In this guide, we are going to be looking at how to install FreeOffice on Linux Mint 20. Freeoffice is a free and completely featured office office suit for personal and commercial use. It is an excellent alternative to Microsoft Office Suit.

Features of Freeoffice

  1. Optimized for touchscreens.

On a touchscreen enabled computers, it has capability to enable user to interact with it by simply tapping on the screen.

  1. User Friendly.

FreeOffine has a refined User Interface that helps you make work easier in creating and editing content. you can work with either modern ribbons or classic menus and toolbars.

  1. Compatibility Without Compromises.

FreeOffice has ability to share content directly to and from Microsoft Office. Users without having them exprted first. comes with all formats such as DOCX, DOC, PPTX, XLS and PPT. Also supports Libre Office OPenDocument Text (ODT). Is available for Windows, LInux and Mac.

Components of FreeOffice

FreeOffice comes with the following three major modules to perform different functions.

  1. TextMaker.

In Microsoft we call it Word Processor. Enables user to create and edit a word document in .DOCX and .DOC format.

  1. PlanMaker.

Also known as Excel in Microsoft. Is an application that is used to create spreadsheets. spreadsheets helps in calculation, record keeping and planning.

  1. SoftMaker Presentation.

Also known as power-point. Used in preparing slides for presentation especially in conferences and lectures.

Installing FreeOffice on Linux Mint 20

Step 1: Download FreeOffice

The first step is to download the latest version of freeoffice that is compatible with your system. Use the commands below to download FreeOffice for Linux Mint 20.

For 64-bit system, the command is:

wget https://www.freeoffice.com/download.php?filename=https://www.softmaker.net/down/softmaker-freeoffice-2018_980-01_amd64.deb

If you are running a 32-bit system, use the command:

wget https://www.freeoffice.com/download.php?filename=https://www.softmaker.net/down/softmaker-freeoffice-2018_980-01_i386.deb

Installation example:

sudo apt install ./softmaker-freeoffice-2018_980-01_amd64.deb

Step 2: Install FreeOffice on Linux Mint 20

Change to the directory of your freeoffice download and install it. Use the following commands:

cd /path/to/file
sudo apt install ./<freeoffice_filename>

Note: During download, choose a file that is compatible to you your architecture. For me, am installing a 32 bits. If process runs in to an error (breaking in dependencies) leading to incomplete installation, please run the following command to find and build dependencies to complete installation.

sudo apt-get install -f

Run the following commands to update and upgrade repositories.

sudo apt-get update.
sudo apt-get upgrade -y

Your FreeOffice is now available and ready to use. To start FreeOffice, press the Home Key then search FreeOffice in search bar.

Choose the component you want to start. In this case, i will select FreeOffice 2018 TextMaker.

Select your desired interface either from Ribbon or Classic Interfaces to continue. If you prefer using large icons then select check-box in the option label. Click OK to continue. If interested, you can create your FreeOffice profile by filling the form above. It is optional so you can too ignore by clicking OK.

Now you have successfully configured your working environment to create and edit a word document..

That is about the installation of FreeOffice on Linux Mint 20. Enjoy and check below more interesting guides

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