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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


Friday, June 04, 2010

Meego : Back on the road again



Well after a week of having to have a stable platform for my netbook I reinstalled Meego again:

a To test it properly and learn more
b To put right all the things I did wrong last time :)

It was very easy to install and I had created a todo list beforehand to get me on the right road.

I use a Lenovo S10-2 and was happy enough to do a fresh install and wipe the hard drive. I also needed to:

  1. Get the Broadcom wireless working (see previous blog)
  2. Get Open Office working (as above)
  3. Get Skype up and running (as above)
  4. Get Banshee playing mp3 and some radio (as above)
  5. Get BBC i-player working
  6. Set up Twitter and some instant messaging
  7. Install Dropbox
  8. Get connected with my local network
  9. Drop some music on my netbook
  10. Get on and use it properly for a while

1 -4

Well, I got to stage 4 and got mp3 playing directly but could not install the banshee community extensions that would have given me access to shoutcast and icecast using this guide
http://gburt.blogspot.com/2010/02/banshee-community-extensions.html
I followed it as best as I coudl but as a novice to using git sources I got stuck and although it seemed to install Foo it never appeared on Banshee :(
One for another time perhaps as it was time to crack on.

 Wifi Note
One word to note. Slaine.org site gives a good guide to installing broadcom wireless drivers that mean you do have to install a fair fewdevelopment packages and need a wired connection obviously. However it is easy to follow and using copy and paste I was done in no time. In fact I did that, the open office, mp3, skype and  dropbox and then rebooted the system as the system needs a reboot to start the wireless. Thanks again for the Slaine.org site :)

5 BBC Success!

The BBC I-Player website worked straight out of the box in Google Chromium which was good as I had some Radio 3 on as I worked. It was good to think that I did not have to download another set of codecs. Mind you I have yet to watch the TV player..will come back if it does not work

6 Twitter and other social stuff
Twitter was a doddle to sort this time and with Instant Messaging I could do Jabber MSN and Yahoo but the bug with AIM and ICQ remain although there is talk of a fix on the web here http://live.gnome.org/Empathy/FAQ#I_can.27t_connect_to_my_AIM.2BAC8-ICQ_account_anymore
It is not on my priority list as I use these less and less so I will wait to sort

7 Dropbox
This was strange as I have an account, downloaded the rpm and did a local install as I did with the mp3 codecs and the dropbox application was installed but it did alter my repos which blocked any updates so I had to delete the new dropbox repo which was in

/etc/yum.repos.d
 This meant me having to open a terminal, typing sudo nautilus to get root control access to the file browser and then opening the folder above and deleting the dropbox repo.  Weird but I do not know why it was messing up

8 Local Network

I have various PCs/Laptops on my LAN which all have access via Samba to the Music etc stored on my largest drives to save duplication. These are all Ubuntu/Kubuntu pcs but I cannot access the windowshares within my local network using Meego. I have put a question about this on the Meego forum here to see if I can shed some light on it Meego Question re Networking/Samba
I also tried to get some help from the meego irc group but got nowhere at all despite lots of advice


9 Music
Plugging mp3 player into the usb pen drive was fine. It showed up in the devices but when I tried to import the date nothing much happened so I copied it across to the Music folder directly in nautilus (file browser). It transferred fairly quickly too.

10 Get on with it
With all of that done and as I was going to be working from home I got on and used the netbook all day with no crashes save Chromium crashing a few times.
I also installed and sync my Gmail and other email but could not get an exchange plugin for evolution.

It was a little easier to use 2nd time around and I actually enjoyed using it a little more too so well done team