Running Linux Applications Under Sugar

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Note: This article is about running Linux applications inside Sugar, not launching them in Terminal.

To run Linux apps under Sugar (i.e. making them to run in the Sugar interface, without the collaboration and other Sugar integration programmed into them), read these instructions.

A woman named CatMoran created a script that automates most of the steps of Sugar Coating Linux applications to run under Sugar.

  • The process has be confirmed to work with Firefox, Seamonkey, Midnight Commander and Totem.It it presumed to work with many other Linux programs.
  • It doesn't work for roto's current mplayer configuration, because only programs that use the same command every time (ie, no input file name, in this case) can be set up to run this way.

To setup (one time):

  1. Start a Terminal activity.
  2. Enter the following commands. su wget http://www.catmoran.com/olpc/libsugarize.so chmod 755 libsugarize.so wget http://www.catmoran.com/olpc/sug chmod 755 sug (What do those commands do? They log you in as root, gets a copy of Albert Cahalan's compiled libsugarize file, and gets the script CatMoran created.)
  3. Optional, if you want to use one of the icons CatMoran created:

    wget http://www.catmoran.com/olpc/plain.svg
    wget http://www.catmoran.com/olpc/ff.svg
    wget http://www.catmoran.com/olpc/l.svg
    

    To Run:

    Locate an icon you want to use/reuse.

    You can copy any .svg file located in /usr/share/activities/*.activity/activity/*.svg

    Or you can use one of the icons I've created. (wget commands above.) plain.svg is a plain circle, ff.svg is a circle with FF (for firefox) inside, l.svg is a circle with L inside. ff.svg and l.svg can easily be edited for any two or one character(s). Open the file in any text editor. Each letter is in plain text just before the </tspan> tags, replace them and save the file.

    Enter the following commands, to log in as root and execute the sug script.

    su
    ./sug
    

    You'll be prompted for an activity name. Enter a short, descriptive name with no spaces or punctuation, such as BibleTime or Firefox.

    You'll be prompted for an icon file to copy into the new task. You can enter the full path and filename of any .svg file. If the icon is in the same directory as the sug file, you can enter just the filename.

    You'll be prompted for the command to start the program. This is the command you entered from Terminal to start the program, such as firefox.

    You'll be prompted for an organization path, such as org.mozilla If you don't know what this is, just enter org.x

    (If at any of the prompts you want to quit the script, just enter nothing at the prompt.)

    The script will give you a success message. Reboot sugar to see the new task in the Sugar taskbar.

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    Source - http://olpcnews.com/forum/index.php?topic=1555.0