier mistakes and to provide an easier way of installing Porteus Linux. The older posts are still useful for me to refer back to, but my knowledge of Porteus has…has…has vastly increased in less than 4-months from that first post. Porteus is plenty stable enough for even newbie MS Windows users to thrash ‘n hack around in without breaking everything…in most cases. 😉

The Series

In Part 1 we covered creating a fat32 ‘Live‘ Porteus USB, and then using its GParted app to prep a Target drive.

In Part 2 we prepped a Target drive wid two partitions – a 360 MiB fat32 partition & an 114.26 GiB ext4 partition. Then we used the EFI, boot, and porteus folders – located on that fat32 ‘Live‘ Porteus USB to create the new Porteus 5.0 Cinnamon installation that had a fat32 ‘n an ext4 partition.

In Part 3 we covered: the Official Porteus Installation Guide, their Forum, the actual Porteus Home page, and mentioned the_Username for root is root and password is toor_User name for guest is guest and password is guest. Went over what to expect during ‘First Boot Up‘ after installation, and the available options (that I have used) in the Graphical menu window. After booting into the new desktop, the topic of ‘Editing the porteus.cfg file‘ was covered for those interested in ‘Passwordless‘ OS sessions, and a basic introduction to that important ‘n easy to edit porteus.cfg file.

In Part 4 we covered the Porteus Browser Tool ‘n installing the Firefox browser.

Installing LibreOffice

I’m am going to use pics from the 4/10/2022 Porteus 5.0-rc3 CINNAMON – ‘Install LibreOffice 7.3.2 w/ Help from Porteus Forum‘ post…because I am lazy. 😉 That Version was 7.3.2.2 and the new Version I just installed is 7.3.4.2 using the same installation method, i.e. this method installs an updated one.

  • NOTE: I have found that once a Porteus module has been created, it can be copy to other Porteus installations (if needed), so I actually save all my modules on a backup drive and/or data drive. In other words, I could’ve used the older LibreOffice-7.3.2-x86_64-en-US-1bl.xzm module for this new Porteus 5.0 installation, but wanted to test this method to see if it would create an updated Version, and it did – the LibreOffice-7.3.4-x86_64-en-US-1bl.xzm module (in above pic).

1) Open a terminal ‘n type: update-libreoffice

2a) After you pick the language (mine was en-US) type: update-libreoffice en-US

2b) It starts “Downloading” the live script ‘n then the libreoffice file ‘n then asks “Do you want to build LibreOffice 7.3.2 xzm module? [y/n]” – enter: y

3) When it finishes, it will leave a message at the bottom saying where the “LibreOffice module” is, and then says “Please move it to your modules folder to survive a reboot.”

4) Move LibreOffice-7.3.2-x86_64-en-US-1bl.xzm from /tmp to the porteus modules folder (/mnt/sda1/porteus/modules). You could “Activate” it now, by clicking on it in the porteus modules folder, or just wait ‘n let the reboot do it.

5a) Reboot the computer.

5b) After rebooting open the Menu:

Conclusion

  • Is copying your own post legal in the Blogosphere?? 😉

Have installed the new Porteus 5.0 Linux OS…added a browser to it, and have just added an office suite – LibreOffice. We now have a portable, fast & powerful lightweight Linux OS that is ready to start ‘Working‘!

  • I believe one more Part will do it…an interesting one since I’m still learning the ins ‘n outs of the Porteus module creating & Package Management.

Will add this post to the Windows 11 & Porteus Linux & Special *PURPOSE* Linuxes pages…

to be continued.