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Saturday, December 04, 2010

Right - lets get Firefox working in Meego

 installing Firefox in Meego 1.1

Look Meego is about being online so your internet may as well be what you want

Never that happy with either Chrome or Chromium in Meego (or Ubuntu if I am honest) don't know why. It isn't corporate stuff either...just feels ...a bit 'windows like'

So in Moblin you used to be able to easily install Firefox (Fennec - Moblin's Web Browser was firefox based I am sure)....very good it was too

Not possible in Meego 1.1...not in the repos at the moment so some clever chums on the Meego Forum (thats Profebral and Zombie- thanks!) did a helpful posting about setting up Firefox in Meego to look like Chromium but also like firefox

After a few trials here is what I did to install firefox and make it how I like it as seen here

2 steps to Firefox like me

Install Firefox

This looks complicated ( so much so I nearly never did it but it was actually remarkably easy and teaches you a new skill to boot !

Go the Firefox download page for Linux here

Firefox Download Page

Click the big download button shown here

Ok...you are going to download a .tar.bz2 file...stop panicking...it is easy to do (remember I did it)

Click to save it in your download folder

When it has downloaded open a terminal and I will talk you through what to do

cd Downloads     (to get into your downloads folder)

Then  you need to extract the firefox folder from the tar.bz compressed file by typing

tar -axvf firefox-3.6.12.tar.bz2

 Your can then move the folder into your home folder by typing

 mv firefox ~

and creating a desktop item for you to click on!

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/mozilla-firefox-custom.desktop

This creates a little text  file where you can paste in the following info and press save but make sure you select all the text from Desktop to WebBrowser:

Desktop Entry]
Name=Firefox Web Browser custom
GenericName=Web Browser
Comment=Browse the Web
Exec=/home/YOUR-USER-NAME*/firefox/firefox %u

* don't forget to replace YOUR-USER-NAME* for your name you have chosen in meego so mine said Exec=/home/Andy/firefox/firefox %u

2 Set up some decent add ons

I like Firefox but I need a few add ons to make it nicer

Open your new firefox and  select tools and Add ons

I then installed the following:
Chromifox Companion 1.2 (ok Chromium was not 100 % ugly)
Fission ( to show progress on page load- no more how long til loaded grumps)
Foobar which combines address and search bars into one
New tab homepage (if you have like me Google.co.uk as your homepage when you hit new tab..up comes google not an empty tab...much faster

Install those and set them how you like

Lastly to get it the fonts  looking like I wanted I went to preferences and Content and set up all the Fonts in advanced to Droid Sans 16 and min 13 and DIS allowed webpages to set their own fonts . Clicked ok and restarted firefox

It now looks like this

Hope that helps and again thanks to Profebral and Zombie on http://forum.meego.com/showthread.php?t=555 for their guidance.

Sorting Skype video and sound in Meego 1.1

Getting Skype installed is easy enough but the sounds and video set up can be a nightmare in many cases but I managed with many attempts to bumble my way through it so it works

Ok so in Meego 1.1 skype font look a little weird but it works and when you have signed your licence agreement and logged in you can get going easy enough

On my Lenovo S10 -2 I have an internal webcam and built in microphone.

After Skype opens click the little Blue button on the bottom left and then select Options

In options select Video Devices and then tick all the boxes I have and then click test as I have just done here (note I am writing this on my Ubuntu desktop so yours may look a little different!) (and yes your picture will/should be YOU!)

If you get a picture Hooray

If not head over to Meego forums and ask around

Next you need to sort the sounds out

Hit Apply and then select  Sound Devices and you can test if yuo have sound and a mic by clicking both test. You will need to speak to test the mic set up

If you can not hear the test sound then obviously you may not hear if your microphone works so here is how I fixed it

Ages ago I had the same issue in Moblin and found that I had to set up my sound mixer using a programme called xfce4-mixer which does what it says.

Open a terminal and type
sudo zypper install xfce4-mixer

Once installed you will have a new application in Media apps called Mixer. Start this up and in the bottom left (see Picture) you will see that you can select Controls
You can also select your sound card which should show the name of your Sound card or input or output (top in the middle see in the picture mine says HDA Intel)

You can see on the picture my microphones have a red X which if you click will turn on. Adjust the levels to suit (not too much or you will get feedback!)

