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Among the easily installable and ad-free apps within the PureOS store is Dictionary. This is a simple tool that lets you search through numerous online or local dictionaries and translation sources.

After install, the defaults are perfectly suitable for most users to look up data online:

Offline search:

For those that want to become invisible; you can air gap your Librem 5 from all networks while still using self-hosted services like translation. To install locally hosted dictionary services run the following commands:

sudo apt install dictd 
sudo apt install dict-gcide 
sudo systemctl start dictd
sudo systemctl enable dictd

If you’d like a few extra dictionaries to look up data in:

sudo apt install dict-freedict-eng-*

You’ll also want to point the Dictionary app at your new service:

Becoming a Server:

Not only can the Librem 5 locally host and use Dictionary services, but it can share the service with your network. To do this, edit /etc/dictd/dictd.conf to accept non-local connections.

Lookup what you need to, and keep your data in your control.

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