April 2009

Tweetdeck on Linux

Tweetdeck is a Twitter client developed with Adobe Air. Air isn’t in the standard repositories for Fedora 9 or Ubuntu 8.10. I found instructions for installing it. These worked fine in Ubuntu (with newer paths). But Fedora 9 didn’t work:

  • Get the AIR installer
  • Become root or sudo the following
  • chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  • ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

The installer complained that either gnome-keyring or kwallet must be installed. I already have gnome-keyring installed. gnome-keyring-daemon is running.
Tried instructions from http://blogs.adobe.com/ashutosh/2008/09/adobe_air_for_linux_beta_is_ou_1.html
default keyring wasn’t already there. created it.
killed and restarted daemon and export env vars.
Still no joy.

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Camcorder Capture in Fedora 9

It’s been a few years since I captured video from my camcorder. Since then, there have been multiple OS upgrades and a hardware change. Of course, it didn’t work anymore. I installed kino, dvgrab and transcode. Kino couldn’t find the device. The FAQs on the net seem be pretty old. The system log /var/log/messages shows the computer sees the camera when it’s connected via FireWire, but running dvgrab returned Error: no camera exists. I tried it as root and it worked. So did Kino. I found a bug report about permissions of /dev/fw1. Oh, Kino says “WARNING: raw1394 kernel module not loaded or failure to read/write /dev/raw1394!”. That could be a clue. ;-) /dev/raw1394 is writeable by root or the group disk. I added myself to that group. Still no joy. It’s now almost time to put the kids to bed, so I’m gonna punt and capture as root. (Don’t tell anyone.)

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