Detailed info re xfce4-mixer is on the web here


This will effectively choose your input source (you only need 1)

You can also do this with the terminal using sudo alsamixer but I think this method has been easier to sort for me

When finished go back to Skype and retest and it should be working

Hope that helps

Sorting Mp3 playback in Meego 1.1

Getting your sounds sorted in Meego 1.1

This could not be easier now. In 5 easy steps

My preference was that as I was in a hurry and had an account I would use the codecs provided by Fluendo   but you will need an account which is free and then you need to choose the rpm provided (not the binary files or any other files)

1. Go here


2. Get an account (unless you have one already then login!)

3.  Choose the free mp3 codec pack and that labelled for fedora suse etc and hit download.This will then download the rpm (mp3 codec package) in to your download folder

Do not install automatically but select save the files  and then via your terminal get into your download folder or whereever your downloads are told to go ) via 
4. Open your terminal and type 
cd Downloads  (or as above where ever you choose to drop downloads)
5 Type sudo zypper install fluendo-codecs-mp3-12-4.i386.rpm and enter your password
This will install the codecs for you 
Your mp3 should now work in Banshee so load them up and make sure to get Banshee to scan your music collection
Some people have said it only works after a reboot but with me it worked straight away.
Good luck and let me know if I have mistyped anything or missed anything out  

Monday, November 22, 2010

Meego 1.1 - Making me work for me!

Setting up Meego 1.1

This required the following changes which I will run through on future blogs

Sorting Sounds ie loading mp3 codecs and music from my other hard drive

Installation of Skype, Dropbox, Open Office 

Sorting out Twitter, Instant Messaging and Email

Installation of Firefox

Installation of VLC

Sorting the look and feel of Meego

Syncing with calenders etc

With all of the above now complete I could get on a 'use' it properly. I am now in a position where I can work, communicate and listen to music.

The good news for me is that since last Wednesday I have had no crashes that I can remember and more importantly no temptation to change the system. Which is a first!

I still have a few issues I could do with sorting which I will sort via updates and or guidance from others

The main issue at the moment is that changing themes is really not possible via 
sudo gnome-appearance-properties
which should enable me to change icons/menu appearance etc but at the moment this does not seem to function.

I would also like to change the menu bar around a little.

This is from now..updating from Leeds during a quick lunch break...and no surprises it has the moblin background theme.

Meego 1.1 - Let's get it installed first


Installing it was a breeze after downloading an .IMG file from meego.com  Meego 1.1 image file

I used the image-writer method on the site and installed it to a pen drive. 

Image Writer (recommended, requires Python >=2.4)

Image Writer is a small python executable script that detects your USB drive and writes the image to it. The advantage of using image writer is that it will not inadvertently overwrite your system hard drive. Download Image Writer

Warning...right click and save the above in your home folder or downloads then open a terminal and

1 cd (this will get you into the download folder or if you put it in your home folder just check by typing ls (list). There you will see the IMG file. I would select and copy the name of it
2 chmod a+x ./image-writer  (this sets it up) 
3 sudo  ./image-writer

You will then be able to write the image onto your usb pen drive..it does not take long

After a quick live USB test I rebooted it and installed wiping off the other (now broken earlier) Ubuntu system. After a very quick installation and reboot I filled out my details and set about the usual laborious but getting smaller task of setting up my netbook post installation.

As I have a Lenovo S10 -2 this usually means sorting out a wi-fi driver for my Broadcom wireless which I usually do using Slaine.org excellent and now updated guide for Meego 1.1 here (http://slaine.org/_slaine/Meego_1.1_Wifi.html). This however did not work even with his updated guide which was not a good omen for me. However I knew (as I keep an eye on the Meego Netbook forum forum.meego.com) that there was a community repo which also had the necessary wl-kmod programme that I needed. 

Community Repo/Wifi

This repo needed adding first which I did following the guide here (COMMUNITY REPO)following which I did a quick update noting that Meego now uses zypper instead of yum. Therefore in a terminal I quickly did sudo zypper refresh and sudo zypper update (I was unsure which would be best so did both!) I then installed the WL-KMOD programme that would sort my wireless by typing in a terminal 

sudo zypper install wl-kmod.

