Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A great Linux combination of thesaurus : WordNet + Artha

You may have heard of WordNet before. It’s a very handy command-line interface for the WordNet lexical database. When combined with a front-end however, WordNet is very powerful. There are many front ends for WordNet, but one of the easiest to use is Artha. Artha is a free, cross-platform thesaurus that depends upon WordNet for the backend.

Installation :

The installation of these two tools is simple. You can either search for them and install them from within your Add/Remove Software tool (search for “wordnet” and “artha” – no quotes), or you can install them via the command line. Let’s install from the command line. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Open up a terminal window.
2. Issue the command sudo apt-get install wordnet artha.
3. Type your sudo password when prompted.
4. Accept all dependencies (if necessary).

That’s it. Once installed you will find Artha in Applications > Accessories.

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