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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]
Version=1.0
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=Firefox Web Browser custom
GenericName=Web Browser
Comment=Browse the Web
Exec=/home/YOUR-USER-NAME*/firefox/firefox %u
Icon=firefox
Terminal=false
Type=Application
StartupWMClass=firefox
MimeType=text/html;text/xml;application/xhtml+xml;application/vnd.mozilla.xul+xml;text/mml;
StartupNotify=true
Categories=Network;WebBrowser;


* 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

http://www.xfce.org/projects/xfce4-mixer

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

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

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)
 
then 
 
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