In one of my previous posts, I outlined the procedure of installing the new office suite for Linux, called ThinkFree Office. Now, after learning more about it, I have tried installing it on different systems and desktop environments, and in this case I have installed it on PCLinuxOS 2007, with the default KDE installed. The only problem I have had is that I can’t find the ThinkFree menu items in the “K” menu, but thanks to the ThinkFree taskbar widget, I can access all of the programs quicker and easier.
Here’s a screenshot:
The only difference in installation is that you need to open the “super user mode” version of Konsole. Then, you run the installation.
What was really neat about this application (not to mention useful) is that when I transferred systems from Xubuntu (yup, it worked on that too!), I left my documents behind, which had been synced to the web server so that I could get them later. Of course, it turned out to be easier than finding them in my ThinkFree office. The ThinkFree Office Manager synced the documents and downloaded the documents on my online office to my computer. Very, very cool.
As I mentioned before, the Open Document format is not supported, but I still have OpenOffice installed for that purpose. OOXML, the infamous file format, is supported, so using documents made in Microsoft Office 2007 is no problem. ThinkFree Office is a fully-featured office program which you can obtain via ThinkFree (register first to get your online office, and then click the link in your office to download ThinkFree for free). I recommend it to anyone looking to install a Microsoft Office style application for Linux. It has a familiar application, all the fonts, and many features that I have found useful.
Give it a try, and if it works on your system, let me know in the comments!