Following installation I rebooted and set about making Meego more suited to me. Wireless was now sorted and I was good to go..see....now it is set up ?

Next I need to sort it out so it is how I like it...as you see above I have started while briefly waiting for stuff to work

Meego 1.1 - Let's give it another bash then

.....Oh go on then!

Well I switched over to Meego again following several months of constantly switching back to and from Ubuntu and Moblin. I had finally gotten Moblin working to about the best I possibly could ....but the lack of ability to get the Twitter application synchronizing properly as well as a few other bugs meant I was unhappy and at the moment Ubuntu either with their excellent 10.04 or Unity Netbook edition just were not working well enough for me. I think the biggest gripe with those two has to be with the Empathy/Gwibber service running through the 'me menu'. This just does not seem to work in the same snappy way that it does via Moblin or for that matter Meego's Myzone.

I had first tried Meego with the release of Meego 1.0 (see other previous meego blogs on here) back earlier in spring but at the time it was a little tricksy but I could get it to replicate most of the functions of Moblin very well.However it just did not look as nice in my opinion and needed a little work on it for my liking.

When Meego 1.1 was released I assumed that many of these issues would have disappeared but at first I failed miserably to get it to install . However last week I had a little spare time and tried again following a rather disastrous week that saw my netbook with three operating systems in less than two hours.

So lets get it installed!

Friday, September 10, 2010

This would have been a good advert for Moblin

Saw this and thought they should have run this wider and loaded onto the usb image

Moblin Advert 2

What do you think?

They even have adverts for MIDS ( I know I never knew what they were either!)

moblin for mids! 


Well now i obviously need a MID!
Where is mine?!

OK so when it goes wrong. How to make Ubuntu look like Moblin a little more!

One of the most annoying things about messing with the operating system is that when you reinstall you lose all of your settings and themes that you like. This for me is even more annoying as one of the reasons I stick with Moblin is the looks and themes that come with it. 

When I end up breaking it (see previous and numerous examples) I make it easier by making the Ubuntu Netbook Remix (10.04 ) more like Moblin in its appearance. This can be quite easy and many alternatives exist that look moblin esque as a quick search on OMG Ubuntu will show.

However if like me you are not that interested in complete themes but just go for the it's good enough look but don't like what is on Ubuntu at the moment then here is an easy guide which will give you not one but two desktop backgrounds ( which you can download from here) as well as Moblin icons and fonts which you can get from the current repositories that you currently have in Ubuntu Netbook remix. The results of which give you netbook a fresher look and a more Moblin feel.

Step one : Fonts – Install Moblin Droid Sans Fonts

The default font in Moblin is Droid Sans (which is already in Ubuntu Universe repositories) and is described as a hand held device font.
To download for Ubuntu open a terminal and enter the following code
sudo apt-get install ttf-droid which will install all of these

These will automatically be installed as system fonts
To set them up go to open System>Preference>Appearance>Fonts and select Droid Sans to replace all the fonts there remembering to put in the Droid Sans Bold and Droid Sans Mono where applicable.

This is all you need to do. I do sometimes find that the Netbook fonts on my netbook are a little too small so instead of size 10 I use size 11.

Step 2
Background /Wallpaper
Maybe it is because I have use Moblin that much that I have just got used to the wallpapers that come with it.
These default ones are the Blue Energy Theme and the Cat which you can download to your Picture folder from here:



Again to set these up go to System>Preference>Appearance>Background and click Add and browse through to your folder where you have saved the pictures above (Tip) If you put them in Pictures and not Downloads you are less likely to tidy them up and delete them ( as I did . Twice!)
Click on the image you prefer ( I change them every now and again) and it will be your Desktop Background.

Step Three – Icons

This again is available still through the repos and installable by opening a terminal and entering the following code. These are leftovers from the old Ubuntu Moblin remix experiment which was shelved unfortunetly.

sudo apt-get install moblin-icon-theme

This will download and install quickly all the icons needed

To get these working again go to System>Preference>Appearance>Theme and select Customize and Click the Icons Tab to scroll down and select Moblin.
After a reboot or log in and log out you will find more and more Moblin type icons appearing.

