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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!