Digital City

This blog is a refection on a digital journey. Three, major themes influence the content, The City, Social Justice, Education and Digital Literacy. There is a special focus on Linux Operating systems because most are free and a gateway into code.
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And there is This from How-To Geek for Cruton

The academic laptop 2.0 runs on Debian 7.4 (Wheezy).  Until now I only used one non-FOSS  software package, Flashplayer. Pipelight handles any Microsoft Silverlight requirements needed for video viewing on the University site.   WebEx is a virtual meeting software platform used in many Universities. I need to use WebEx for my studies.

Java is a requirement of WebEx, so I installed Java 7 via repository.  I visited the WebEx test site, ran a test and it seemed I was able to participate in virtual WebEx meetings.  On the day of my last meeting I was not allowed to participate with my laptop, I used my phone.

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No WebEx  :(

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I needed to install a Microsoft msi plugin.  I downloaded WINE and attempted an install the day of the meeting, however I was unsuccessful. Upon my second attempt I was ale to install the plugin.  The steps follow….

1. Open the windows file with WINE. (WINE is in the Debian software repository, you may access it with Synaptic)

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WARNING:  Do not select the Launch Powerpoint option, an explanation follows…

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2. Accept License

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3. Choose the install

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My first attempt to install the software failed, in review this is the step Linux users need to customise.  As opposed to continuing this reflection with steps that will end in failure……image

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We will continue with the correct steps.

4.  Choose the custom install

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5. Deselect the Microsoft Powerpoint option.  

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WebEX wants to connect with Microsoft Powerpoint software.  I use LireOffice Impress as it is FOSS.  

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6. At this step change the install location, I chose my home folder..image

The ‘C’ will remain in the file tree, however your linux system files will follow after the C….

7. Continue and install

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8. If the installation is successful the Microsoft wizard will quit.  You will see the windows file saved in your chosen folder, I chose my home folder.

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The strange story of gtk3 in Debian 7  XFCE

The academic laptop is finally configured.  Debian 7.4 XFCE did not display gtk3 icons or themes.  Debian 7 runs XFCE 4.8, it seems XFCE 4.10 fixes the gtk3 issue, I had no desire to install XFCE 4.10 from Jessie.  I copied a gtk3 folder from a conky file.    I pasted it into my home folder (see above).

Upon the first restart after installing the gtk3 folder there was no change.  I was unable to configure gtk3 images and therefore I could not use Faenza icons.  I installed docky, and everything changed, I had gtk3 rendering and lovely, lovely Faenza icons….  The strange story of gtk3 in Debian 7  XFCE 4.8

This is the yet another academic laptop.  It is a refurbished Lenovo G570.   It was in my closet as the stock Atheros wifi card is rubbish and liquid was spilled on the keyboard and as a result the keys are sticky and the b  key is broken.    I copy and paste or spell check all words with b.

The purpose of this project is to provide an independent open source implementation of Google Drive client for GNU/Linux.

The new, improved academic desktop.  It is Deian 7.4 XFCE.  I could not configure gtk2 to accept Faenza icons and Conky———-SOLVED.  This is the yet another academic laptop.  It is a refurbished Lenovo G570.   It was in my closet as the stock Atheros wifi card is rubbish and liquid was spilled on the keyboard and as a result the keys are sticky and the  key is broken.    I copy and paste or spell check all words with b.

Debian 7.4 Openbox and LXDE with a big sticker-like conky.