If you really want you can also install the Moblin Style Cursor via the same method ie
sudo apt-get install moblin-cursor-theme

Then System>Preference>Appearance>Theme and select Customize and Click the Pointer Tab and select Moblin

Further work or alternatives
You could always try some other Moblin based themes such as mobslim theme package from http://gnome-look.org/ and search for Moblin
These you download as tar.gz files and install via System>Preference>Appearance>Theme and select Install and click on the tar.gz folder but I found a few errors and it needed a Mist theme ( again search Mist on the same site and a moblin-netbook-engine file which is available from here

There are a few other alternatives which you can also explore but never interested me
that much here


Thursday, September 09, 2010

Back with Moblin...getting creases ironed out!

Back with Moblin 2.1

So I am back with Moblin 2.1

It worked and worked well except for a few issues which with all the new skills learnt above I sought to resolve


1          Skype did not work at all for some reason. I could download and install but could not get it running even  trying a sudo skype command
2          Even the occassional  time I did get it working I could get no sound from microphone
3          I struggled to get decent film graphic support
4          Twitter have stopped other programmes using the usual api access

So I did a careful install and set up the wireless drivers using Slaines guide. I then installed the updates and setup what I needed.

Getting Moblin running smoothly
  • Skype fedora rpm direct from the site
  • Dropbox rpm  direct from the site
  • Open Office from the moblin manage apps application ( I only chose Open Office Writer)
  • Rhythmbox from the Moblin Apps Installer
  • Mp3 support (using Slaines guide again)
  • Pidgin Instant Messenger from the Moblin Apps Installer

After loading some music I then set about fixing the issues above

Skype working on moblin
I noticed that when I tried to run Skype from the applications area nothing happened. So I tried running it from a terminal using the sudo skype command which did not work and came up with an error accessing the  libXss.so.1 type error. Grumpiness kicked in and so I tried to install the file that it could not find by a sudo yum install  libXss.so.1 which threw up a different file which seemed to be a screensaver programme called libXScrnSaver-1.1.3-3.12.moblin2.i586. Which I stupidly installed. Which stupidly made Skype then start with sudo skype!
Don’t ask why. I do not know.Something to do with a screen saver I guess but it fixed it and that is one crease ironed out!

Code sudo yum install  libXScrnSaver-1.1.3-3.12.moblin2.i586

Sound on skype through a microphone
I remembered that last time Skype had sound issues So I had to download the gnome-media and xfce-mixer as well as all of the items that came up with a sudo yum search sound search (jack etc etc) With all of these installed I had a new programme in the applications menu called mixer. Here I could select the mic and input sources for Moblin and noticed that it was set up on mute so no sounds. I selected Front Mic as capture input source by a mix of testing it on sound recorder to see if it recoreded. The Front Mic source input worked. I fired skype back up with sudo skype in a terminal and went into skype settings and tested a make a call feature and low and behold it worked! Solved. Quiet at first but solved and another crease ironed out

Decent media support

I followed this guide to set up Java on Moblin whjch I lifted directly from the eeePC Moblin forum here

How to get Java working on Moblin 2.1

Thanks to user ‘esanator’

Here is short guide how to get Java (JRE) working on Moblin and Moblin Web Browser:

- Download Linux RPM from Java website: http://www.java.com/en/download/linux_m … w.java.com

- Open Terminal

cd /your/download/folder

chmod a+x ./jre-6u21-linux-i586-rpm.bin

sudo ./jre-6u21-linux-i586-rpm.bin

cd /usr/lib/moblin-web-browser-3.5.5/plugins/

sudo ln -s /usr/java/jre1.6.0_21/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so

- You may need to change jre-6u21-linux-i586-rpm.bin, /moblin-web-browser-3.5.5/ and /jre1.6.0_21/ according to your browser version and Java version

- You need to know your root password when using sudo command

- Now you should get full working Java on Moblin and Web browser with applets!

