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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Updated guide on how to make Meego look like Moblin


What a fantastic response all the Moblin work has caused. Thanks for all the positive comments from all those not so secret Moblin fans out there.

Things have moved on and I am pleased to say that there is now a really easy way to make you MeeGo device or netbook look more like the Moblin interface that we all know and loved of (not so) old.

Again the reasons for doing all of this are 100% consistent with why I use FOSS in the first place and why on my netbook I use Meego. I want it to work for me and also look and feel great.

I had to reinstall MeeGo on my netbook a while ago and took the opportunity to collaborate with Meego User flexer as well as robotnO again and use flexer’s Moblin Transformation which is much easier than a lot of the edits that I first used as well as using a more sustainable method of editing your theme properly.

This is the current Meego theme that you may have now

This then is what mine looks like now!

This is what I prefer about Moblin set up on Meego

How to do it now:

First thing you need to do is download the latest version of flexers Meego Moblin transformation pack which is kept up to date here from flexers Dropbox:

You should also download and use their Icons package that they have been busy working on:

The original post on the Meego forums is here to check if there are updated versions

He has also written an excellent how to here in English:

The guide is very straight forward and unlike my earlier one encourages you to back up each folder that you replace just in case you change your mind and want to go back.

In essence you are going to be copying and pasting a few folders with all of the changes made for you so it should not take any time what so ever.

Once you have downloaded both packs you can extract them both into your Downloads folder or wherever you wish. In them both you will see the folders referred to in this guide.

Skills required:

Using the terminal
Extracting files using archive manager
Copy and pasting
Renaming files
10- 15 minutes

It is worth it and you will not be disappointed .

Here is how to change your theme:

1) Open the terminal and type:
sudo nautilus
Nautilus opens then as root (you are in charge!)
2) Navigate to the folder /usr/share/. (you can also press ctrl and L and type in the location). Also open a new tab which shows your downloaded and extracted folders from above.
Rename the folder called  “mutter-meego” to  “mutter-meego-old”. Click into the Downloads Folder and copy here the folder  “mutter-meego” present in the transformation pack. Then go back to the usr/share/ tab and paste it in. Once you have pasted the folder, right-click on it, select properties, then permissions and set permissions so it says the following:
Owner – create and delete files
Group – Access to files
Others – Access files.
Click on apply permissions to files

3) Go to /usr/share/themes/ and rename the “netbook” to “netbook-old.” Now as before copy and paste  both  “Moblin Netbook” and “netbook” from the transformation pack.

Now again as before but for both pasted folders, select Properties, then permissions and set the permissions so:

Owner – create and delete files
Group – Access to files
Others – Access files.
Click on apply permissions to files

4) Go in /usr/share/Meego-panel-devices/theme. Rename the folder power-icon to old-power-icon. Then copy and paste the power-icon folder from in the transformation pack.
5) Go to /usr/share/Meego-panel-myzone/. Rename the folder theme to old-theme. Copy and paste the folder theme  from the transformation pack.
6) Go to /usr/share/Meego-panel-networks/. Rename the folder icons to old-icons. Copy and paste the folder icons  from the transformation pack.
Now close Nautilus which will also end your root priveliges.
7) Restart Nautilus as normal go to your home folder, press CTRL + H to show all hidden folders. Go to Folder. “Icons” (if not present create it – right click select new) and add the folders “Mynetbook” and “flexmoblin” from the transformation pack.
Close nautilus.
8) Now in terminal type “gnome-appearance-properties.” Now in the “Themes” select “Moblin Netbook”, then click on “customize”. In the tab “controls”, select “Moblin-netbook”; in the tab “window frame” select “Netbook”; in the tab “icons”  select “Mynetbook” or “flexmoblin” which ever suits you. Finally, in the tab “pointer”, select “Moblin”.

You are done!

Restart the netbook!

Now you will have a moblin look (especially if you chose “flexmoblin” icons theme).

Changing backgrounds
In the pack there is a folder “wallpaper” with some familiar backgrounds that Flexer has added
For instance you could set the MyZone background cat.png; toys.jpg as background; for system shutdown He has used  shutdown-1024×600.png and as a picture of startup system he used splash.png or splash2.png by replacing the default img in the folder /usr/share/plymouth.

