Saturday, December 18, 2010

Installing Skype on Meego 1.1

To install skype on Meego 1.1 first head over the skype downloads page and download the latest Fedora rpm.  Now open a terminal and type:

sudo zypper install skype-

You will receive a warning like this:
Problem: nothing provides qt4-x11 >= 4.2 needed by skype-
 Solution 1: do not install skype-
 Solution 2: break skype by ignoring some of its dependencies
Choose from above solutions by number or cancel [1/2/c] (c): c

Just select option 2 and continue with the installation.

Skype running on Meego 1.1

Notice in the screen shot the font is all messed up?  That's because of the missing QT4 dependency.  Everything still works fine though so it's not a huge deal.  Hopefully the QT4 dependency will be added to the 1.1 repository soon and the problem will be fixed.  I'm pleased to report that my mic and webcam worked without any configuration.  If anyone knows a solution to the font problem please leave a comment.

Installing Dropbox on Meego 1.1

Installing Dropbox on Meego 1.1 is pretty straight forward.  Head over to the Dropbox Linux Downloads page and download the latest Dropbox Fedora rpm.  Then open a terminal and enter:

sudo zypper install nautilus-dropbox-0.6.7-1.fedora.i386.rpm

now reboot and then open Dropbox from the applications menu.

Here's one I prepared earlier

Friday, December 17, 2010

Installing the latest XBMC Dharma Release in Ubuntu 10.10

To install the latest builds of XBMC Dharma in Ubuntu 10.10 open a terminal and enter the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc-svn/ppa && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc

And it's that easy!
You can now find XBMC under Applications -> Sound and Video -> XBMC Media Center

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jolicloud 1.1 Review

The latest version of Jolicloud 1.1 was released a few days ago so naturally I decided to install it and see what has changed since the 1.0 release.  For those of you not familiar with Jolicloud it is a great little Ubuntu based, cloud oriented operating system aimed at netbooks and low end hardware.  They have even started selling their own hardware too with the recent release of the Jolibook.  Things are looking good with a lot of UI and user experience improvements.

The new Jolicloud desktop, looking good.
Probably the biggest change is in the underlying Ubuntu version which has been upgraded from 9.04 to 10.04 LTS.

One of my favourite things about Jolicloud is the hardware support which is comprehensive and hassle free, even my troublesome GMA 500 graphics card works out of the box.

The Jolicloud App Store

Overall there aren't a whole lot of changes on the surface but the Ubuntu upgrade and a general tightening up of the UI and UX makes Jolicloud a whole lot nicer.