How to get Streaming Video Codecs on Moblin 2.1

This is not for the faint of heart of those short of time as it is code compilation but I managed it so I am sure you can

Again thanks to the eepc moblin forum and user jamart3d in particular
There used to be a guide which I followed as well but did not work here

http://www.elotrolado.net/hilo_how-to-i … -1_1325670

Jamert3d found if recompiled with the correct dev libs installed first
and installing totem..
they got get totem aka "Movie Player" to handle most anything passed to it..

below is a "script" to reduce the amount of interaction needed configuring/compiling/installing the totem and gstreamer/plugins
first though make sure you moblin is up to date..
in moblin, open a terminal, at the prompt, enter


sudo yum update


After the reboot, and back in moblin it's time to install the compiler and dev libs needed to install totem/gstreamer
again open a terminal, and paste the following


yum install gcc flex bison make diffutils glib2-devel pango-devel cairo-devel liboil-devel alsa-lib-devel libtheora-devel libvorbis-devel libogg-devel wget gcc-c++ fribidi* qt*devel* *SDL* *dbus*dev* *hal*dev* libXpm* libXt* moz* libXScrnSaver.i586 libXaw-devel.i586 pulseaudio-devel.i586 totem.i586 totem-gstreamer.i586 totem-pl-parser.i586
echo "## READY FOR REBOOT###"

Stick in your password and go and do something else for a while dependent on your download speed and how much you already have installed
When complete reboot via the terminal


after the reboot, and your back in moblin
You now need to time to create a script file in your home directory  to configur/compile/install totem and gstreamer/plugins and name it prep.sh

Open a terminal, at the prompt, enter


vi prep.sh
This is a text editor like gedit but does it in the terminal itself
You now have an open terminal with a text editor running in it.
In vi you need to press the "i" key to insert what your about to copy.
copy all the below and paste into vi


cd ~/Download
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/mad/libmad/0.15.1b/libmad-0.15.1b.tar.gz
tar xvfz libmad-0.15.1b.tar.gz
cd libmad-0.15.1b
echo "\tremoving optimize="\$optimize -fforce-mem" option"
sed -e 's/optimize="$optimize -fforce-mem"/#optimize="$optimize -fforce-mem"/g' ./configure > new
mv ./configure ./configure.org;mv new ./configure
diff ./configure.org ./configure
chmod 777 ./configure
./configure --prefix=/usr
make install
cd ~/Download
rm -rf libmad*
echo "installing a52dec-0.7.4"
wget http://liba52.sourceforge.net/files/a52dec-0.7.4.tar.gz
tar xvfz a52dec-0.7.4.tar.gz
cd a52dec-0.7.4
./configure --prefix=/usr
make install
cd ~/Download
rm -rf a52dec*
echo "installing libmpeg2-0.5.1"
wget http://libmpeg2.sourceforge.net/files/libmpeg2-0.5.1.tar.gz
tar xvfz libmpeg2-0.5.1.tar.gz
cd libmpeg2-0.5.1
./configure --prefix=/usr
make install
cd ~/Download
rm -rf libmpeg*
echo "installing faac-1.28"
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/faac/faac-1.28.tar.bz2
tar xvfj faac-1.28.tar.bz2
cd faac-1.28
./configure --prefix=/usr
make install
cd ~/Download
rm -rf faac*
echo "installing faad2-2.7"
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/faac/faad2-2.7.tar.bz2
tar xvfj faad2-2.7.tar.bz2
cd faad2-2.7
./configure --prefix=/usr
make install
cd ~/Download
rm -rf faad*
echo "installing gstreamer a plugins"
wget http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/src/gstreamer/gstreamer-0.10.25.tar.bz2
tar xvfj gstreamer-0.10.25.tar.bz2
cd gstreamer-0.10.25
./configure --prefix=/usr
make install
cd ~/Download
rm -rf gstreamer*
wget http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/src/gst-plugins-base/gst-plugins-base-0.10.25.tar.bz2
tar xvfj gst-plugins-base-0.10.25.tar.bz2
cd gst-plugins-base-0.10.25
./configure --prefix=/usr
make install
cd ~/Download
rm -rf gst-plugins-base*
wget http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/src/gst-plugins-good/gst-plugins-good-0.10.17.tar.bz2
tar xvfj gst-plugins-good-0.10.17.tar.bz2
cd gst-plugins-good-0.10.17
./configure --prefix=/usr
make install
cd ~/Download
rm -rf gst-plugins-good*
wget http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/src/gst-plugins-bad/gst-plugins-bad-0.10.17.tar.bz2
tar xvfj gst-plugins-bad-0.10.17.tar.bz2
cd gst-plugins-bad-0.10.17
./configure --prefix=/usr
make install
cd ~/Download
rm -rf gst-plugins-bad*
wget http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/src/gst-plugins-ugly/gst-plugins-ugly-0.10.13.tar.bz2
tar xvfj gst-plugins-ugly-0.10.13.tar.bz2
cd gst-plugins-ugly-0.10.13
./configure --prefix=/usr
make install
cd ~/Download
rm -rf gst-plugins-ugly*
wget http://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/src/gst-ffmpeg/gst-ffmpeg-0.10.9.tar.bz2
tar xvfj gst-ffmpeg-0.10.9.tar.bz2
cd gst-ffmpeg-0.10.9
./configure --prefix=/usr
make install
cd ~/Download
rm -rf gst-ffmpeg*
echo "##READY TO REBOOT##"
after you've pasted that into the vi txt editor
hit the "Esc" key a couple of times..
then enter, the ":" key
then enter "wq" and then the enter key
which should bring you back to the terminal
then at the terminal, type/paste


