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Friday, May 28, 2010

Meego: First Impression

MEEGO



Well , I have been using moblin on and off for a while now and been waiting for the release of Meego which was released on Wednesday
Here are my first impressions :

Well as someone who used moblin on and off I was keen to see the release of Meego. Surprised there was no countdown like we get with Ubuntu etc as I could have put info out about it on blogs etc. Maybe that is something I can help with in the future.

Now then here perhaps is where I state what I expected to find

No wifi support - that is expected with my broadcom wireless so i know of solutions

No mp3 support - usually sortable dependant on your player needs

Bit crashy...its new- i take risks!

No office software - can sort

No skype - can sort that too

TESTING

Anyway..down to business ...got the link, downloaded it easily enough etc, made it into a live pen drive system as shown.

It booted first time for a live system fine.

Looks nice...slightly different than moblin hmmm but nice

I tested what was there and all seemed to work ok ...all of my guesses/assumptions were right so I took the brave /daft decision to install
It was nice to see a rearranged top panel

 Installation 

Went very quick..bit strange as it did it in two stages ie install files and then set your pc afterwards but hey ..who cares

It was after installation that I checked for support for the issues above and got to work

Wifi was fixed following support from slaine.org ..updated for meego from the old moblin support. Bit more work than previously but easy to follow and installed the wifi drivers I needed

Rebooted...very fast by the way ;)

Thanks Greg!





SOUNDS
MP3 was a little more of a pain..the old gstreamers fix that slaine.org had did not work this time as Banshee would not work with them for some reason which I do not know so I downloaded the fluendo mp3 package from here


http://www.fluendo.com/shop/product/...o-mp3-decoder/

I could not get them to install properly for some daft reason so did a little research as when I tried to install them via the terminal I got the error of the package not being signed. The solution was to insert a command after to tell my pc not to check for signed packages...dont ask..I do not understand!
I copied the fluendo rpm into my home folder,fired up a terminal and told it to :
sudo yum localinstall fluendo-codecs-mp3-11-3.i386.rpm --nogpgcheck

bingo !

Music

Job Done!



SKYPE

I then installed skype using my own method here
http://andybleadengoeskubuntu.blogspot.com/2010/02/getting-skype-to-work-on-moblin.html
Sorry if previous link did not work
Skype was up and running

Open Office

I followed this guide
Install Open OfficeHOW TO INSTALL OPEN OFFICE ON MOBLIN FEDORA SYSTEMS
and followed the installation via the guide at the bottom (look for
Alternative Way To Install OpenOffice.org 3.2 with Graphical Setup)
ie
download extract it etc get into a terminal and get into the folder and then type

./setup

It sets up the open office installer gui thing which works a treat. I did it as a super user and it installed it really easily



quite a bit longer and I was progressing nicely ...with sounds too...the banshe e player was not as good as rhythmbox for me but I will get back to that another time.

Twitter was working much better for me than it did in moblin and seemed to show others updates too which was great

Still could not seem to sort last fm but I never have properly so I left that



INSTANT MESSAGING

Instant messenger was very tricky as other reported and only got msn working with aol icq and yahoo not working as others report.

The time was ticking at this point and needed to quickly reinstall a netbook ubuntu as I need a really reliable and connectable netbook for a few weeks but I will return and try more stuff when I can

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS

Well done team ..it was nice..a little crashy and the wifi had to be prompted with every reboot..but very nice all the same

All problems above will I am sure get fixes.. I am an optimist and look forward to trying this again soon.

It looked different than moblin slightly in a way that was not too comforting but not too threatening either

Mind you I did really like moblin

In conclusion ..a cracking release people :) 



Thanks


I have also posted this on the Meego forum which is very good: Meego forums

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Moblin and Internet Radio



Moblin gets some sounds!


How to install Internet Radio plug in for Rhythmbox on Moblin

Well after many trials with the Moblin media player with radio I got nowhere and after recently trying Ubuntu Netbook Remix I got to like the Rhythmbox Player they used. I managed to install a radio plug in to search for shoutcast and icecast radio stations.

Let's assume that you have installed Moblin on your netbook or laptop and have tried a few things as well as sorted wireless internet access if you need it and sorted out how to play mp3s (if not see my earlier posts)


Method

The first thing you will have to do is install Moblin's Rhythmbox which if you hit Alt and F2 you can choose the Moblin Application Installer. When this fires up you can choose under Media you will see Rhythmbox. Click install next to the icon and wait for it to install.

When installed you will need to open Rhythmbox and edit the layout a little to show the various plugins by maximising the size of the Rhythmbox player and dragging the windows into shape.

You will need to open the Rhythmbox plugins tool under edit and select radio and which ever else you like ( eg for Last FM if you ever use that)

Now you need to install another plugin from the very helpful people here

http://www.programmierecke.net/programmed/rhythmbox-radio-browser.html
They have developed a plugin that is easy to download in a deb file for Ubuntu users but you will need to follow the instructions to download the source code

Don't Panic as this will give you another reusable Moblin Skill :)

First where it has Other Linux versions you will need to download the archive folder

http://www.programmierecke.net/programmed/rhythmbox-radio-browser-2.0.tar.gz

The Moblin internet browser will ask if you want the archive manager to open it when downloaded. Select that and then when it has downloaded (it is very small) the archive manager will open. You can choose to extract it using the button in the centre of the panel and extract it to your home folder (which ever you have named it, mine is Andy)

Next you will need to open the terminal programme (Alt +F2 and type Terminal)
If you type the following as shown
Type

ls

This will list the docs and folders you have in the Home Directory Documents/Downloads etc and the newly extracted folder called rhythmbox-radio-browser-2.0

Type

cd rhythmbox-radio-browser-2.0

This will take your terminal into the folder (cd = changes directory)

Then type

./install.sh

This will install the plugin

Close the terminal and rhythmbox and reopen rhythmbox again and open the plugins under edit as before. The internet radio browser will be there now which you can tick and it should open up under the other plug ins such as radio etc. It will attempt to download a list of radio stations from Icecast and Shoutcast which you can search to your hearts content.

For instance on mine there was a local folder and there you can select your country (United Kingdom for instance) and browse for suitable stations. When you find them, click on them and if you like you can play or bookmark them. Alternatively you can enter text into the search bar such as blues or jazz and a list will come up

Happy listening



Good stations
Cyber Fm Rhythm and Blues
Otto baroque

Things to watch for

The guide on the web refers to internet radio version 1.9 but you will download a newer version so refer to that eg 2.0 etc

You will have also learnt as I did a reliable way of installing Linux Programmes from archive folders like tar.gz