UPDATE 06/27/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics.



How many ways to install FreeOffice in Linux? I’m just a Linux Newbie since 1996 so I have no clue. Guessing, like between 600-2000 ways? No wonder, even after over 25+ years, that the full force of over 600-2000 Linux Distros can’t capture much over 2% of the total Desktop/Laptop user’s market!?! Tarball:

The term TAR is short for Tape ARchive. A tarball or tarfile is the name that describes a group or archive of files that are bundled together using the tar command and usually have the .tar file extension.

Apparently, this Tarball stuff dates back to – snip snip … “The command line utility was first introduced in the Version 7 Unix in January 1979, replacing the tp program.” Some 40 years later, i.e. in 2019, Linux still uses it!?!? Its stuff/thingies like this that almost make me regret starting this blog. I started this blog in January of this year, with high hopes that the “Linux movement has made a huge jump in just a few years” and had a great chance of gaining a much larger share of the Desktop/Laptop user’s market. Well, I have learned a lot about Linux over these past 7 months – e.g. can install their most difficult Distros … can install many apps and/or programs without ever opening the Command Prompt – and that is, Linux ‘TUX’ is ‘Stuck in a Tarball’ and is probably never going to break out.

A Distro needs to break away from Linux, like Google did with Android and Chrome OS, in order to actually gain Desktop/Laptop user share…IMHO. Ubuntu seems to be the only Linux Distro in the position to successfully make such a breakaway. Heck, without Ubuntu, user share for the other Distros would probably end up at .5% or less. Windows 10 has literally blown the doors off of Linux, and I entered this Linux Blog adventure with a negative view of Microsoft Windows 10.

The reason for my disappointment today? My post on Intel’s Clear Linux OS – ‘Whar’s FreeOffice?!’ Clear Linux OS has a major backer in Intel; few Linux Distros have such backing – if any. OK…Clear has only been out a couple years, but there are other much better and basically as new Distros, with far less backing that have more apps and/or better app package managers. From FreeOffice Tips & TricksInstalling FreeOffice 2018 for Linux:

We test SoftMaker FreeOffice with the current versions of the following distributions and recommend choosing one of them: Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, openSUSE, Fedora, Other systems…

Intel’s OS is in the “Other systems” area…probably around my 1,867th rated Distro at this moment (Clear Linux OS barely avoided my A-1 Linux *JUNK* page today!). FreeOffice Tips & Tricks continues:

snip…snip snip … If your system is not listed here and you cannot run the installation with the instructions given above, you can install SoftMaker FreeOffice using our .tgz-based installation packages.

Depending on your system, download the 32-bit or 64-bit .tgz installation package. Then uncompress and untar it, and finally run the installation script inside:

If you use a 32-bit Linux system:

tar xvzf softmaker-freeoffice-2018-966-i386.tgz

If you use a 64-bit Linux system:

tar xvzf softmaker-freeoffice-2018-966-amd64.tgz

I’m sure FreeOffice is partially to blame, but then again, maybe Intel’s Clear Linux OS didn’t leave them with any choice other than sending out a Tarball! Know what a Tarball looks like when you get it? Like a .zip file:


Well, you “Extract” that and end up with a couple folders like this:


Who knows how many times I clicked those and “Extracted” this & that today? Oh, and after reading web-page after web-page on how to get a Tarball installed, I finally got up the nerve to try and edit this ‘1000 Page’ looking #! /bin/bash thingie:


Also tried the Command Prompt a lot during all of this & that … typing “tar xvzf softmaker-freeoffice-2018-966-amd64.tgz ./installfreeoffice” many times and/or copying/pasting it. At some point, I got a lot of movement from the terminal – you know, like line after line after line going by…then settling and asking something like “do you want to continue? Yes (Y) or No (N) – Hell Yes! I’ve gone thru the ‘Hit & Missthis & that thingies a lot in the past 7 months – some I remember how I did it and others I have no clue, like this time – no clue how I ended up with FreeOffice icon apps in the Software area:


Then updated Dash to Panel Favorites with FreeOffice’s TextMaker and PlanMaker:


Did the installation on a test HDD, so may leave it there for a little while – tho I am extremely disappointed in Intel’s lack of work ethic here…probably just erase it in the morning. Yeah, looks like Intel isn’t looking to make this for Linux Desktop/Laptop users…shame, with all their money they couldn’t add more apps and better app managers.