chmod 777 prep.sh
now your ready to run the script

Here I differ with jamert3d and opened the terminal and ran sudo nautilus which opened the file browser as root. In the home directory is the file called prep.sh. When you double click on it a prompt comes up asking if you want to run the script in a terminal. Select that option and again for abou t 30 odd minutes the script will run and run and run but will finish and go back to the terminal with the sudo nautilus command in it. Now reboot 


Once back into moblin, open the web browser
go to a site you know of that you want to play something streaming and click on the link , it should ask you what to do with the link,
select open with /other..enter or select /usr/bin/totem
click ok

if it doesn't ask you what you want todo with the link
go into the prference of the browser and make sure the associated link type
is set to always ask..

after you have that associated once, next time you can the
click the option "Do this automatically.."

the only thing left is to add vlc and its mozilla plugin to enable
in browser wmv formats to play..
make sure the browser is closed
again open a terminal, at the prompt, enter


vi prep.sh
you started vi text editor again,
first delete all the contents of the file
enter ":1,$ d" , without the quotes, then hit enter,
all of the contents should be deleted..
now time to insert the following.
hit the "i" key to insert what your about to copy.
copy all the below.. and paste into vi


cd ~/Download
wget http://www.mplayerhq.hu/MPlayer/releases/codecs/essential-20071007.tar.bz2
tar xvfj essential-20071007.tar.bz2
mkdir -p  /usr/local/lib/
mv essential-20071007  /usr/local/lib/codecs/
cd /usr/local/lib/codecs/
chmod 755 *
ln -s /usr/local/lib/codecs/ /usr/lib/codecs
ln -s /usr/local/lib/codecs/ /usr/local/lib/win32
ln -s /usr/local/lib/codecs/ /usr/lib/win32
cd ~/Download
rm essential-20071007*
mkdir ffmpeg-export-snapshot
wget http://ffmpeg.org/releases/ffmpeg-export-snapshot.tar.bz2
tar xvfj ffmpeg-export-snapshot.tar.bz2 -C ./ffmpeg-export-snapshot
cd ffmpeg-export-snapshot/*
./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-gpl --enable-postproc --enable-x11grab --enable-shared --enable-ffplay --enable-libfaac --enable-libfaad --enable-nonfree
make install
cd ~/Download
rm -rf ffmpeg-export-snapshot*
wget http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/1.0.3/vlc-1.0.3.tar.bz2
tar xvfj vlc-1.0.3.tar.bz2
cd vlc-1.0.3
./configure --prefix=/usr  -enable-mozilla --disable-dvdnav --disable-libcdio --disable-libcddb --disable-cdda --disable-vcd --disable-dvb --disable-opie --disable-oss --enable-pulse
make install
cd ~/Download
rm -rf vlc-1.0.3*
echo "user_pref(\"plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types\", \"audio/x-mpegurl,video/x-ms-asf\");" >~/.mozilla/moblin-web-browser/moblin.default/user.js
echo "INSTALLED vlc/ffmpeg/codecs"
after you've pasted that into the vi txt editor
hit the "Esc" key a couple of times..
then enter, the ":" key
then enter "wq" and then the enter key
which should bring you back to the terminal

now your ready to run the script using the sudo nautilus method above and double clicking on the prep.sh

This will take some time again but not as long as the other mammoth script. You can now delete the prep.sh


rm prep.sh*
start the browser.. go to a site with a streaming link..

with this setup, I have the moblin web broweser (firefox) able to take almost any stream and pass it to a correct media playerthe only thing left is to install add-ons to the browser such as.. adblock greasemonkey + flash block script

Next steps with Moblin

The Twitter issue is following a twitter policy to not allow automatic access for twitter applications without your online approval which as the moblin twitter is an oid build will have to get resolved in Meego if it has not been already.