He has also created people1.png (rename people.png once copied) to replace the default image in /usr/share/Meego-panel-people/theme.

If you like that he has created peoplestatus.png (rename people.png once copied) to replace the default image in /usr/share/Meego-panel-status/theme.Lastly he has created peoplezone.png (rename people.png once copied) to replace the default image in /usr/share/Meego-panel-zones.

All that remains to say is a huge 

Grazie Mille Flexer

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Meego 1.1.4 Release Update

Brief update for meego users.

Meego users may have noticed that there is an upgrade to Meego 1.1 which takes it to 1.1.4

Lots of bug fixes as well as facebook panels for people who use that.

I upgraded by opening a terminal and typing the following:

su -l
zypper patch
zypper refresh
zypper update
zypper dist-upgrade

You may see some errors about delta rpms reported but this did not seem to affect my upgrade.

I rebooted and as written before the update included a kernel update which reliably and immdiately broke my Broadcom wifi driver.

I was able to reinstall that very easily using my earlier post.


ps word from Meego is that the release of Meego 1.2 is now slightly delayed until around the 19th May. Whether you will be able to upgrade from 1.1 I am not yet sure but I will probably reinstall Meego 1.2 from scratch.

pps For those of you that have installed the moblin interface theme and interface you will also get a new (blue) wifi indicator which will need to be re Moblined!

Flexer who created the excellent Moblin transformation pack has suggested that you need to open a terminal and type sudo nautilus and then in nautilus go to /usr/share/meego-panel-networks/icons. In here create a folder named "bkp" and move all icons present in here. Then go back to the moblin transformation pack you have stored away and copy all the old network icons from in the folder "icons" in the moblin transformation pack.

When you reboot your moblin theme will return as it was.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Learn how to sort your own Broadcom Wifi out in Meego

For as long as I have used Linux on my netbook (ie since I got it as it came with Kubuntu pre installed and windoze free!) the broadcom wireless has always been a pain whether in Ubuntu or Moblin or Meego.

For well over a year now I have followed what was a fool proof method on Slaine.org where Glen has provided an up to date guide and download for people whether on Moblin or Meego. Many thanks once again for this as it has helped me out ever since.

There have been some help on the forums with this and others have kindly provided downloads of one sort or another via the community repo for Meego or individuals uploading their file very kindly.

However all of these leave me reliant and dreading the day (as just happened) when a new kernel arrives and the older wifi wl-ko file becomes obsolete. I have put off learning how to do this so this last time I got a kernel upgrade proving Meego ain't dead (thanks Intel) but rendering my wifi dead. Rather than go back to Slaine I thought I would learn to do it myself.

Several minutes later I had done it and I will show you how to do it yourself so giving you a new skill in Meego.


First some facts

1 I had just updated the kernel to a new version (version 14 from 12)after running
sudo zypper dist-upgrade  in a terminal.

2 This rendered the wifi dead and so I needed to rebuild from scratch.

3 I had to be wired in to carry this out (as the wifi was dead)

4 I am not going to give you direct download links as they are constantly updated and therefore become out of date on Broadcoms site

5 I will try to type all terminal commands in italics for you.

6 You will have already have or need to make you netbook ready to do building from source code (if you have not done this already open a terminal and type

sudo zypper install make gcc diffutils kernel-netbook-devel patch

This can/will take a long time but future proofs your netbook for when you need to do stuff like this again.

7 You will need to find the name of the kernel your netbook is using by typing
uname -r

How to do it

First we need to go to Broadcom who do (much to peoples lack of awareness) provide the actual driver for your wireless and update it for new kernels

I could give you the link for the file but this could change tomorrow so go instead to the Broadcom Linux website where the latest driver is there for you.

Broadcom Linux Website 

or if you want to copy and paste to your browser

First trick, add this website to your bookmarks, when the driver updates ...you will have the link to the latest driver.

