Install Thinkfree Office Suite on Ubuntu

I checked out the new Thinkfree website and their office suite, it’s awesome. Read my post about the Thinkfree suite. Thinkfree offers an offline version of the suite that will sync with the online version. This is pretty sweet and it works in Ubuntu. Below is the instruction. Pretty easy.

Install Thinkfree Office Suite

  1. Download the office suite at this page. Make sure you donwload the linux version, it would be a .sh file.
  2. Save the .bin file to your desktop
  3. Open terminal: Ctrl+Shift+T or Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
  4. Navigate to your desktop

    cd ~/Desktop

  5. Make the .bin file executable.

    sudo chmod +x filename.bin

    Replace “filename” with the .bin file’s name.

    You can see this page for more info on how to make a file executable.

  6. Execute the file

    sudo ./filename.bin

    Replace “filename” with the .bin file’s name.

  7. A dialog window will pop up, follow the instruction to install. You can select the directory, quick launch, and shortcuts on Desktop. Just like in Windows. Click Finish at the end

You are done. Enjoy.

Thinkfree Office Suite On Ubuntu

I tried out Thinkfree about a year ago and just recently check back and it was a pleasant surprise. The website looks much more professional and the user interface for the online version is totally awesome. Best off all, Thinkfree offers an offline version that sync seamlessly with the online storage. I love it. This post will not be some kind of tutorial but only my opinion about the suit. Visit my tutorial on how to install ThinkFree office suit for instruction.

The Good Stuff

Easy Installation

Except the part that I need to extract the .bin file, everything seems very easy. After extracting the .bin file, a dialog pops up and guides me through the installation process. It looks just like windows with the EULA that we never care to read, the checkbox that we crave to check so we can hit on the Next button and move on with our lives. It even offers to create shortcuts on the Desktop. Sweet.

Pretty Looking Icon

Well, not that they have anything to do with productivity but Thinkfree was the first to put shortcuts (with icons) on my Ubuntu machine automatically. I did not have to do a thing except checking the check box during installation.

Thinkfree Manager

This manager allows me to see all of my documents. All of them! including powerpoints, docs and spreadsheets. It also let me login into my account, sync all my documents to the online office. Very convinient.

Fast!

There are two words that excites me the most: Fast and Free. Thinkfree is Free as entitled and it is very fast in Ubuntu, faster than Abiword and definitely faster than Open Office. It takes matter of milliseconds to open documents,

Easy to use

The interface is extremely like Microsoft Office 2003 with all standard fonts. Needless to say, this is going to be an easy transition.

Covert to pdf

Ok, this is extremely convinient for me when I need to send files to someone who does not have microsoft office. Moreover, I often email documents to myself and then download them at school, but all my school’s computers have Office 2007, which kind of screw my formats up. A pdf file is easy to open and the format is fixed. Well, again, I will not be able to modify the documents, which would suck big time when I see something is wrong with my paper. But, oh, Thinkfree has an online version too, all my docs are online. I can always get back online an pull them offline.

Wide Variety of Formats

Thinkfree accepts all documents format, including the annal docx, open office, and abiword and even HTML…. This is easier for me, no more conversions!!

The Not-So-Good Stuff

Low Storage

I am allowed to have 1GB of storage online which is a lot for storing documents but somehow, in this world of unlimited email storage (Yahoo mail), unlimited documents storage (Zoho.com) and unlimited number of files transfer (mediafire.com), 1GB seems soooooo smalllllll.

Money!

It looks like to me that the site is not going to offer free stuff for very long. At some point I will end up paying to have all my documents. Or Thinkfree will use some sort of tatic to lure me into paying.

Security

All my documents are in one place, great, they are online! All the time… And there is a good chance that someone might see what I wrote. None of my docs are important but it feels pretty bad when someone read them.

How to Edit Grub’s Boot Menu – Adding an OS

I have been rewriting Grub’s boot menu many times. However, I would like to post it here for some of you guys and also for my future reference in case I forget how to do it. There is a lot of things and options in Grub so I will not be able to cover them all. I will only show you how to add an OS to your boot menu.

NOTE: Before trying this out, read my tutorial on how to recover grub just in case something goes wrong.

To edit Grub menu, we must use terminal.

Edit Grub Menu

  1. Open Terminal: Ctrl+Shift+T or Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
  2. We need to see what OS is on which partition. Use the command below.

    df -h

      The output will be something like this.

  3. Take note which OS is on what partition. You can do that by looking at the size of the partition. For instance, one of my partitions (sda3) has 12G and mount on “/”, I know that is my Ubuntu partition. Likewise, sda1 has 47G and is my Windows partition. Remember these details, you are going to need them later (in step 9).
  4. Navigate to the grub folder

    cd /boot/grub

  5. Open the menu.lst file in Gedit so we can edit the file

    sudo gedit menu.lst

  6. Enter your password. Gedit will open the file with root authority.
  7. Scroll down to the part where it look somewhat like this

    title Ubuntu
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.....
    initrd /boot/initrd.img.....
    quiet

  8. Now, to add an OS, follow the example below

    title XP
    root (hd0,0)
    makeactive
    chainloader +1

  9. Copy all the options above and paste it into your grub menu.lst, right below the existing options, you only need to modify the title and your root.
    In modifying your root, know that the hd0 means it’s your first hard drive, and the 0 after the comma tells the partition. My XP partition is in sda1, therefore, my root is (hd0,0). IF it was in sda2, my root would be (hd0,1). And so on, sda3 would result in (hd0,2). Adjust your option accordingly.
  10. After you are done modifying, save the file and close the application.

