Moblin Project generator

The Moblin netbook OS v2.0 beta has just been released!
The simplicity and speed of it is overwhelming on my Samsung n310 netbook.
Check it out yourself at:

I took a look at their project generator for developing software for the OS and wrote an Ubuntu 9.04 installation guide:

“I took much of my information from their page, but since their Ubuntu guide doesn’t work for 9.04, I rewrote it.” visit here

1. Install Git

$ sudo apt-get install git-core

2. Install dependencies

$ apt-get install libmagic-dev libglade2-dev libglib2.0-dev libgconf2-dev libxml2-dev

$ sudo apt-get install gtk-doc-tools libtool (those lines were missing in the original tutorial)

3. Download the source-code

$ git clone git://

4. Build, Install & Run

$ cd projgen

$ ./

$ make

$ sudo make install

$ projgen

Now if you get a shared library error, follow these steps:

$ sudo gedit /etc/

and make sure these lines are in there and or add them: include /usr/local/lib

and now run $ projgen and it should launch.


May 21, 2009 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

Usability in names

When you take a close look at some Apple products, you’ll notice that they normally don’t use cryptic names for their products. For example: Macbook, iPod, iLife. Their product names are made out of real words.

When we look at some other products, like my recently purchased Samsung N310 0r the Nokia N72 mobile phone, it will become clear that Apple names are much more recognizable for people.

Conclusion: product names which are made out of real words, make life easier!

May 11, 2009 at 7:55 pm Leave a comment

Samsung N310 Ubuntu

A new post after a looooong time…

I replaced my Acer Aspire One netbook for the Samsung N310. It has a 10inch screen, Atom inside, 1GB of Ram, 160GBs of space and a nice keyboard. Almost everything works on it after installing Ubuntu 9.04. The only thing that doesn’t work is the brightness control with the ‘Fn’ keys (the power manager works though).So if your looking for a Ubuntu ready netbook, buy this one!


May 11, 2009 at 7:46 pm 11 comments

Ubuntu 8.04.1 on my Aspire One

I’ve been a bit unhappy with my pre-installed linpus linux, so I decided to install Ubuntu on my Aspire One. Ubuntu is one of the best GNU/Linux distributions out there with a great community.

Firstly I tried to boot the Ubuntu 8.04 liveCD, but it it didn’t work for me. After some reading in the Aspireoneuser forum, I discovered that some people had the same problems and tried Ubuntu 8.04.1 which works. (so remember: never download the x.x version but the x.x.1 one :D)

All the installing went fine and I followed this tutorial to install some hardware and configure the SSD:


There are some good things about installing Ubuntu:

  • You can now write and read Windows partitions
  • You can access Windows networks
  • More installable packages (like conky for example)
  • Up to Date packages (OpenOffice, FF3, 3D drivers)
  • Login security

And of course the bad things:

  • Crappy flash framerates and no sound
  • All the hardware installing
  • SSD performs slower (I have the Intel SSD)
  • Startup times slower

August 23, 2008 at 9:41 am 6 comments

Aspire One – Conky

To start Conky on your Aspire One, you first need to disable the Acer desktop:

(or follow this tutorial to shut your Acer desktop permanent off: here , but I do not recommend using it because there are some problems with it)

kill the process xfdesktop2 (Ctrl+Alt+Del)

Then open your terminal and type:


Your xfce desktop will now appear on your screen with some icons. Now start up:

System -> Add/Remove Software (in advanced menu)
Search for “conky” and install the fedora 8 package.

Now you need to place your .conkyrc configuration file in your homefolder called:


Then open your terminal and type:


Conky should now run.

NOTE: After reboot everything will be resetted

(I still need to figure out how to start conky from script)

August 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm 1 comment

Acer Aspire One, the beginning…

The next 4 years of my life I need to travel 100km a day per train from Amsterdam to Almere for my study. The Aspire One is a great netbook for traveling, so I bought this machine last Saturday. It cost me 299 euros and it came without it’s bag :(.

The Acer Aspire One A110 comes with Linpus pre-installed. Linpus is a Linux distribution based on Fedora.

Here are some pictures and screen shots:

(I ran: Pygame, pyGTK and Python in the last 3 screenshots)

August 5, 2008 at 1:55 pm 7 comments

Math-XO update #3

I continued working on math-xo the last two days and I made some big changes. I resized the resolution up to 1200×900 (the XO-1 screen res), I doubled the size of the buttons, I added a menu bar and I added subtraction, multiplication and addition buttons. The whole thing is now running on the XO-1.

The only thing I still have to do is making a math-xo.xo package…

 <0.2> 1-07-2008


July 2, 2008 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

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