Read their read me as it tells you exactly how to compile them but unlike this blog it does not have fancy pictures or nice fonts (as it is just a text file)

So. Now you have read their guide, download the driver which is in a compressed folder and save it in your Download folders

Open a terminal up and move into the Downloads folder by typing
cd Downloads

Find the correct name of the new linux wifi driver by typing

This will show you the name of the compress file which ever version it is something like linux_sta/hybrid-portsrc_x86_32-v5_NEWVERSION.tar.gz
again it is pointless me giving you a name that will change.

Select and Copy this name in the list on your terminal
Then you need to make a temporary folder to work in
mkdir hybrid_wl

Move into that folder

cd hybrid_wl

Now you will need to extract the folder by typing
tar xzf /home/insertyourusername*/Downloads/rightclickand paste the name your copy of the tar.gz (see  above)

Now you have downloaded and extracted the latest version of the linux broadcom driver you can now build it. It will not take long.Type

make clean



Watch and you will see this will physically BUILD your new wifi driver called wl-ko 

Now you need to copy this into the kernels wireless folders (see point 7 above)
sudo cp wl.ko /lib/modules/(kernel version in use)-netbook/kernel/net/wireless/

This is copying to your new kernels wireless folder

Then type

sudo depmod -a

This sorts your kernel to reflect the new wl.ko driver

Then tell your netbook to use this

sudo modprobe wl

You should notice straight away now in your network panel that you have wifi..go and check.

YOU have successfully built your own wireless and NEXT TIME you can do this quite quickly and easily yourself.

It is actually quite quick to do and I managed it from scratch with not many commands (if you are not sure then either leave it or look at the history of what I did for mine which is here. All the commands I entered are highlighted below from 982 onwards til when I rebooted at 994.

Good luck and let me know how you get on.

What does all of that mean then?

As a summary of what you are doing go back and re read the guide and understand the following quicker guide for when the kernel in use was and the broadcom wifi was V5_100_82_38

Instructions in italic Explanation in bold

wget http://www.broadcom.com/docs/linux_sta/hybrid-portsrc_x86_32-v5_100_82_38.tar.gz
Downloads the current driver directly from Broadcom

mkdir hybrid_wl
Creates a new folder to dump your built driver into called hybrid_wl
cd hybrid_wl
Gets into that folder

tar xzf /home/insertyourusername*/Downloads/hybrid-portsrc_x86_32-v5_100_82_38.tar.gz
Uncompresses your file

make clean
Sets up the netbook to make some source code

Builds your wifi drivers in front of your eyes! 

sudo cp wl.ko /lib/modules/
Copies your new wl.ko file (driver!) in the correct kernels wireless folder 

sudo depmod -a
Sets it up

sudo modprobe wl
Switches it on !



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Now you need to look after your new Moblin styled Meego

or ....Updates and protecting your new moblin meego

Bit of a warning here. When you next upgrade your meego the updater will automatically recognise that your meego theme is out of date and will reinstall the meego-netbook-theme....AGH!!!

This will not only put grey back all over your netbook but also remove the lovely boot splashes and shutdown screens you got to love all over again.

In a few short moments all your precious work will be grey and the cartoon figures will be back again.

However all is not lost.

How do I know this?

It happened to me last night. I knew thanks to a warning from meego user robotnO that any changes were at risk because of updates so I had been putting off an upgrade for while. I am used with using Ubuntu to having lots of regualr updates but meegos are not so frequent and sometimes will rebreak my wifi although that is easy to fix again.

First update issue

After running 
sudo zypper dist-upgrade
the terminal told me that I would need to reinstall meego-netbook-theme AND worse delete my moblin-gtk-engine as it has been superceded by the meego file. 

