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.

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 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 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.


  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

  4. Execute the file

    sudo ./

    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

Successfully Install Windows XP on VirtualBox

A couple weeks ago I was complaining about how I got a Fatal error while starting VirtualBox in Ubuntu. About five days later I stumble upon claudio‘s page: VirtualBox: Install Windows XP using pbx boot. I followed his advice to install the binaries instead of the open source (OSE), which has failed me many times. Claudio has all the credits and without his tutorial, I will not be able to run Windows on my Ubuntu machine. Please, if you are reading this post, come by his page and give him some love…

Below is a tutorial based on Claudio’s tutorial, but I cut out the unnecessary stuff and add a section on how to assign user to group visually (for newbies and ultra-beginner like me).

Install VirtualBox in Ubuntu

  1. Download the .deb file here. Choose your appropriate OS and download. This is the binaries version and also a deb file so it would be very easy to install.
    Note: Do not use Synaptic to install OSE package. It did not work for me. The x86 version is for intel, and amd64 is for AMD chips.
  2. Double click on the .deb package to install. There will be several announcement makes during installation, but don’t worry, we will take care of it.
  3. We need to add users into vboxusers in order to use VirtualBox. Follow the instructions below. We can do it graphically.

Assigning Users to Group – Graphic

  1. System -> Administration -> Users and Groups
  2. Select Unlock.
  3. Enter your Password and click Authenticate.
  4. Select Manage Groups.
  5. Double click on vboxusers group or select it and click Properties to edit group.
  6. Check the members you would like to add to the group, make sure you are one of them.
  7. OK and close. You have added users into group.

You are now able to use VirtualBox. Below is a good youtube tutorial, check it out if you like.

Installing Google Desktop in Ubuntu

Last night, I was listening to Loaded on Cnet. Google Desktop is now working on linux. Google Gadgets is now working on Linux while Google Desktop has been on Linux for years. Google Desktop has never been my favorite gadget, but I still want to check it out. The installation process is super easy, there aren’t much to put here. But below is the tutorial anyway. There is a new tutorial on how to uninstall Google Desktop and I added that new section below too.

Install Google Desktop

  1. Download your Google Desktop package here. For Ubuntu users, download the .deb package.
  2. Double click on the .deb package, there will be an install button if you haven’t installed Google Desktop yet.
  3. Click install. Then wait
  4. Close the Package Installer window.
  5. Your Google Desktop launcher is located at Applications -> Others -> Google Desktop.
  6. And if you log out and log back in, the Google Desktop option will be right in your Applications.

Have fun, you must download the gadgets separately. Google Desktop only allow search index. I will post a tutorial on how to install Google Gadget; the steps are more troublesome than I expected.

Update: installing Google Gadgets is a pain in the a**. After 9 hours of trying, I finally gave up. For those of you who wanted to try, visit this page for an easy compilation or this page for detail installation. This is still in beta and there are numerous bugs, so it’s not for the faint of heart (is that even a right phrase in American English? oh well.)


To access preferences, right click on the Google Desktop Icon. Your browser will open up to the Preferences page.

Problem: I just encountered a problem while trying to access Google Desktop Preferences. The Preferences windows will not appear. So to edit preferences for google desktop, you are going to do it manually with your web browser.

  1. Open your internet browser, navigate to
  2. Chose more -> Desktop
  3. Select Desktop Preferences
  4. There you go, select your options.

Now, this is a way to work around this problem, it is not a good solution, if you know any other (better) way, please let me know.

Uninstall Google Desktop

To unistall Google Desktop:

  1. Open Terminal: Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
  2. Enter:
  3. sudo dpkg -r google-desktop-linux

  4. Type in your password and enter. You have uninstalled Google Desktop.

Capturing, Resizing, Cropping and Converting Images with GIMP Image Editor

I will provide some basic instructions on how to:

Click on the pictures for a larger view.

I had been tweaking a few things in Firefox and I captured my screen to post the screen shots in my blog. But all the images, that were as large as my screen, were saved in .png format and each file was several MB large. So, I decided to re-size the images to reduce image size and converted the image to .jpg to reduce file size. Given that GIMP was conveniently included in Gutsy, I was happy to learn how to use it for such simple task. After one Google search I found the tutorial website for GIMP, which happened to be very helpful. Remember, my way might not be the quickest way because I pretty much figured this out myself.

Capturing Images

Just a little update. You can also capture image in ubuntu by selecting Applications-> Accessories -> Capture screen. The new window will provide you some options such as delay time, screen capture or window capture, with or without border… Or if you just want to take a snapshot of the entire screen, use your Print Screen button.

  1. Select File ‎‏-> Acquire -> Screenshot…
  2. Select options and delaying time.
  3. Screenshot dialog box

  4. Select Snap to start capturing.
  5. You have captured an image.


  • This is not the fastest way to capture image. Your Print Screen button will do a better job unless you want to edit the image in GIMP right after it’s taken.
  • The third option of taking a snapshot of a selected region did not work for me even after I chose the region. Try it and let me know if it works for you.

Resizing Images

  1. Have your image ready.
  2. On the Menu bar, select Image -> Scale Image. Alternatively, you can right click on the image and the Menu options will appear as well.
  3. Scaling Image

  4. Select your options.
  5. Scaling Image dialog box

  6. Click Scale.
  7. You have resized the image.


  • Notice the Chain in the dialog box. If the chain is connected, that means the picture will be resize proportionally – when you change either the width or height, the other changes accordingly to maintain the proportion of the image.
  • Choose Percent for unit if you just want to shrink the image, by half (50%) for instance, or do not know your desire image size in pixel.

Cropping Image

  1. Choose the Crop tool
  2. Crop tool

  3. Choose the region that you want to crop. I chose the Ubuntu Logo in this image.
  4. Double click or hit Enter to execute. Below is the result.
  5. Crop result

  6. You have cropped the image.

Converting Image

  1. Have your file ready.
  2. Choose File -> Save as
  3. Expand Select File Type (by Extension) and choose your desire file type.
  4. Save as dialog box

  5. Select Save.
  6. Your new file is the converted file.


  • In fact, you will be requested to export your file when the file type is change. Exporting image will not change the original image but only create a new image with a different file type.
  • I like this a lot because I can convert to many different types but I can only convert one file at a time. However, I also needed to edit the image, which resulted in loading GIMP – might as well use it for conversion.


I just discovered that provides a 3GB online storage and allows me to upload .png images. So…no comment.

Anyway, how is this tutorial? Please let me know in the comment sections. Thank you.