Edit: Due to the fact that this article is old, the installation instructions may not work anymore. In order to successfully install the latest version of FreeMind, please access the freemind tag and open the latest article (the one on top).
As you may know, FreeMind is an open-source mind-mapping software written in Java.
Main features: it follows HTML links, has Undo, smart Drag and Drop and copy/paste features, has support for folding, among others.
Current users of FreeMind use it for the following purposes:
- Keeping track of projects, including subtasks, state of subtasks and time recording
- Project workplace, including links to necessary files, executables, source of information and of course information
- Workplace for internet research using Google and other sources
- Keeping a collection of small or middle sized notes with links on some area which expands as needed. Such a collection of notes is sometimes called knowledge base.
- Essay writing and brainstorming, using colors to show which essays are open, completed, not yet started etc, using size of nodes to indicate size of essays. I don’t have one map for one essay, I have one map for all essays. I move parts of some essays to other when it seems appropriate.
- Keeping a small database of something with structure that is either very dynamic or not known in advance. The main disadvantage of such approach when compared to traditional database applications are poor query possibilities, but I use it that way anyway – contacts, recipes, medical records etc. You learn about the structure from the additional data items you enter. For example, different medical records use different structure and you do not have to analyze all the possible structures before you enter the first medical record.
- Commented internet favorites or bookmarks, with colors and fonts having the meaning you want.
The latest version available is FreeMind 1.0.1, which has been released a while ago.
In this article I will show you how to install FreeMind 1.0.1 on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0 and other Ubuntu 14.04 derivative systems.
Because it is available via the GetDeb Repository, installing FreeMind 1.0.1 on Ubuntu 14.04 and derivative systems is easy. All you have to do is add the repository and the repo’s key to your system, update the local repository index and install the freemind package. Like this:
$ wget -q -O - http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu trusty-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install freemind
Optional, to remove freemind, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove freemind