There were other updates that seemed to be upgraded some software and rebranding it including the wl-kmod programme so I assumed I would have to refix the wifi by rebuilding the slaine rpm which I have advised however I will do a new blog about that next to help you learn how to sort out your own wireless if you have Broadcom wireless. This will leave you more independent and less reliant on others....hopefully ;)

However as it happened maybe because there was no new kernel the wifi seemed to be fine infact maybe it is all now within the meego package brand it may have changed...we will see ( I will do a post on the forums to check this) 

Anyway ...upgrade done...reboot undertaken and the first thing to note is the return of the figure waving you goodbye....grrr!

and the meego boot splash is back

How to resolve

It could not be easier

It is really as simple as redoing the process in my last blog

I opened a terminal and removed the meego-netbook-theme

I copied the moblin gtk-theme rpm to my home folder (for ease) 

typed ls to get the correct name for the moblin gtk engine rpm 

typed sudo zypper install 'correct moblin-gtk-theme name'

and it was reinstalled

Type sudo nautilus 

I rechecked in usr/share/icons to ensure that all the icons and themes were in place

Then I replaced the moblin splash.png as well as the shutdown screen splash using the method in the previous blog.

It is often a good idea not only to back up what you are replacing but also what you have put in in case you need to redo it. I tended to shove all the moblin stuff in a dropbox folder called moblin stuff then I know what is in it.

A quick reboot and the moblin was back 

So lesson 1 if you want to maintain and future proof your new moblin meego is to keep the old moblin-gtk-engine in your home folder

Lesson 2 is when you want to do an upgrade then, you will notice that the meego-netbook-theme is always reinstalled and your moblin-gtk-engine is removed
Lesson 3 is automatically after you run your updates remove the new meego-netbook-theme and reinstall the moblin-gtk-engine rpm

If you do this automatically you should be able to keep your new meego like moblin.

Let me know how you get on

Monday, February 07, 2011

Making Meego REALLY look like Moblin


Ok in my previous blog I showed you a hints for some minor changes to make your Meego less Meego ish and more like Moblin like this



Just to clarify why I am doing this as it does take a bit of time and involves new skills. At least it certainly did for me with Linux. It also involves messing with stuff that sits deep within the file system.

That said I did it with help and patience from Meego Forum member and looking back on it, it was not so scarey. I

The main reason as I have gone through in other post  (LINK) is that I really liked both the look and feel of Moblin and got some way with some minor changes and hacks to get a system that was fine and more like Moblin that Meego.


I could not change the theme – grr!
Nor could I change the panel – grrrr!
Nor could I change the icons  - roar! Ok maybe not roar! More grrrrr!

I was enjoying the stability of Meego with fairly regular updates (some more regular than others but I was getting itchy feet and although I was not going to reinstall Moblin again as it is now ‘deprecated’ (that means dead to you and me but I thought it sounded more techie !)

I wanted the minimalism within Meego that I had with Moblin. That meant black backgrounds and simple icons and I wanted to have the white Moblin Icons back on the panel.

Not much really

So. Quite simple The very worst I would do was break it and then I would have to reinstall it again which I have not done I think since late Oct/November  ( a personal record for me on this netbook I would like to remind you as it is officially February as I write this.

Who  - I did this with Meego user robotnO without whom I would not have been able to start this. Our paths crossed when he and me both voiced our passion about Moblin’s looks in many topics on the Meego netbook forums and eventually in one topic we met up and then agreed to meet up online to sort this. Once and for all!

Thanks again friend for helping me and keeping me on the path to moblin freedom

Also a big thanks to al the others who have helped spur me on to do this and more recently have added stuff like meego user bcrawford without who help I would not have a splash screen like a do ;)

What you will need
Ok like all good students of Blue Peter in BBC in the UK (many)years ago, this is what you will need:
a About an hour spare should be more than enough
b These 7  files below which are in my dropbox public folder so help yourself.

c You are also going to be in your file system so you are going to learn a sneaky (ok lazy !)way to back up 

d An abililty to do a screen shot..learn how to and then you can show off your new Moblin Meego! On my pc is next to F12 but others may differ.

Moblin GTK Engine  (link to the Moblin GTK engine)
This needs installing to replace the Meego one which will be deleted!

Moblin Mutter Panel (Moblin Panel)
Download from here to your home folder if possible. This is the replacement panel with Moblin type white icons and the colour ones for when you hover over that will replace the ones you have already.

