Howto install Google Gadgets in ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)

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Google Gadgets for Linux provides a platform for running desktop gadgets under Linux, catering to the unique needs of Linux users. We are compatible with the gadgets written for Google Desktop for Windows as well as the Universal Gadgets on iGoogle. Following Linux norms, this project will be open-sourced, under the Apache License.


The Windows and Mac versions of Google Desktop has provided gadget hosting functionality on Windows and Mac for a while now and the Linux version of Google Gadgets will extend this platform to Linux users. By enabling cross-platform gadgets, a large library of existing gadgets are immediately available to Linux users. In addition, gadget developers will benefit from a much larger potential user base without having to learn a new API.

There’s two main components to the application: one is a common gadget library responsible for running and presenting a gadget, and the other is a host program that allows the user to choose gadgets and run them on the desktop. Currently we have hosts written for GTK+ and QT, with the GTK+ host offering a sidebar similiar to that of Google Desktop for Windows.

Install Google Gadgets in ubuntu 8.10

First you need to download .deb package from here

Install .deb package using the following command

sudo dpkg -i google-gadgets_0.10.3-0~getdeb1_i386.deb

This will complete the installation.

Now press Alt+F2, and type "ggl-gtk" to start them. You should see a small icon show up in your system tray, and a sidebar. Right click on any of them and select ‘Add Gadgets' to show a menu.

Optional

Autostart

If you'd like to have Google Gadgets start automatically, go to System -- Preferences -- Session, click ‘Add', paste ‘Google Gadgets' for the name and ‘ggl-gtk' for the command. Click OK and Close, and you're good to go.

Add Google Gadgets in Sidebar

If you want to add Google Gadgets in your side bar follow this procedure

Press Alt+F2, and type ggl-gtk -s -bg click on Run to start Google Gadgets

No Sidebar

If you don't like the sidebar, then you can start Google Gadgets without it by doing "ggl-gtk -ns".

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7 thoughts on “Howto install Google Gadgets in ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)

  1. Everything works when I run the installer, but when I try to actually run the app, I get the following alert box and then it dies:

    LOAD_EXTENSIONS_FAIL

    xml-http-request

    I’d love to get this working, as I’m interested in making my own Gadget for distribution. Any help forthcoming would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. anyone knows what is wrong?

    —–@ubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg -i google-gadgets_0.10.3-0~getdeb1_i386.deb
    Seleccionando el paquete google-gadgets previamente no seleccionado.
    (Leyendo la base de datos …
    142875 ficheros y directorios instalados actualmente.)
    Desempaquetando google-gadgets (de google-gadgets_0.10.3-0~getdeb1_i386.deb) …
    dpkg: problemas de dependencias impiden la configuración de google-gadgets:
    google-gadgets depende de libmozjs0d (>= 1.8.1.5); sin embargo:
    El paquete `libmozjs0d’ no está instalado.
    google-gadgets depende de libxul0d (>= 1.8.1.4); sin embargo:
    El paquete `libxul0d’ no está instalado.
    dpkg: error al procesar google-gadgets (–install):
    problemas de dependencias – se deja sin configurar
    Se encontraron errores al procesar:
    google-gadgets

    Thanks!

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  3. Got Gadget installer OK in Ubuntu 8.10. When I tried to install Shutter throud GDeb installer I got-Error: Dependency not satisfiable:libgoo-canvas-perl. Any ideas? thx

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  4. Ubuntu is available for download free of charge but I think if you have limited bandwidth then there is a slight problem downloading it, and better yet try to install it using from cd copy.

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