Installing Ubuntu One on Kubuntu 9.10

One of the key new features in Ubuntu 9.10 is Ubuntu One and the ability to sync files into the cloud.  This product is developed by Canonical and functions similarly to Dropbox.  More information can be found on the website including a FAQ.

However, Ubuntu One is not installed as part of a default install of Kubuntu (this is as of the Release Candidate, I don’t know if it might change in release).  This post will help explain how to install Ubuntu One and get it working.

The first I installed Kubuntu and tried to get Ubuntu One working, I did a simple apt-cache search ubuntu | grep one to try and figure out what packages I need to install, however there a couple of packages to install, which ones do I?

  • python-ubuntuone-client
  • python-ubuntu-one-storageprotocol
  • ubunto-one-client
  • ubuntu-one-client-gnome
  • ubuntuone-client-tools

The first time I just installed ubuntu-one-client but couldn’t get anything to work.  The problem is you need ubuntu-one-client-gnome to install and work.

The problem with installing Ubuntu One are the 42 additional packages that get added as we install a lot of gnome packages.  Below is the list of packages included.

The following extra packages will be installed:
  gconf2 gconf2-common gnome-keyring libgconf2-4 libgcr0 libglade2-0
  libgnome-keyring0 libgp11-0 libidl0 libnautilus-extension1 libnotify1
  liborbit2 libpam-gnome-keyring libprotobuf3 libsexy2
  libstartup-notification0 libwnck-common libwnck22 libxcb-atom1 libxcb-aux0
  libxcb-event1 libxres1 notification-daemon protobuf-compiler python-cairo
  python-configglue python-gnomekeyring python-gtk2 python-notify
  python-openssl python-pam python-protobuf python-pyinotify python-serial
  python-twisted-bin python-twisted-core python-twisted-names
  python-twisted-web python-ubuntuone-client python-ubuntuone-storageprotocol
  ubuntuone-client
Suggested packages:
  gconf-defaults-service python-gtk2-doc python-numpy python-openssl-doc
  python-openssl-dbg python-pam-dbg python-pyinotify-doc python-psyco
  python-wxgtk2.8 python-wxgtk2.6 python-wxgtk python-twisted-bin-dbg
  python-tk python-glade2 python-qt3 python-profiler
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  gconf2 gconf2-common gnome-keyring libgconf2-4 libgcr0 libglade2-0
  libgnome-keyring0 libgp11-0 libidl0 libnautilus-extension1 libnotify1
  liborbit2 libpam-gnome-keyring libprotobuf3 libsexy2
  libstartup-notification0 libwnck-common libwnck22 libxcb-atom1 libxcb-aux0
  libxcb-event1 libxres1 notification-daemon protobuf-compiler python-cairo
  python-configglue python-gnomekeyring python-gtk2 python-notify
  python-openssl python-pam python-protobuf python-pyinotify python-serial
  python-twisted-bin python-twisted-core python-twisted-names
  python-twisted-web python-ubuntuone-client python-ubuntuone-storageprotocol
  ubuntuone-client ubuntuone-client-gnome

 

Once everything is installed launch ubuntuone-client-applet to finish the setup.

What the Kubuntu Netbook Live CD looks like

In a blog post yesterday, I did a brief review of Kubuntu Netbook edition on my Dell Mini 9.

Today we take a look at the default desktop from the Live CD

 

livecd

 

One of the first we notice is the way the desktop is laid out.  By using plasma-netbook we are longer focused on using the Application Launcher to open programs, we utilize the Search and Locate folder along with Favorites. 

To install Kubuntu Netbook Edition, simply click on Install Kubuntu from the Favorites section and install as the rest of the Ubuntu versions.

More posts to follow describing navigation and using the Search and Locate desktop setting.

An Review of Kubuntu Netbook Edition

I have a Dell Mini 9 and use it as my testing machine, and for testing I mean load various operating systems to see how they work on a Netbook.

When the Kubuntu devs announced a version built on the plasma-netbook part of KDE 4.  From the Wiki Page (KubuntuKarmicNetbook):

KDE4 is designed from the ground up to be scalable to many form factors. Many Kubuntu users are already using it in netbook computers. The intent is to make it easy for Kubuntu to just work.

And just working is how things go with Kubuntu Netbook…. One problem in an out of box install on the Dell Mini 9 is the Wireless driver which requires a proprietary driver.  Jockey takes care of installing the driver and after a restart I was able to connect.

One of the things I’ve noticed (and its partly my fault as being a member of the Ubuntu-Docs team) is a lack of documentation.  As it is past String Freeze< I will be using my blog to post documentation with the goal to move it into docbook format for Lucid.

 

More to come

Enabling Ayatana notifications in Kubuntu 9.10

In Kubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) there is the ability to use two different notification systems, the standard KDE notifications, or the notifications used by the Canonical created notification system Ayatana.

I have been wondering how to enable these notifications for awhilend recently stumbled on a way to enable them.

NOTE: This is in a development release and may change

If you right-click on the Systray and select “System Tray Settings” you will be able to make the change:

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Once the System Tray Settings is open, under the section labeled “Pop Up Notices” select which system you would like to use and also the position of these notifications.

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In my install of Kubuntu Netbook, I have moved the notifications  to the top right