Now you have added a new OS into your booting.

How to Install RealPlayer on Ubuntu

I hate RealPlayer because I don’t often have media files in .real format but when I do want to open one, it’s just a pain to install an entirely new player. Window media classic does not work in Ubuntu, so I decided to visit RealPlayer site for a try (after an internal fight and put my pride aside). After clicking Donwload Player on the main page, it let me download a version of linux. How lovely, I did not expect them to make one for linux. Who would have thought Real.com is so caring. The file is in .bin format.

There are two things I will show you guys in this tutorial

Install RealPlayer

  1. Download RealPlayer for Linux at http://www.real.com/linux. Save the .bin file to your desktop.
  2. Open Terminal: Ctrl+Shift+T or Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
  3. In the terminal, enter

    cd ~/Desktop

  4. Make the file executable

    sudo chmod +x filename.bin

    Replace the “filename” with .bin file’s name. My .bin file name was RealPlayer11GOLD.bin

    You can also look at my tutorial on how to make files executable in Ubuntu.
  5. In terminal, we are going to execute the file

    sudo ./filename.bin

    Replace the “filename” with .bin file’s name.

  6. Enter your password and follow the instructions to install RealPlayer.

Make a Shortcut for RealPlayer

  1. By default, RealPlayer is installed at /opt/real/RealPlayer. However, if you changed it and forget where you installed the file, use Deskbar Applet to find RealPlayer folder. Or you can use whereis and locate command as well. I am assuming you chose the default location.
  2. Note: Go to Applications -> Sound and Video to see if RealPlayer is already there. You may not need to follow the instruction below. If RealPlayer is in the Sound and Video folder, right-click on it and select either add this launcher to panel or add this launcher to desktop.
  3. Right-click on the Desktop and select Create a Launcher.
  4. Fill in the dialogue exactly like the picture below. Pay close attention to the Command line. You can also navigate to the “realplay” file by clicking Browse.
  5. The Icon is automatically added (not sure how, but it’s so sweet!). Click close and you have the shortcut. Double click on it to open RealPlayer.

So, enjoy your new player.

How To Make A File Executable in Ubuntu

Sometimes you need to make several different file types excutable to install applications. Those file types include .sh and .bin. I had seperate tutorials on how to deal with .bin and .sh files type. There are two ways to make a file executable: using terminal or using graphical interface.

Terminal

  1. Open Terminal: Ctrl+Shift+T or Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
  2. Make file excutable

    sudo chmod +x filename.bin

    Replace your file’s name into “filename”

  3. Enter your password. The file is now executable.

Graphical Interface

  1. Right Click on the file and select Properties.
  2. Select the Permission tab.
  3. Check “Allow executing file as program.”
  4. Your file will have a different icon and now become executable.
    Note: Double click on the file does not nescessarily execute the file. You may have to use terminal.

How To Deal With .sh Files in Ubuntu

I tried Thinkfree office suit yesteday and decided to download the offline version. The file had .sh extension which I had no clue what to do.  I finally found the solution on Ubuntu forum.

To install .sh file, you need to use terminal.

Execute .sh files

  1. Open Terminal: Ctrl+Shift+T or Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
  2. Navigate to where you save your file. Make sure you save your file where you want to install the application.
  3. Make your file executable.

    chmod +x yourfile.sh

  4. Execute the file

    sudo ./yourfile.sh

    Replace the name of the .sh file into “yourfile.” Make sure you type everything in correctly, including the file name, the period and lash before the file.

  5. Enter your password and the file will be executed.

Have fun!

How To Deal With .bin Files in Ubuntu

I was just trying out Thinkfree office suit online and it requires me install Java update. I downloaded the update file but it was in .bin format and I had no idea what to do with it. As usual, there was not any instruction on how to install stuff in Ubuntu. After screwing around a bit, I found the solution on Youtube.

To execute .bin files, you will have to use terminal.

Execute .bin files

  1. Open Terminal: Ctrl+Shift+T or Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
  2. Navigate to where you save your file. Make sure you save your file where you want to install the application.
  3. Execute the file

    sudo ./yourfile.bin

    Replace the name of the .bin file into “yourfile.” Make sure you type everything in correctly, including the file name, the period and lash before the file.

  4. Enter your password and the file will be executed.

Have fun!

Note: I accidentally install my Java folder onto the Desktop. However, since Java does not require me to put it anywhere specific I can leave it on the desktop. I chose to move it to the lib folder though.

sudo mv ~/Desktop/jre1.5.0_12 /lib

Or you can open Nautilus as root to have root permission to move the folder with your mouse.

sudo nautilus