How to install Freemind correctly

Asked by Tommy Pollák on 2018-01-12

I have downloaded Freemind and unpacked it. This resulted in the following structure:

~/.../freemind-bin-max-1.0.1$ ls
accessories dictionary_es.ortho FreeMind64.exe lib
browser dictionary_fr.ortho freemind.bat license dictionary_nl.ortho FreeMind.exe patterns.xml
dictionary_de.ortho dictionary_ru.ortho plugins
dictionary_en.ortho doc freemindw.bat

This is obviously not correct, as I get:

ERROR: Couldn't find freemind under '/usr'.

However, this works:

~/.../freemind-bin-max-1.0.1$ source
Checking Java Version...

STDOUT: User patterns file /home/tpollak/.freemind/patterns.xml not found.
STDOUT: User patterns file /home/tpollak/.freemind/patterns.xml not found.
STDOUT: User patterns file /home/tpollak/.freemind/patterns.xml not found.

and in /usr I have:

/usr$ ls bin/free*
bin/free bin/freemind bin/

Running Ubuntu 17.10.

What should I move where to be able to start Freemind with a simple click on an ikon under Applications?

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Has a step by step guide. Even uses the handy Ppa for Oracle Java

Tommy Pollák (tpollak) said : #2

Thanks for your help.

However the step by step guide to create a launcher is for Unity and not quite right for Gnome or Xfce. A little search did however give an answer how to create a launcher and how to put it in the Applications drop-down list.

So the problem is solved.