Follow the instructions link on backports, it's important not to click on the HOWTO link, because this leads to a blank page, you will then wrongly conclude you aren't going to find any help.

Using is very simple:

1. Add this line

deb sarge-backports main contrib non-free

to your /etc/apt/sources.list.

2. Run apt-get update

3. All backports are deactivated by default. If you want to install something from backports run:

apt-get -t sarge-backports install [package] 

Where [package] is the software package we want to install.

This is a lot better than the previous solution which required the use of pinning for each package you wanted to select, this seemed a lot of bother compared to the usual use of dselect. There are instructions on use of pinning on the backports site.

Now that we know how to install a package, the only problem left is to work out the name of the package that provides openoffice2.

I managed to work out this from reading the Contents of the backports repository in my browser. For i386 architecture this can be done by looking inside this file: The other option is to try and guess the name of the package!

I should have been able to guess the package name was Which I installed apt-get -t sarge-backports install