Free Operating System, Free Software to Create Address Labels

If you’re unaware that there was a free Operating System, then let me introduce you to Ubuntu. Ubuntu is a Unix like Operating System that functions like Microsoft Windows. You can run Word Processing, Database, Drawing and Spreadsheet programs that are free. Open Office contains all those things. Which you can then use to create the Address Labels or shipping labels that you need.
Ubuntu is super easy to set up. What’s really neat, is that you don’t have to install it as the main operating system on your machine. What you can do is download yet another free program called Oracle VirtualBox.
With VirtualBox, you install any operating system as a Virtual machine. So you can take Ubuntu for a test drive to see how you like it before installing on your hard drive as your primary operating system. You don’t need to spend all sorts of money to be productive and start printing address and shipping labels with expensive microsoft products.

Using Open Office Word Processor

is easy as 1 2 3. I went to our templates page and opened up the Microsoft Word ML-3000 template directly in Open Office Word Processor. So have no fear, whether you need an ML-3000 template or equivalent, llke the Avery 5160, just open it directly in OO. You can see from the screen shot, I’m running Ubuntu in an Oracle Virtual Machine

ML-3000 in Open Office

You need to check out Oracle VM VirtualBox

It used to be Sun VirtualBox, but Oracle bought Sun. This is free software that you can download here. You can run this software on Mac or PC or Linux. After you install VirtualBox, you install whatever Virtual operating system you want on your host machine. So you can run Mac on a Windows Machine, a Mac on a Linux Machine, a Linux machine on PC or Mac. Performance is not bad either. I expected much worse even on a 2.4 Ghz Intel dual processor with 3 gig of RAM. I uploaded the latest release of Ubuntu which is awesomely easy to install and use.

Ubuntu on Oracle VM Screenshot

So you can take Ubuntu for a serious test drive to see if you want to do a hard install on a hard drive. Discover all of the neat free and useful software that runs on Ubuntu. I installed the PiTiVi video editor which is very nice. I used it to splice together a couple of videos from a digital camera. Very nice.
OpenOffice comes with the Operating system by default. So you can print labels or whatever right after the install.

Lots of Free Software

If you like free stuff (like free shipping), like we do here at MacoLabels.com, you’ll love Ubuntu Linux. ¬†We use Ubuntu Linux here as one of our operating systems. You can find and download a ton of free software for Ubuntu that will help you do lots of things … like print Avery compatible Maco labels using a free program called OpenOffice. If you’re running Microsofts OS, Vista, you can download Ubuntu and install it on a Virtual Machine which is essentially a file on your computer that simulates another computer, so you don’t even need a separate computer to install Ubuntu on. You’ll discover a lot of fun software from file sharing to mp3 rippers to spreadsheets, databases and so much more.