UPDATE: read this article if you’re using Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
Since the arrival of Natty Narwhal (11.04), LibreOffice has become the default productivity suite under Ubuntu. Being a French speaking person, installing the French dictionary turns out be really useful. It may sound stupid, but it took me about an hour of googling before finally finding this page: LibreOffice – Ubuntu Wiki.
Installing the good package
It turns out the only thing you have to do is install the right package for every language you need. For example:
- French: language-support-writing-fr
- Spanish: language-support-writing-es
- Italian: language-support-writing-it
Open Synaptic Package Manager, install the package of your choice, and you’re done!
Installing an OpenOffice extension
For some reason, you might want to install a dictionary as an OpenOffice extension (also works with LibreOffice). In this case, visit this page, and download the extensions (one extension per language) you need. Double click on each downloaded extension file (.oxt) and LibreOffice will do the rest. For most users, I suggest installing the package instead of the extension though.