Running Linux Applications Under Sugar
Note: This article is about running Linux applications inside Sugar, not launching them in Terminal.
Many standard Linux programs can be run within Sugar, but without the collaboration and other Sugar integration programmed into them. The process of adding an icon to the Sugar Activities panel is called "Sugar Coating".
A simple script to automate the process was created by a woman named CatMoran. The script:
- has be confirmed to work with Firefox, Seamonkey, Midnight Commander, TuxType2, TuxPaint and Totem. It it presumed to work with many other Linux programs.
- only works with programs that use the same command every time (i.e., a single command with no qualifiers). It doesn't work for roto's current mplayer configuration, because the mplayer command requires an input file name to start the program.
To setup (one time):
- Start a Terminal activity.
- 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.) 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 (once per program that you want to Sugar Coat):
- 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 CatMoran created--and downloaded using the wget commands listed above. plain.svg is a plain circle, ff.svg is a circle with the letters FF (for Firefox) inside, l.svg is a circle with the single letter L inside. Both of the latter files can be easily edited using any text editor and one or both character(s) changed. Each letter is in plain text just before the </tspan> tags, replace them and save the file.
Sugar Coat Script Mirror Servers
- Main Page - http://www.archive.org/details/Sugarize
- The HTTP - http://ia341002.us.archive.org/3/items/Sugarize
- The FTP - ftp://ia341002.us.archive.org/3/items/Sugarize