HowTo: Install drop in Xubuntu (unedited)

November 24, 2009

[IN PROGRESS….I haven’t been able to get this to work yet with Xubuntu Karmic x64]

This is written for Slackware with Xfce, so I still need to edit it for Xubuntu:

This guide will show you how to install Droxbox on a system that doesn’t have Nautilus installed. This is especially useful to people who use Slackware, because GNOME is not installed by default. You still need a file manager though, so in this example, we’ll use Thunar.
In order to get Dropbox to work, we have to trick Dropbox into thinking that Nautilus is already installed. The easiest way to accomplish this, is by creating a script in /usr/bin called nautilus, which basically is a link to thunar. To get started, download a precompiled binary from I used a binary compiled for Fedora 10 called nautilus-dropbox-0.6.1-1.fc10.i386.rpm.
What we now are going to do is to run rpm2tgz on this package so that we can explode the package using explodepkg. We do so because we want to create a slackware-package, where we also include our little workaround. First, log in as root.
su –
mkdir /tmp/dropbox
mv nautilus-dropbox-0.6.1-1.fc10.i386.rpm /tmp/dropbox
rpm2tgz nautilus-dropbox-0.6.1-1.fc10.i386.rpm
explodepkg nautilus-dropbox-0.6.1-1.fc10.i386.tgz
Now, go to /tmp/dropbox/usr/bin, fire up your favorite text-editor and write the following:
thunar $@
exit 0
When you’re done, save the file as “nautilus”. Now, go back to /tmp/dropbox, create a folder called install, touch a file called “slack-desc” and run makepkg to create a slackware-package.
mkdir install
touch install/slack-desc
makepkg dropbox-0.6.1-i386-1vh.tgz
The only thing that has to be done now, is to install the package.
installpkg dropbox-0.6.1-i386-1vh.tgz


HowTo: Install Adobe Air on Ubuntu

September 25, 2009

Adobe Technologies released the Linux version of Adobe AIR some weeks ago which brings web applications and widgets to your desktop. Installing new applications on a Linux distribution is always a mystery for newbies so here is a guide that teaches you how to install Adobe AIR on Ubuntu.

  1. Open the Terminal
  2. Download the file from here using the wget command:
  3. The name of the file is AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  4. Save the file in the Home folder (Places > Home Folder)
  5. Run this command:
    chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  6. Now run this command:
    sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

Copy extra Adobe library file (won’t run in 64 bit without this)

sudo cp /usr/lib/ /usr/lib32

Install AIR apps via web.

The normal installer will open, install it. From now whenever you download a .air file, just double click it and it will be installed.

HowTo: Install OpenOffice 3.1.1 in Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope 9.04

September 22, 2009 3.1.1 was released a few days ago, bringing many bug fixes to the stable 3.1 series. One of the ways to get it on Jaunty is to use the PPA for Scribblers which recently packaged it for Ubuntu Jaunty and included it in their repositories.

To install the latest release using command-line, just use the instructions below:

First, edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file and enter your user password:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following two lines (the second one is not necessary, unless you want the sources to be available too):

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

Add the trusted key for these repositories:

sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv-keys 247D1CFF

Update the packages lists:

sudo apt-get update

You can eventually remove your existing OpenOffice installation by using the following two commands:

sudo apt-get remove –purge
sudo apt-get autoremove –purge

This will also remove system-wide configuration files.

Now, install 3.1.1:

sudo apt-get install

This should be all. You can run it by pressing Alt+F2 and typing openoffice in the run box.

HowTo: Lotus Symphony Office Suite: Install on 64 bit systems

September 22, 2009
I tried this, you may like it better than OOo from which it’s based, or Not.
You decide.

How to install IBM Symphony on 64-bit systems

I was able to get IBM Symphony v1.3 installed on Ubuntu 8.10 64-bit by using the steps listed below. You can download Symphony 1.3 here.

  1. First off you will need to install the following packages.


sudo apt-get install libstdc++5 ia32-libs ia32-sun-java6-bin
  1. Next download this package to your desktop.

  2. Open the libxkbfile package with file-roller (make sure to use sudo)


sudo file-roller ./libxkbfile1_1.0.4-1_i386.deb
  1. Open the data.tar.gz file in file-roller. You should be able to simply double click on the file to open it in file-roller. If you are prompted to select an application to open it with just type file-roller in the Application box and click Open.

  2. Double click the . folder then the usr folder then the lib folder.

  3. Select the following files:

  1. Click extract and extract those files to /usr/lib32.

  2. Close both file-roller windows

  3. Type the following:


sudo dpkg --force-architecture -i symphony*.deb

After the installation is completed you’ll have a new Symphony menu item on you Applications > Office menu. The first time you run it you’ll be asked to accept a software license from a terminal window. Just type 1 and then enter to continue.