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Instructions for the steampunk orrery plasmoid widget for Linux Kubuntu PDF Print
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This is the Steampunk orrery plasmoid widget for Linux Kubuntu - it provides an orrery function via a truly steampunk interface. Select a date via the calendar ring and rotate to the date shown and it will allow you to view the planetary movements of the moon and the earth. You can use the ring to select the future or past and whilst you are doing so the orrery will allow you to reflect on the passage of time and the true nature of this force that controls our lives. Well, it might...

The calendar ring rotates by mouse control, the date displays according to ring position. The inner earth and moon rotate, the moon around the earth. The earth rotates around the central glow, roughly following the track of the window circular frame. calendar.png

The Steampunk orrery plasmoid widget requires the KDE desktop and the Marble Virtual Globe plugin is also required for the widget to function.

This widget works with Kubuntu Linux 13.04 with KDE4.x. It may not work with earlier versions on Kubuntu.

Installation:

If you are an experienced Kubuntu user then installation is fairly easy.

First of all, install the Marble Virtual Globe plugin (kdeedu-marble), open the software package manager and search for Marble. Download and install. To do this manually, open a console window and type the following commands as super user.

for Gentoo: emerge marble
for Arch Linux: pacman -S kdeedu-marble
for Kubuntu 13.04:
i.   sudo apt-get install marble marble-plugins
ii.  sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/qt4/imports/
iii. sudo ln -s /usr/lib/kde4/plugins/marble/15/org /usr/lib/qt4/imports/org

The first command installs the marble plugins, the second creates a folder in the right location so that QT will find the the marble plugin, the last command creates a link from the marble plugin location to the expected QT location.

When Marble is installed the next step is to install the steampunk widget itself. This can be done manually by typing the following in a console window:

plasmapkg -i 159345-timekeeper-0.3.1.plasmoid 

(timekeeper-0.3.1.plasmoid is the normal name of the plasmoid but depending upon where you download it from the name may be different)

Once this has been done the widget will appear in the plasmoid widget dock, you will need to drag it to the desktop in order to make the widget appear.

Doing the install via the desktop is a little more involved:

You have to open the plasma desktop, click on "create a new widget", open the widget library, select and then install the Steampunk timekeeper widget. Once done, you have to find the widget in the dock by dragging the slide bar and viewing the installed widgets until you find the steampunk widget, then you simply drag the widget to a location on the desktop. If all the dependancies have been carried out then it will be running successfully on your desktop.

steampunk-plasmoid.jpgThe widget is similar to the other orrery widgets (Yahoo Widget, Xwidget and Rainmeter versions) but this widget has extra functionality, namely the ability to call the planetary functions of the Marble Virtual Globe plugin to show the phases of the moon and the earth. The image here shows the functionality of the widget in more detail.

The widget looks its best when associated with a good steampunk wallpaper and a steampunk theme. There are plenty of steampunk themes for KDE - take your pick. The one I have chosen it just one from the standard theme list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 plasmoid-help1.png volume-help2.png
Shows the widget displaying the enlarged earth.
Clicking on and dragging the earth will rotate the
globe.
 Shows the widget displaying the enlarged moon.
Clicking on and dragging the moon will rotate the
globe and show the phases of the moon.

The image below shows the steampunk widget in such a setting, using one of my backdrop wallpapers.

linux-plasmoid-desktop-600.jpg

 

The video below shows the widget running on a Kubuntu 13.04 desktop with the Marble Virtual Globe plugin installed. The music is a short excerpt from a piece of music associated with the Iron Sky movie.

The original widget was designed and created by myself and coded by Harry whitfield, the linux plasmoid version has extended functionality provided by a coder by the name of niceway.

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Rob wrote on January 03, 2015
 
Title: Static on ARM
I can't do it this week (probably this month), because I'm building my system. But I'm building a Banana Pi Bananian box (Raspberry Pi upscale) ARM system into a old Art Deco 1950s radio casing. But, where the FM tuner window was, I'm hoping to put a 4" LCD. Once I get the hardware built, this would be the IDEAL one and only thing showing on a 4" LCD touch screen.

So, I get that it's KDE QT4, but I'm probably going to work on an ARM static compile that includes un-needed bloat and libraries if I can trim them out, because this will be a wicked cool raspberry pi / bannna pi interface for retro-fitted Art Deco radio/tv fun. Then maybe when I get that far, I'll consider hacking it to do music streaming and NAS functions... like the little sexy box might be suited for. It's going to take me months. Just wish this was ported out to just a X app, not reliant on KDE or GTK or any full desktop, because it's a cool look for ARM based (raspberry pi) interfaces stuffed in classic looking boxes.

If you have suggestions, shout them out! If not, totally get that! You coded an awesome widget, and if I can get the code, after I'm done with my hardware build, I'll try to help port it out of pure KDE (assuming it is, not played with code at all yet).
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