Just installed PCLinuxOS KDE 2011.6, the install went perfectly as expected. This of course is not about installing PCLinuxOS.
The first thing I did after installing was do an update using Synaptic Package Manager. That went well also, can't remember the number of packages, but it wasn't huge.
Next I clicked on the LibreOffice Manager (3.4-1pclos2011) icon on the desktop. All went well until the installing Java part came up. It came up several times and then quit, with a pop-up telling me the installation was cancelled. Sigh.... this has happened before, it's almost like it's making several attempts at getting a connection. I restarted LibreOffice Manager three times, with a bit of a wait between attempts. At this point I am considering installing Java using Synaptic Package Manager. Found a task for it anyway. Then decided to give LibreOffice Manager one more try... Well this time it must have connected because Java started to download at a respectable clip, it then finished and installed.
Then comes the LibreOffice install part.....
[break] I've been here, done that, before... Last time I installed it took several attempts across several days, in this case the download of the files started, at a very, very, very low baud rate and then after downloading for a while just quit. Some times with a popup informing me it was cancelled. Some time nothing. Eventually it installed. Sigh.... [/break]
Well this time after the download bar flashed a few times I got a popup referring me this thread, specifically to Important notes: 1b in this thread. It's in the top post. It took me a few minutes to figure out it was this thread in Tips and Tricks. I also tried one more time before looking for this thread, no joy.
Well anyway I downloaded the tarball, extracted it and installed it, per the instruction given in the step. It worked perfectly as expected and LibreOffice is now installed; it works too.
Why did I have to resort of a manual download and installation of LIbreOffice? For someone like me this is cake walk, but I can imagine the frustration of someone new to Linux or even an experienced user giving PCLinxOS a test run. In the later case, I can see that person moving on and missing out on experiencing the outstanding product that PCLinuxOS is. Truth be told, only reason I stuck with it is I have a boat load of patience and I have good experiences with PCLinuxOS.
Anyway a little bit of a rant, and to say that alternate method work just fine.