I have recently installed Mint 7, after testing it for a few days in a VirtualBox. Using the VirtualBox installation, I was able to launch Open Office without problems. After the direct installation of Mint 7, an attempt to launch Open Office hangs at the first splash screen. Attempting to launch Open Office in a terminal results in the following message: "unable to get gail version number."
I don't see anything relevant in this forum, although a general search reveals that there is an unresolved Ubuntu bug report (365763) concerning this issue. I have tried the two suggestions mentioned in this bug report, with no positive result.
Has anyone had similar problems launching Open Office and--more importantly--does anyone have a solution?