But for now I have solved 3 out of the 4 problems with Moblin that I had and resolved the 4th is beyond my skills for now so I am heading back to Ubuntu Netbook Remix while I have a need to have  a more stable env

Progress? What progress!

Back with Moblin

One of the annoying deviances for the last two months has seen my netbook bounce from running the following systems

Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04

Worked fine and even got it with Moblin themes, fonts and backgrounds

Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.10

Early alpha.broke pretty quickly even for me

Dell Ubuntu Moblin remix

Looked good, wiped the whole drive, no bluetooth support, hard to adapt and update but it was a developer edition for Dell so I was quite impressed

Ubuntu Moblin Remix 9.10

Worked very well and could get updated kernels until May 2010 but sluggish compared Moblin and no Bluetooth or 3g support so it had to go

Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04

Needed stable system.Worked fine as above but did some digging and found ....

Goblin (Open Suse)

Worked very well but no Suse experience meant I could not sort the wireless drviers for my Broadcom wifi. Shame as it was as good (really good ) as Moblin with lots of extras


Got set up again and even updated.Just not getting it sorted though. Real Pain to install other stuff

Moblin (same hour as above!)

Broke on install

Fedora Moblin Spin

Took a while to learn how to install. Installed and updated . Rebooted to get error. Shame as it looked good. Tried again and then could not get wireless sorted using Slaine dev guide.

Google Chrome OS

Tried Hexxehs excellent Flow OS ( google os and other tools) from chromeos.hexxeh.net but not able to install Tried Vanilla (Google os – no ‘stuff’)

Then tried the Google OS for Dells ( which sort wifi!) here http://linux.dell.com/files/cto/

Smeegol Open Suse Meego

Ok .This looked really really good when installed after earlier network connection manager problems but could not for the life of me work out how to sort wireless issues or any issues as I know nothing about Suse so it had to go

Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04

Looked really good until I broke it upgrading to 10.10 L

So I went back to Moblin and had a full week to sort old issues...once and for all!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Updating Moblin with Broadcom wifi fix

How to update Moblin 2.1 to run the final test kernel version from December

This was a particularly bug bear for many people who had Broadcom wifi drivers who had been using the fix on Slaine.org wonderful site to get Broadcom wireless working on netbooks with Broadcom WiFi.

When it was installed it worked every time. For those who like to tinker around (and break things) like me I noticed that with the arrival expected of Meego and the demise of a Moblin 2.2 Moblin was stuck with a Kernel from November 2009 (hardly ancient). I noticed that under Software Catalogues there were 2 magic other boxes marked Testing and Development. Both of which appeared to look like an open invitation to have to reinstall Moblin again.

I was right!

Immediately I hit alt + f2 and ran Software Catalogues

See picture  

I managed to tick both the testing and Developmental boxes see belowWhen this happened I got an error message for the Development source repo which has since been removed but also got a notice that there were upgrade available (2)

The updates were connected to the browser bookmarks and a Kernel Update. The first time I ran the update everything ran smoothly and I rebooted. Upon reboot though my wifi had disappeared completely. I have found out since that the kernel update notes mention turning of B43 which I can only assume means the wifi. Who knows!

No wifi and no way of reinstalling it meant reinstalling Moblin all over again. Several times I tried this but to no avail but recently had a brain wave!

What if I ran the updates and then reinstalled the wifi fix from Slaine.org not using the rpm he so kindly made but directly from source.

So ...cut to today and I have updated the sources again and rebooted to loose my wifi again. This time I ran the obtain the wifi drivers from sources which is a more long winded process I am used to doing in Meego but I was unsure if they would work BUT they did. So after running the test updates (both of the them and installing) I rebooted. Plugged in the ethernet cable and ran the following in a terminal from the Slaine site.

sudo yum install rpmdevtools
sudo yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
sudo yum install kernel-netbook-devel
     wget http://slaine.org/moblin/releases/2.1/ia32/source/wl-kmod-
rpmbuild --rebuild --target=i586 wl-kmod-
sudo rpm -ivh ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/i586/wl-kmod-

This seemed to work fine and dandy. 

