Many Ubuntu users who have upgraded to the new Edgy Eft have been complaining that LimeWire and its 100% free counterpart, FrostWire don’t work anymore. New Ubuntu users are also having problems getting the two P2P apps to run. Here’s how to.
If you’re an Ubuntu user, you’ve probably upgraded to the new version 6.10 (Edgy Eft). If you haven’t, I recommend you leave it that way for now, especially if less-experienced people other than yourself also use the computer it’s installed on. Edgy Eft is going through a teething period and users are reporting that not everything works as it’s supposed to. LimeWire is one of those things.
The first thing to do is make sure you have the latest version of Java installed. Open up Applications > Accessories > Terminal and type in the following.
If your version of Java is 1.5 or above, you’re good to go. If it’s an older one, you need to upgrade it. To update to the latest version enter the following in Terminal.
sudo apt-get install sun-java5-jre sun-java5-plugin
Next up is an important step to make if you want the current releases of LimeWire and ForstWire to work on Ubuntu 6.10. One of the changes in 6.10 is the switch to Dash as the default Command Line Interface. We are going to make Bash the default CLI. Paste the code below into Terminal. When you are prompted to install Dash, select “NO.”
sudo dpkg-reconfigure dash
Now, download either LimeWire (free version .rpm) or FrostWire (.deb).
The advantage with FrostWire is that an Ubuntu (Debian) installer package is available. Since LimeWire only comes as a .rpm file, you will need to open up System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager and make sure you have ‘alien’ installed. Alien converts packages designed for other Linux distributions so that they work on the distribution you are using, Ubuntu.
I tried out both, and in my case, FrostWire failed to connect to the Gnutella network. Others seem to be having no problem with it. If you have downloaded FrostWire, just double-click the .deb file and install it. It will now show up under Applications > Internet. If you have downloaded LimeWire, type the following into Terminal to convert the package from the .rpm it is to a .deb file.
alien -d limewire.rpm
Once it has been converted, double-click the new .deb file to install LimeWire. That’s it, you’re done. Enjoy sharing Creative Commons music ;-)
Here’s a good song to start with: Noite de Carnaval by Code (mp3).