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Using Freemind on Linux

What is Mind Mapping?

Mind Mapping a diagram-based technique invented by Tony Buzan. You begin exploring a subject by writing it at the centre of the page, and successively expanding on it by using each branch as a category. It is thus like a ishikawa diagram or certain brainstorming techniques.


Installing Freemind

Freemind can usually be installed from your Software Centre (e.g. Fedora or Ubuntu). If not, you can install it from Fedora by typing:

sudo yum install freemind

If all else fails, as it java-based, you can just download it from SourceForge (-just search for it using your favoured Search Engine).


Using Freemind: the basics

You can launch Freemind from the Linux desktop using the search function to locate the icon. For example from the Gnome 3.x interface in Fedora it looks like this:

The Freemind Icon

Once clicked, Freemind will start up and display the main window:

The Freemind Main Window

Click on the "New Mindmap" text in the centre of the screen, and type: "Linuceum Site":

Naming the Mind Map

Next, right-click and choose "New Child Node":

New Child Node

...and name it "Desktop Applications":

Naming a Child Node

Next, right-click and choose "New Sibling Node":

New Sibling Node

...and name it "Freemind"; repeat until you have mapped "LibreOffice", "Audacity", etc:

Sibling Nodes Showing

Next, right-click "Desktop Applications" and choose "New Sibling Node":

New Sibling Node

...and name it "Linux Variants":

New Sibling Node (2)

Next, right-click and choose "New Child Node":

New Child Node

...and name it "Fedora"; repeat until you have mapped "Ubuntu", "Linux Mint", "Zorin", etc:

New Sibling Nodes for Linux Distros

 


Getting Help

You can get further help on Freemind by invoking:

HelpDocumentation:

Freemind Help Library

..which, interestingly enough, is implemented itself in a Mind Map!


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