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June 27, 2008

Ubuntu Packages

Thanks to Erik we now have packages for Electric Sheep and FLAM3. We have created a PPA (Personal Package Archive) on Launchpad. Once you configure your computer to include this PPA, you can install and update Electric Sheep automatically, like the rest of Ubuntu packages in the Synaptic Package Manager.

Just right click on the link to the script, and save it in your home directory. Then open up a terminal (under Applications/Accessories) and type the command "sudo" and press return, then type your root password. The script is very simple, it just adds our PPA to your sources.list, updates, and installs. It should automatically configure your screensaver, but you can also run it from the command line just by typing "electricsheep".

If you prefer to compile and install from source you can use another script, which should also be a guide to getting it to work with other Linux distros.

Once it's in, you can use "electricsheep-preferences" to configure it, including setting your nickname for credit on the server, and the video driver. If mplayer and your X server are properly configured then the default (blank) should work, but if not, anything you pass to "mplayer -vo" can be put here. Common values are "x11", "gl", and "xv".

Browse the new flock, in 800x600x160 mpeg4. It's at 1/10th quality until we have more users, then I'll crank it up.

Bug reports and compatibility issues most welcome, as well as success stories. Please comment below (or on the forum) if you try it and let us know what happens.

Thanks! Posted by spot at June 27, 2008 06:25 PM

The PPA is using a poor versioning scheme: 2.7b5-0ubuntu1~ppa26 currently. 2.7b5 > 2.7, thus upgrades from the beta to a final release will become impossible unless an epoch (n: prefix) is added, which should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. The correct equivalent would be 2.7~beta5. Posted by: i at June 29, 2008 08:28 AM
thanks, indeed looks like a problem. fortunately i think it just means we need to go straight to 2.7.1 instead of 2.7 when we leave beta. and next major release i'll use the tilde standard. Posted by: spot at June 30, 2008 01:18 PM
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