It's been longer than anticipated finishing off installing the core software; and it's all Gizmo's fault..


There I was, quietly sat going through some terminal commands thinking I was nearly done when the the output of the last command listed out into the terminal:



Architecture:      i686
CPU op-mode(s):    32-bit, 64-bit
Byte Order:        Little Endian
CPU(s):            2

On-line CPU(s) list:   0,1

Thread(s) per core: 1
Core(s) per socket: 2
Socket(s):         1
Vendor ID:         AuthenticAMD
CPU family:        22
Model:             0
Model name:        AMD GX-210HA SOC with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics
Stepping:          1
CPU MHz:           800.000
CPU max MHz:       1000.0000
CPU min MHz:       800.0000
BogoMIPS:          1996.53
Virtualisation:    AMD-V
L1d cache:         32K
L1i cache:         32K
L2 cache:          1024K

And from that minute on, I knew I had to start the install all over again..


You see, that second line down might look innocent "CPU op-mode(s):  32-bit, 64-bit". But when I'd already been questioning the wisdom of installing a 32-bit operating system a few days before, I took this as a sign from Gizmo that I really needed to utilise his full potential with a 64bit system..


SOOoooo.....  Here's a short version of how it went..


Install Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr 64-bit *I went with Trusty this time since it's a LTS distribution which is usually a lot more stable and is supported for longer. There were occasional issues which needed workarounds with the other version that should happen with LTS releases.


recompile and install Catalyst fire drivers for Ubuntu amd64 (see attachments at the bottom).


install miscellaneous utilities.

install gnome-session-fallback * I went with the traditional Gnome classic desktop this time, It's a bit lighter weight in both hard drive real estate and also memory usage.

install cairo dock * I really like cairo dock, but unless I'm doing a lot, it's not really necessary, so rather than adding it as a startup program in gnome, I just made a small script that I can have on my desktop that opens it when I want. (Even though Ubuntu trusty still has support for gnome-session-properties to make it easier than before to add startup programs).


Do some quick housekeeping:

sudo chmod a-x /usr/share/oneconf/oneconf-service

sudo chmod a-x /usr/share/oneconf/oneconf-query

sudo chmod a-x /usr/share/oneconf/oneconf-update

sudo apt-get purge libedata-cal-1.2-23


Install Gamepad drivers, Screen recorder, deadbeef music player and appgrid.


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder

sudo apt-get install joystick

sudo apt-get install jstest-gtk

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:starws-box/deadbeef-player

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install deadbeef

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:appgrid/stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install appgrid


Run jstest-gtk to make sure gamepads are registering.

Open appgrid and install vlc media player from there.


Paste into firefox and choose to open with appgrid. Then choose install.


do another package update (sudo apt-get update) This will download the playdeb repository into the package manager.


open firefox and goto to find and install native linux games. Under the game screenshot, choose to install now then choose appgrid from the dialog.


There's also some native linux games on appgrid to choose from too.


I installed Warsow from playdeb, I know this game has graphics options that can be relatively challenging so was chomping at the bit to put Gizmo 2 to the test!


Sorry, This is a pretty Boring update so far and I'm going to cut this one right here and go robot blasting for a bit!!


There are more updates due in the next day or two, specifically how to run graphical programs with a desktop, installing and using FS-UAE amiga emulator, and installing MAME. Each of these are deserved of their own posts.


Now the core software is done, Focus is going into the case design. There should be some concept sketches posted soonish