Thursday, January 14, 2010

Setting up an offline dictionary on Ubuntu

Note: I'm running Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)

There are two ways to do this that I know off:

Install Artha, an off-line thesaurus based on WordNet
sudo apt-get install artha

Or, you can configure Dictionary to use a local dictionary server

Install a local dictionary server and required dictionaries and thesaurus:
sudo apt-get install dictd dictzip dict-wn dict-foldoc dict-jargon dict-gcide dict-moby-thesaurus

Configure Dictionary to use the local dictionary:
Application > Office > Dictionary
Edit > Preferences
Add a new source using as the Hostname and select it as your default source.

Hope that helps.