I then ran sudo reboot and when rebooted and my wifi was back and working again.

Great Success!

Now running kernel-netbook- and got wifi back


Just a small note. I thought that perhaps initially removing and then reinstalling the original 
wl-kmod app would fix it but it did not

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Getting Pino working in Meego

If like me you liked Moblin and tried Meego but got frustrated at the lack of support for using identi.ca etc then you can now use Pino.


The first time I tried to install it it failed and trying it from the command line was no good so I downloaded the rpm direct from here:


When it has downloaded, move the rpm file from your download folder into your home folder and then fire up terminal.

Pino on ubuntu courtesy of OMG ubuntu

Type ls and you will see the rpm in the home folder, as with other guides here copy the name of the pino rpm and run a sudo yum local install script like this with no gpg check

sudo yum localinstall pino-0.2.10-1.fc12.al.i686.rpm --nogpgcheck

This will then start the installation of the programme as well as a couple of dependencies.

You can navigate to the applications and there is pino under the Internet section.

Start it up and click' add' to enter in your account details and it should start automatically

Good Luck !

Here it is on my lenovo s10-2

Let me know if you run into any problems or have suggestions..you can also use this for your twitter account. I am afraid that I am not sure if this runs in Moblin though. Next time I break Meego I will try Moblin :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

How to install Open Office on Moblin 2.1 and Meego

Getting Moblin ready for work - Using Open Office in Moblin 2.1

Ok so you are using Moblin and you have played with all the games, music etc and surfed the web

So now you need to get on with your work or studies and starting producing some work.

You could install abiword through the moblin application installer which is an ok word processor and very light weight so fits well in Moblin but I am sure many of you will be thinking of needing a little bigger application so like me you can install Open Office.

Well the good news is you can and it also is not that hard to do. Anyway I managed it so it cannot be all that bad. Indeed I found this to be easier than using moblins installer programme.

Downloading the application

Firstly use your internet browser and google for open office download

This will take you to www.download.openoffice.org

There are a list of downloads but the top one will download the package with all the Open Office suite for your netbook/laptop (right click and save as ...which will save it in your download folder)

When it has downloaded open up your download folder in your home directory (alt+f2 and type file browser) and locate the openoffice package ( a tar.gz archive package) and right click on it and select : Open with “Archive Manager”

It will open up a dialogue like this:

Click once on the object and Press Ctrl + E to extract it.

Another dialogue appears here:

Select your home folder (in my case as you can see it is called andy and then press the extract button at the bottom

Another box will show progress like this 

When complete press close.This has extracted a large number of folders with rpm packages in them which will install open office.

So we have downloaded and extracted a package for new version open office which now sits in the Home Folder. Next we actually need to install it

Installing Open Office

Here we get to use the terminal very quickly and very easily. Firstly we fire up a terminal Alt+F2 and type terminal. Click on the terminal programme. We now need to get into the folder we have downloaded and install it which could not be more straightforward.

In the terminal type; ls ( a lowercase l and lowercase s together)
This lists all the files in your home directory like here:

With your mouse you need to select the name of the extracted file. Here it was called 000320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9843

Select that and type cd 000320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9843

This will put you into the folder

Now type ls again in the terminal and it will list all the things in it
Now type sudo ./setup

This tells the pc to run the setup programme gui and you will be asked to put in your password. It will open a series of boxes that are very easy to follow and usually require you to hit next. Follow all the instructions as shown and open office will be installed.

Once installed you can also get moblin to put Open Office Writer on your myzone page along with you other favourite applications by hitting Alt+f2 typing 'writer' and then you will see an icon with a pin next to it when you hover over it. Push the pin in and it will appear in your myzone page. While you are at it put some more of your favourite programmes in there at the same time. You can have about 8 and remove those ones you do not use.

Editing your favourite programmes in Moblin MyZone

Hit Alt and F2

Straight away you will see all your favourite applications at the top which should now include Open Office Writer

You can hover over each one and remove which ever you do not use. For instance you can lose the help, media player and web browser etc etc by pushing the pin icon back out ie the opposite of what you did above