Get the easy steps to install the FreeOffice suite on Debian 11 Bullseye Linux for managing your documents, presentations, and spreadsheets.
Using FreeOffice Microsoft documents can usually be opened, edited, and saved under FreeOffice without loss of formatting. Also visually oriented the software is stronger which won’t let you feel that you are using some free office version. This allows you to use a modern ribbon menu, as you are used to from MS Word. FreeOffice also includes a classic menu including Light and Dark Mode. In addition, there is a touchscreen mode, which significantly improves finger operation.
Steps to install FreeOffice on Debian 11 Linux
The steps and commands given here in this tutorial to install FreeOffice 2021 can be used for other Linux distros based on Debian 11 Bullseye such as Linux Mint, Ubuntu, MX Linux, and more…
1. Update Debian 11 Bullseye
Well, it is not necessary here because we are about to use the Deb binary of the software. However to ensure your system has all the latest updates run the given command once.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
2. Download Softmaker FreeOffice
Well, the packages of open source office suite – LibreOffice is available via the default system repository of Debian 11, however the same is not true for FreeOffice. Therefore, we need to download its Debian binary manually. We can use the SoftMaker repository method, however, while doing this article it was not working. Here is the link to visit the Download page. There select the Linux Deb file.
3. Install FreeOffice on Debian 11 Linux
Well, we have the Deb binary of the FreeOffice; now simply run the given DPKG command to install the FreeOffice on Debian 11.
First, switch to the Downloads directory because whatever we download using the browser by default goes into that.
sudo dpkg -i softmaker-freeoffice-*_amd64.deb
4. Run the Office Suite
Once the installation is completed to start with the different applications of FreeOffice, go to the Application launcher, and then search for it.
5. To update FreeOffice
If there is some new version available on the website of Softmaker for FreeOffice then visit it and again download that latest version as we did above and install it in the same way we have done using DPKG.
6. Uninstall or Remove FreeOffice from Debian 11
If you think the Softmaker FreeOffice is not working for you and want to remove it completely then here is the command to do that.
sudo apt autoremove --purge softmaker-freeoffice-2021