Installing the Newton Ubuntu Package
There is a deb file available for download at the SourceForge
page for Newton. Download that file, then run
sudo dpkg -i [DEBFILE]
substituting the filename in for [DEBFILE].
Assuming all dependancies have been met, it will install just fine. If
you get errors, read them carefully as they give clues as to what
dependancy you need to install. If you need further help, send an
email to the mailing
Installing Newton on Debian Sid
Carlos Liu is maintaining a package for Debian Sid which is
available from the following sources. You can add these
lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list file to make it available to
deb http://apt.debian.org.tw unstable main/newton
deb-src http://apt.debian.org.tw unstable main/newton
Installing the Bazaar Development Code
There is a public Bazaar repository at LaunchPad
where you can use the
latest development code if you want to test, or just want the
latest features. Caution should be used when using this code since
it should be thought of as unstable, however I do my best to keep
it relatively safe. Please backup your data often to ensure you
don't lose anything. To backup your Newton data, run
tar cvzf ~/newton-data.tar.gz ~/.newton/data/
This will create a tarball called newton-data.tar.gz in your $HOME
directory. To restore this data, type
tar xvzf ~/newton-data.tar.gz
Note that this will overwrite your current data with that which
was backed up.
Install BazaarTo use the Bazaar code, you will obviously need Bazaar installed. To do this in Ubuntu type
sudo apt-get install bzr
Getting the Code from LaunchpadGet the code from the Bazaar repository by typing
bzr co lp:newtonThis will put the source code in a new directory located in your current directory called "newton".
Installing the Bazaar CodeTo install the latest bzr code, simply enter the root directory of the source tree and enter the following:
./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr sudo make installThe very latest development version of Newton is now installed. To update, since this code changes from time to time, type the following in the root source directory
bzr updateThis will update your source to the most recent in the repository. If there are any changes, you will need to rerun the installation commands above to have your installation reflect them.
Installing the Source Tarball
These steps can be taken to install the Newton tarball onto an Ubuntu system. Make adjustmets as necessary for your distrobution. Probably the only differences will be in the dependancy package names and the method used to install them.
Known Deps for Building the Newton Tarball
If you use Ubuntu, the following command will install all known dependancies:
sudo apt-get install python-gnome2 python-gnome2-dev python-gnome2-extras python-gnome2-extras-dev python-gtk2 python-gtk2-dev libgtk2.0-dev libgconf2-dev gnome-common libxml-parser-perl autoconf automake1.7
Running the following set of commands on an Ubuntu install with all dependancies met will install the tarball.
These instructions assume you are in the directory where you want the Newton source to be located. NOTE: replace [VERSION] with the version of the tarball that you have.
tar xvzf newton-[VERSION].tar.gz cd newton-[VERSION]/ ./configure --prefix=/usr make sudo make install
Now you should be able to right-click the panel that you want to add the applet to, choose "Add to Panel", and pick "Newton Personal Wiki" from the given list of applets.
I get an error that says: "SystemError: NULL result without error in PyObject_Call".
This error is currently under investigation. The current suspect is the gtkspell module in python-gnome-extras-2.10 (python-gnome2-extras-2.10 in Debian/Ubuntu speak). I am currently using version 2.11 of the module and the error does not occur. If upgrading is possible (or worth it ;P), please do so. The latest version of the module as of this writing is 2.11.2. I will update this post as the source of the problem is uncovered.
UPDATE: I think this is fixed in the latest versions of Newton.
I get an error that says: "RuntimeError: Error setting language".
It appears that the way I've attempted to determine your locale in version 0.0.8 of Newton is not foolproof.
UPDATE:I think this is fixed in the latest versions of Newton.
I get a window that says "The panel encountered a problem
while loading "OAFIID:GNOME_NewtonApplet".
This could mean pretty much anything. It appears to be a generic catchall error for panel applets. The best thing to do is run Newton using this command at the terminal:
newton test. This will run the program with the applet in a tiny window of its own instead of on the panel. Any runtime errors will appear in the terminal that you ran the program from. This error is invaluable to me as it will help me fix the bug. Please create a new ticket at the Newton Trac page here and attach that output, or send an email to the mailing list.
After I install, the applet does not appear in the "Add to Panel" list.
There are several reasons for this..
Please be sure that you specified the install prefix when you ran the configure script. This is done by running the configure script like this
./configure --prefix=/usr. If you didn't specify, then the program installed to the
/usr/localprefix and GNOME cannot find the files required to make the applet appear in the list. The solution is to run
make uninstallin the root source directory to clean up the current install, then reinstall using the proper prefix.
You may need to restart gnome-panel in order to make the applet appear. I'm not exactly sure whether this is a common issue or if I need to explicitly "register" with bonobo somehow to make it appear immediately. For now, restarting the panel works by typing this:
I get the message "ImportError: libgtkembedmoz.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"
You don't have Mozilla installed. Newton uses an embedded Mozilla (Gecko) widget to render the HTML content. The engine comes with the Mozilla browser. I have the libgtkembedmoz.so file two times (once with the mozilla-browser package and once with the mozilla-firefox package) located in
/usr/lib/mozilla-firefox. As of now, I'm not exactly sure which one is being used by Newton, or whether it even matters.