Alternative to Libre Office or Microsoft Word in Linux.

Kingsoft-screenshotFinally a near alternative of Microsoft Office /Libre/Open etc. is available in Kingsoft Office which is available for all Debian based Distros like Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04/Linux Mint 15/14/13. I have successfully installed it. It is also available in RPM package for Fedora and the like distros. The screen shot is on the left.

Kingsoft Office for Linux

Kingsoft Office is an office suite developed by Hongkong/Chinese software developer which was until now using the brand name WPS (with website at and appears to be an acronym for Writer, Presentation & Spreadsheet). Continue reading

Precise Pangolin is to be released today

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) should be released today. The previous release was 11.10. This release will be a Long Term Support (LTS) release. It may be downloaded from the home page itself, here. The name for the release was announced by Shuttleworth on 5 October 2011. Unlike previous LTS releases that have been supported for three years for the desktop version and five years for the server version, this release will be supported for five years on both.

It is unfortunate they continue to persist with Unity when even Gnome 3 was not approved by it founder Linus Torvalds who commented  that: “I’m using Xfce. I think it’s a step down from gnome2, but it’s a huge step up from gnome3.” (Source)  It would have been better if Ubuntu had provided some out of box solution for power users, who actually support its running rather than making it more and more, out of box, net-book edition. If you may like to install XFce on your system, open up a terminal window and type in the following command:

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

You will be prompted for your password, and then you will be prompted to select yes/no (just hit enter) After the installation, you will need to logout or reboot your machine. When you get to the login screen, click Options  and choose XFce. I may like Enlightenment but  first has to get used to it. If you are a newbie, better stay away from enlightenment, for it looks very simple but has many complications from installation to use. As a power-user, I think I may try 12.04 LTS once and give it a slip waiting for the Mint release based on this LTS. But I will share my choice, after I decide.

Ubuntu itself, however, offers only some of the 3.4 version software and has fallen back on 3.2 for the other bits of Gnome (including the Shell), however, users can easily add the full 3.4 suite using a supplementary software source.  Many of the issues were fixed in version 3.4 and the interface responsiveness too has improved, with faster deployments and transitions. But, the 3.4 version is yet to reach any major operating system, with Ubuntu users being the first to get the privilege. (Source:

Updating from previous release of Ubuntu is rather easy. There are two ways. If you choose upgrade from update manager or from apt-get it takes very long time of about 7-9 hours. However if you download the ISO and create a USB or burn it on DVD, the system recognizes and gives option to upgrade like an ‘auto-run’. Choose to upgrade without Network support. It would be over in  about 2-3 hours and all the installed and supported programs would also be updated without any need for re-installing each.

The problem with UBUNTU, now is that it has fallen for ambition to dominate the market. It started with an object to bring  a stable and powerful OS to normal users. Now it wants to conquer Windows which is more like a firmware for dummies. In this ambition, Ubuntu would soon be another Windows. Same way as Android, Linux bases OS has become Windows. It hangs, it goes into endless loops and do all things which we hate about windows. The worst sin by Ubuntu is disowning its parent Debian. While its cloud services Ubuntu One are available for Windows, when it comes to Debian, it pleads that it do not have the resources to ‘test’ it. It is a sad day. Arrogance is the first sign of myopia which causes the fall from the top. Any way do not expect much in LTS, as it is consolidation of stable portions of past releases. If looking forward for some excitement, wait for Quantal Quetzal in October 1012.

As for me I am going to try Linux-Mint-Debian. It is Rolling Edition so its takes the sheen of LTS away. Shall post a review as and when it may be possible. By the way I am using Clementine music player for about two years, which is default in Debian Distro. It is certainly better than RhythmBox or Banshee.

How to install .rpm in Ubuntu / Debian based operating system

Installing .rpm package after converting it into .deb package.

There are times when we need to install an application that is only available in .rpm package in Debian GNU/Linux or Ubuntu operating system. One of the main obstacles is that Debian / Ubuntu are using .deb based packaging system which is incompatible with RPM. However we can easily convert RPM package to .deb and install it afterwards, here’s how to do it :
Install alien, it is available in Debian, Ubuntu repository:

     sudo apt-get install alien

Convert rpm package using command

sudo alien -kc some-binary-package.rpm

This will save the file as a deb package in the same directory. We can install it by double clicking it and invoking software manager or by using this command:

sudo dpkg -i some-binary-package.deb


Fixing dependencies:

If there is some dependency problem it may give error. Update the system with this command:

sudo apt-get install update
sudo apt-get install upgrade

If there is any dependency problem it may solve it. If not use following command:

sudo apt-get install -f

It should be fine. If there is any further problem, we may try “apt-get install -h” or “dpkg -h” for help.

© Sandeep Bhalla