- November 23, 2008 at 4:07 pm #2340
I bought an Aigo P8860 recently and want to set it up to run either XP Tablet or the expanded version of the Midinux OS detailed on the Midwiki.com site. However, I just broke my shoulder and can’t do the running around and fiddling with USB sticks and CDs needed to do it myself. Is there anyone in HK who can set up the device for me? Not for free, of course. It’s the ideal one to use with my arm in a sling.
tel. 6199 0853November 24, 2008 at 9:37 am #2341
I’m sorry for your broken shoulder.
I remember having seen your nickname in umpcportal forum.
I can’t help you the way you asked for, being a bit far from Hong-Kong.
But if your arm lets you use the Aigo and its keyboard, and if you have some basic knowledge of linux, I think that you can hack Midinux without needing an USB stick, neither a CD.
Just download the hack file and uncompress it somewhere on the Aigo (eg. in ~/MyDocs/install).
Remember that you can get access to the command line by typing
Then all the operations that you need to do are those which are performed by the script ‘postscript.sh’ in the hack file. You can do them from the command line:
cp -f statusbar.conf /root/.osso/hildon-desktop/statusbar.conf
cp -f applications.menu /root/.osso/menus/applications.menu
rm -f /usr/share/applications/hildon/*
cp -f desktop/* /usr/share/applications/hildon
cp -f pixmaps/* /usr/share/pixmaps
I have only written above the command lines which allow to display the application menu in Midinux (home icon on the left of the statusbar).
When you have entered these commands, you can reboot the Aigo. You’ll find a X Terminal application in the menu.
You can download firefox from mozilla site and install it following the instructions found on the site. Choose the same directory as shown in postscript.sh (or correct the file firefox.desktop to give the path where you’ll have installed firefox).
Just use the postscript.sh as a guideline for the other (optional) operations. Don’t forget to change the pathnames as I made above.
That’s all. I hope it will help you if you don’t find another solution.
YvesNovember 25, 2008 at 7:15 am #2342
Thanks, Yves. But where can I get the hack file from?November 25, 2008 at 12:40 pm #2343
http://www.midwiki.com/index.php?option … &Itemid=54November 26, 2008 at 8:24 am #2344
Thanks and got the file but not sure about the cd command, am still getting a no such file warning. Is this something to do with the tilde mark perhaps.November 26, 2008 at 12:01 pm #2345
or in two steps:
the result is the same:
‘~’ is a shortcut for the home directory of the user, and the only user configured on Midinux is ‘root’, with /root as home directory.
And if you enter ‘cd’ without giving a path, it changes the directory to the user’s home directory.November 27, 2008 at 7:09 am #2346
Yves, I worked out how to navigate to the right directory and I input the command lines you listed. I now have a home icon at top left of my home screen, but the app list is empty. Could you tell me how I should get the Xterm client in the app list?
While going through the command line instructions, I kept getting requests for overwrites, which suggested that the install had somehow already run once. However, I couldn’t find the postscript.sh script in the hack file, or anywhere else in the three folders that the hack unpacked into.November 27, 2008 at 8:22 am #2347
Did you answer ‘yes’ each time the command ‘cp’ asked you for a confirmation?
If yes, I suspect that there is something wrong in the hack file that you have downloaded.
However there should be a file ‘postscript.sh’. If you don’t find it, it’s not normal.
After having uncompressed the hack file in the directory ‘install’ you should find the postscript.sh in that directory, and 3 subdirectories (hack, rpm, xfce4).
In the directory ‘hack’ you should find the files ‘statusbar.conf’, ‘applications.menu’, ‘locale’, ‘addtional.repo’, firefox-3.0.3.tar.bz2′, and the subdirectories ‘desktop’, ‘pixmaps’, ‘scripts’.
I have attached here a file ‘install.txt’. It’s a shell script which makes the same operations as postscript.sh, but which can be launched from your install directory.
Copy that file into your install directory.
Open the command line interface and go to that directory.
Enter the following command:
It will install everything, including firefox.
If you don’t want to have firefox in French, download the English version in the install/hack directory BEFORE launching install.txt 😉November 27, 2008 at 10:30 am #2348
Thanks, seemed to work this time!November 27, 2008 at 10:50 am #2349
I installed the French Firefox by mistake – no biggie as I can read French, but is there any easy way to replace it?
Also, I now have only around 400+MB left on the 2GB system partition. Will that still be enough to install all the options on the full MIDwiki writeup?
Cheers!November 27, 2008 at 11:53 am #2350
You can download firefox in English and install it with the same command ‘tar’. I think it will just overwrite the files of the French version. If it’s not the case, there should be an option of ‘tar’ to force the overwriting; and if not you can simply remove the directory firefox.
If you remove the directory you’ll have to install again the plugins for java and flash. Simply run again the two commands “ln -s …”: as these plugins are already present on the Aigo, it’s better than to download them again; if you install a new version of java it will take something like 140 MB…
Concerning the space available on the first partition: if you install Xfce and some useful apps described in midwiki, you’ll have +/- 300 MB free. After that, it depends on your needs…
I’ve installed some media players (XMMS, MPlayer, VLC), the GIMP (a free photoshop-like software), a photo viewer (GQview), and I have 100 MB free.
One more tip: the line of the menu beginning with some Chinese characters is NOT the launcher for EIOffice. It is the uninstaller! If you launch it by mistake, don’t click anywhere, except if you can read Chinese. I had to make a recovery because I couldn’t find another way to reinstall EIOffice, which isn’t a free software (I tried to install Open Office, but it’s too big).November 28, 2008 at 2:18 am #2351
One curious outcome, it looks like wifi is now not working. I have no idea why, but the connection manager does not pick up networks when it scans.
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