Replacement Mutter moblin css file (replacement mutter-meego.css

Moblin theme (Moblin Netbook theme)
This is all the theme details you will need to enable your netbook to have the old Moblin theme/colours etc

Moblin Icons (moblin icons folder)
These will be the ones that will replace the Meego theme

Moblin Battery Icons (recycled battery icons !)
To replace meego battery icons
Moblin Web Browser (Moblin Internet Browser!)
For that extra Moblin effect

If I were you I would create a new folder in your home folder or desktop called Moblin

Step 1 The Meego Panel 

1          Replace the Panel 

It is the thing that I really did not like about Meego but loved in Moblin so it is first on my list.

To change you’re my zone Panel you are going to have to replace all of the icons at the top with the Moblin ones. This involves one direct copy of all the files (except those for Battery/Power) which are contained in the Moblin Panel tar.gz Here is how to do it.

a Unrar (uncompress) the tar.gz file by right clicking on it and use archive manager to extract it to your home folder (much easier!)

b Open Terminal and type:
sudo nautilus 

This will open your file manager as root as you are going to have to make alterations to your file system (red lights flashing etc)
When nautilus opens up I open up 2 tabs

One has the folder Panel which I have just extracted from the tar.gz file above and the other you will need to navigate through to

You will see many folders and files but one (panel) is the same name as the one you just extracted.
In there are all the icons you currently use in your toolbar
You can (should get into the habit-I never used to but do now) back up this folder.For me I merely clicked on the panel folder and pressed alt-f2 to rename it and added a 1so it said Panel1

C I then copied the panel from the home folder and pasted it into the mutter-meego folder.
Now your netbook has a Panel folder full of moblin icons and a back up folder of Meego ones
It will also thanks to robotn0 have a nice logo on the left but it you know how to use gimp ( I do not have the patience you could put your own logo in or even your picture!

At this point if this were to go wrong you would reverse the process above ie you would delete the  new Panel folder and hen rename Panel1 to Panel and you will be back to square one. 

If you were to reboot now you would have a toolbar that look nearly the same as moblin toolbar except the battery icon would be coloured

2          Replace Battery Icons

These were a pain to find and sort for me but it will not be for you as I have created a .tar.gz file with them in and renamed them (meego called them different names than moblin just to help!)  I noticed that not all of the icons are the same for the relative power levels so I have changed them slightly

With nautilus open still navigate out of mutter-meego and find Meego-panel-devices and navigate to Power icons in themes ie:


In there are your Meego battery icons (nice enough but not the same!) 

This is what they look like
In your other tab navigate back to where you downloaded the dalston battery folder located in the power icon.tar.gz  (Dalston as it took me a while to find out was where Moblin stored its battery icons)
You will need to create a back up folder in your Meego devices/Power icons tab called oldmeeegobatteryicons or something. Then note the names for all the various states for your battery and power. 

I have renamed all the files from dalston to replicate the various states so you do not have to as the moblin ones were different.

You need to move all the old Meego battery icons to the back up folder you created and then copy the folders from you uncompressed power-icons.tar.gz to replace them.

3          Replace the CSS file

This will tell your Meego panel be just like the Moblin panel (ie when hovered over do this , that colour etc)
In your home folder navigate to the downloaded replacement mutter-meego.css and copy and past it over the old mutter-meego.css in


It should ask if you want to overwrite it – click yes or back up as I have shown elsewhere by renaming as mutter-meego1.css and then copy and pasting the new replacement file over

Now for a reward for you patience!

Reboot and your panel should now look like mine above

Step 2 Getting rid of the Meego theme and replacing it with Moblin

a Installing the theme
Compared with step 2 this was strangely easy
Open up nautilus as root again as it step 1 as we will have to do some copying in the files system
First open the terminal and remove the meego-netbook-theme
Then navigate to the folder where your moblin gtk-engine.rpm has been stored and type
ls to check the correct name of the gtk-engine then 
 sudo zipper install  #name of gtk engine# 
Back in nautilus then copy the moblin theme folder to the
usr/share/theme folder
Also copy the moblin icons folder to the
usr/share/icons folder

This is what some of them will look like
b Selecting your theme
Reboot your pc and then open terminal and enter 
and select the moblin theme 
I also set up so the moblin icons and black and white colours were there but you can choose yourself what you would like
Getting this right I guess depended how (if you had moblin before) how you had it set up

You are done!

