Sunday, February 8, 2015

Installing Geany on Mint 17

I installed Geany on Mint 17. Geany is a small text-editor/IDE.



  1. Open Synaptic Package Manager
  2. Search for "geany" and install it


 $ geany

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Installing Ruby on Mint 17, Using Ruby-install

I installed Ruby (2.1.3 and 2.2.0), using ruby-install on my Mint 17.

1. Resources

2. Installation of ruby-install

$ wget -O ruby-install-0.5.0.tar.gz
$ tar -xzvf ruby-install-0.5.0.tar.gz
$ cd ruby-install-0.5.0/
$ sudo make install

3. Testing ruby-install

$ ruby-install --version
ruby-install: 0.5.0

$ ruby-install  # display supported rubies
Latest ruby versions:

$ ruby-install --help
usage: ruby-install [OPTIONS] [RUBY [VERSION] [-- CONFIGURE_OPTS ...]]

 -r, --rubies-dir DIR Directory that contains other installed Rubies
 -i, --install-dir DIR Directory to install Ruby into
     --prefix DIR        Alias for -i DIR
     --system  Alias for -i /usr/local
 -s, --src-dir DIR Directory to download source-code into
 -c, --cleanup  Remove archive and unpacked source-code after installation
 -j, --jobs JOBS  Number of jobs to run in parallel when compiling
 -p, --patch FILE Patch to apply to the Ruby source-code
 -M, --mirror URL Alternate mirror to download the Ruby archive from
 -u, --url URL  Alternate URL to download the Ruby archive from
 -m, --md5 MD5  MD5 checksum of the Ruby archive
     --sha1 SHA1  SHA1 checksum of the Ruby archive
     --sha256 SHA256 SHA256 checksum of the Ruby archive
     --sha512 SHA512 SHA512 checksum of the Ruby archive
 --no-download  Use the previously downloaded Ruby archive
 --no-verify  Do not verify the downloaded Ruby archive
 --no-extract  Do not re-extract the downloaded Ruby archive
 --no-install-deps Do not install build dependencies before installing Ruby
 --no-reinstall   Skip installation if another Ruby is detected in same location
 -V, --version  Prints the version
 -h, --help  Prints this message

 $ ruby-install ruby
 $ ruby-install ruby 2.0
 $ ruby-install ruby 2.0.0-p0
 $ ruby-install ruby -- --with-openssl-dir=...
 $ ruby-install -M ruby
 $ ruby-install -M ruby
 $ ruby-install -p ruby 1.9.3

4. Install Latest Stable version of Ruby, using ruby-install

$ ruby-install ruby
>>> Installing ruby 2.1.3 into /home/(user)/.rubies/ruby-2.1.3 ...
>>> Installing dependencies for ruby 2.1.3 ...
>>> Successfully installed ruby 2.1.3 into /home/socrateos/.rubies/ruby-2.1.3
$ cd ~/.rubies/ruby-2.1.3/bin
$ ./ruby --version
ruby 2.1.3p242 (2014-09-19 revision 47630) [x86_64-linux] 

5. Install Latest version of Ruby (2.2.0), using ruby-install

$ ruby-install ruby 2.2.0
>>> Installing ruby 2.2.0 into /home/socrateos/.rubies/ruby-2.2.0 ...
>>> Installing dependencies for ruby 2.2.0 ...
>>> Successfully installed ruby 2.2.0 into /home/socrateos/.rubies/ruby-2.2.0
$ cd ~/.rubies/ruby-2.2.0/bin
$ ./ruby --version
ruby 2.2.0p0 (2014-12-25 revision 49005) [x86_64-linux]

5. Change PATH environment variable

$ gedit ~/.profile
export PATH="$PATH:$HOME/.rubies/ruby-2.2.0/bin/"

Relogin and check.

$ ruby --version
ruby 2.2.0p0 (2014-12-25 revision 49005) [x86_64-linux]
$ irb
irb(main):001:0> RUBY_VERSION
=> "2.2.0"

Installing Amazon Kindle Reader on Mint 17

1. Resources

2. Preparation

Since there is no native Kindle application for Linux, you have to install Wine/PlayOnLinux first. See my installation notes: Installing PlayOnLinux on Mint 17

3. Install Amazon Kindle Reader for PC

Download installer file:

$ cd ~/Downloads
$ wget

Open PlayOnLinux and Click "+ Install" button.

Wait for some updates. It took for several minutes for me. It will open a "Wizard" screen to lead the installation step by step.

First, search for "Amaz". When found, select "Amazon Kindle" from the list box and click "Install" button.

Next, select "Use a set-up file on my computer" in the list and click "Next" button.

When prompted, select the installer file (KindleForPC-installer.exe) you downloaded earlier. Then click "Next" button.

When the installation is complete, it will open a familiar Kindle screen.

4. Run Amazon Kindle Reader

Launch "PlayOnLinux". Select "Amazon Kindle" from the list and click "Run". It will open Kindle reader.

5. Notes

  • When I clicked "+ Install" button for the first time, it did a lengthy update, including (looks like) re-installing of Wine 1.6.2. before the Wizard window appeared on screen.
  • Installer wizard does not close until you quit the Kindle Application it opened at the end of installation process.