Reboot and there you go …your are running Meego but it looks like moblin
You have changed not only the panel and it’s icons but also your theme. If you do not like it you can change it all back to how it was or fiddle and play until you get it how YOU want it.


Step  3 Moblin Internet Browser

Well….not quite

Moblin used to have a really cracking internet web browser that was very similar to fennec but was actually Firefox based.

It too was minimalist and damn fast

If like me you never really warmed to chrome or chromium browser and Firefox just is not enough then this could help

Have a play with it and see for yourself.
It is still relatively new version of Firefox and felt like you back on the web in moblin

Open a terminal and again type sudo zipper install and copy and paste or drag the downloaded moblin Firefox browser and it will install the rpm

If you want to make the internet browser the default you can in the preferences button on the right hand side where in general you can tick to make moblin browser the default browser.


If all of this has worked AND you have followed my previous blog (HERE) on backgrounds and boot splash you will have a Meego that is up to date and looking like Moblin used to

Things to work on

1          I cannot seem to make the theme changes permanent yet but I have hidden all the other themes except Moblin and Mist in usr/share/icons in a back folder

2          I cannot yet make the Moblin internet browser update passwords
3          I cannot yet find the old moblin boot splash (it is somewhere in moblin but I WILL find it I am sure

4         I am also aware that meego will attempt to replace your mobin gtk engine because it is out of date technically but I am sure that this will be easy to put back so keep all the original downloaded files somewhere handy. In fact I am sure the next big Meego update will replace many things so back up now and redo later if necessary.

I hope you found this easy to follow. If not let me know or suggest any changes. Please also take the time to do a screen capture and show it off in the comments section below or in the Meego forums..the more people use this the better in my opinion.

If you get stuck ..try me on twitter or email using contacts in my profile...I am more than keen to help you as I was helped.

So alamantus....are you willing to give it a try ?

I am prepared to help where I can ..hopefully the guide is detailed enough (bit too detailed for many I am sure ) but give it a try and if you do ...post the results back here as a screen shot whether it works or not...remember back up as described and if you do not like it you can go back.

Now then

Kept my side of the bargain

Here was the challenge to others who have better graphics skills than me

You may remember the boot splash in moblin when you had installed it. Nice black and white thing which I replaced with the cat.png picture you can see on the blog

However I really wanted to have the black and white image back that Moblin used to have...

Now then, if this violates the meego licence thing (not my beef) please feel free to make it say meego and not moblin...after all it is the style I am interested in

Who is up for that then?

Answer was Meego user bcrawford who kindly worked on a really funky moblin boot screen here:

You can dowload from this directory directly and keep the name the same ie splash.png
bcrawfords moblin splash

Download this, open  terminal and type sudo nautilus then navigate to usr/share/plymouth and replace the splash.png file with this one. You could always rename the original one splash1.png and then copy and paste the new one in. That might be safer too if you change your mind!

I have updated this as I realised (after doing the above from memory) that my memory was missing a few er facts ! Sorry to have messed anyone around


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Getting Meego working better and a little nicer to look at


One of the smaller bug bears I had when Meego first came out was the actual look of it. I had previously been using Moblin which I have to say just worked for me visually as well as tech wise.

I never quite like the colour logos on the Myzone area nor the fonts or background images and boot screens.

So here is how I changed it all to the way I liked

1        Fonts – Three Easy steps

This was easy to do and is achieved by opening Applications>Settings>Wallpaper and Fonts>Fonts.
I always use Droid Sans fonts right across the board with my operating system so here I selected Droid Sans fonts and also made them a little bigger (eyesight gradually failing with length sat in front of netbook! )

Secondly I changed the fonts in Firefox which I use as my Internet Browser. Open Firefox>Edit>Preferences>Content>Fonts and Colours>Advanced. Again all the changeable fonts I made Droid Sans and again increased the font size slightly. Importantly here I unticked the option to allow web pages to show their own fonts – I am in control here not them J

Lastly in Open Office I went to Options and changed the fonts settings for the entire suite to be Droid Sans as per the picture below

2          Background

In MeeGo you can change the background/wallpaper in 2 ways. One is your classic wallpaper and one is the background for MyZone.
First, as in changing Fonts open

Applications  ;Settings ;Wallpaper and Fonts ;Wallpaper.

I have got the old Moblin Cat.png and Blue Screen which I copied  out of an old Moblin pen drive. You can get the files here at my dropbox



Blue Moblin Background

I stored them in Pictures so I do not delete them too easily. Back in Wallpapers and Fonts in Settings I then browse into my Picture Folder and select the one I want.

This sets the Meego Background but NOT that of the MyZone panel. This is changeable in 


and at the bottom you will see a box to select the background for MyZone Panel. Again click Browse to choose the image you want. Nothing to brash as it will clash with your posts/updates.

Lastly I rarely use the calendar feature or email alert so in this screen I also turn those features off which makes the Myzone panel wider and quite like a tablet I guess see below.  As you see you favourite application now run vertically down the left of your screen.

You could if you are feeling real social have no apps displayed at all like this where you remove all your favourite apps and just have twitter updates which is fine if all you use Meego for is twitter, last fm and the internet

Bit strange and I like firefox and other apps but I did this to show you 

2        Sorting the boot splashes

I fear I may be in a minority  with this but when I first used Meego the little boot and shutdown screens really really got on my nerves. The just looked a bit too cartoony for me. However I had not the faintest idea how to change them until I learnt in another version of Ubuntu Moblin Remix to get rid of the brown background that kept me for years away from Ubuntu and satying with Kubuntu

The answer as I found out through a few well placed ‘how to change ugly brown ubuntu boot’ google searches was actually quite easy and involved copying the image I want into the depths of the file system but using a very clever trick.

The current boot and shutdown images are located here in which I show you how to edit below. Seemed safe enough to do and two months later it still boots fine and dandy.

As shown below but just moving/copying your image into that folder does not change it. The system is saying for boot splash go to this folder and use image named so you have to rename your image as that so in this case it is called plymouth splash

This means opening your file browser (nautilus) as root via a terminal with a sudo nautilus

Here you can navigate by clicking through the file system or learn another new trick and pressing ctrl and L to get an editable location bar in nautilus where you paste in the location of the files


Use this if you like which is the old Moblin splash background that Meego also use but unlike the other one does not have a Moblin logo at the bottom.

Shutdown splash is here

Personally I actually really like the image above..good strong brand image I guess...although I do not pretend to understand marketing :)

I also managed to extract another image from the old Moblin live pen drive which I think will be useful. It used to be part of the old install screen GUI

I always thought it would make a good boot splash intro but the sizing I do ot yet understand how to edit. Maybe you do so here it is

This will take you straight to that location. There you will see tw
In a new tab then locate your own image you want for the boot screen or shutdown screen. Copy it to the same place as the original by dragging it across.
Now for a sneaky trick learnt by guess work (broken many pcs with guess work mind you L)
In the first tab click the original image and hit f2 to rename it. Copy the name as it is and then before the .png etc add a 1. This file is now changed. Now save the change then select the new image you want, hit f2 to rename it and Paste the name of the original file in there.It now is the original file. Save it and then change the shutdown image the same way.

You have basically hoodwinked your pc to select your image not its own just by renaming some files. By all means keep the original there renamed just in case you want to revert back to it later. When you reboot you should now see your changes take place.

I tend to use the same image to boot with as my desktop background as it makes for a clearer boot splash from BIOS to internet for me with less screen changes.

Now I feel I am getting somewhere at last with messing around with my PC all I will need to change is the icons on the MyZone Panel to be white like on Moblin and also lose the Meego Icon although the latter is not essential .

One of the other things I did after getting rid of the old Meego shutdown splash was to get rid of the are you sure you want to shut down script which I did using advice from the Meego Forums here




I think I did
sudo gedit /etc/acpi/actions/power.sh

and then added


shutdown -h now

I have also failed to back permenant theme changes in Meego 1.1.