Installing Guacamole on Raspberry Pi

Guacamole is a clientless remote desktop gateway. After successful implementation of this system on some PCs, now I want to use this on a Raspberry Pi 3 B+. Following is how I do the installation on Raspbian system.

OS Version: Raspbian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch)
  1. Upgrade the system:
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
  1. Install the required dependencies:
$ sudo apt-get install libcairo2-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libjpeg62-turbo-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libpng12-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libossp-uuid-dev
  1. Install the optional packages:
$ sudo apt-get install libavcodec-dev libavutil-dev libswscale-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libpango1.0-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libssh2-1-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libtelnet-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libvncserver-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libpulse-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libssl-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libvorbis-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libwebp-dev
  1. Download Guacamole Server and Client packages:
$ wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/guacamole/files/current/source/guacamole-server-0.9.14.tar.gz
$ wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/guacamole/files/current/source/guacamole-client-0.9.14.tar.gz
  1. Build and install the server:
$ tar xzf guacamole-server-0.9.14.tar.gz
$ cd guacamole-server-0.9.14
$ ./configure --with-init-dir=/etc/init.d
$ make
$ sudo make install
$ sudo update-rc.d guacd defaults
$ sudo ldconfig
  1. Build the client:
$ sudo apt-get install maven
$ tar xzf guacamole-client-0.9.14.tar.gz
$ cd guacamole-client-0.9.14
$ mvn package
  1. Install jetty9 servlet container:
$ sudo apt-get install jetty9
  1. Deploy Guacamole:
$ sudo cp guacamole/target/guacamole-0.9.14.war /var/lib/jetty9/webapps/guacamole.war
$ sudo mkdir -p /etc/guacamole/extensions
$ sudo cp extensions/guacamole-auth-noauth/target/guacamole-auth-noauth-0.9.14.jar /etc/guacamole/extensions/.
  1. Copy following text and save it as “/etc/guacamole/guacamole.properties”
#    Guacamole - Clientless Remote Desktop
#    Copyright (C) 2010  Michael Jumper
#
#    This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
#    it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by
#    the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
#    (at your option) any later version.
#
#    This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
#    but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
#    MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
#    GNU Affero General Public License for more details.
#
#    You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License
#    along with this program.  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

# Hostname and port of guacamole proxy
guacd-hostname: localhost
guacd-port:     4822

# Auth provider class (authenticates user/pass combination, needed if using the provided login screen)
auth-provider: net.sourceforge.guacamole.net.basic.BasicFileAuthenticationProvider
basic-user-mapping: /etc/guacamole/user-mapping.xml

# NoAuth properties
noauth-config: /etc/guacamole/noauth-config.xml
  1. Copy following text and save it as “/etc/guacamole/noauth-config.xml”
<configs>
    <config name="pi" protocol="vnc">
        <param name="hostname" value="localhost" />
        <param name="port" value="5900" />
    </config>
</configs>
  1. Copy following text and save it as “/etc/guacamole/user-mapping.xml”. The password is “raspberry”.
<user-mapping>
    <authorize 
    username="pi"
    password="b89749505e144b564adfe3ea8fc394aa"
    encoding="md5">
        <connection name="pi">
        <protocol>vnc</protocol>
        <param name="hostname">localhost</param>
        <param name="port">5900</param>
        <param name="swap-red-blue">false</param>
        <param name="enable-audio">true</param>
        </connection>
    </authorize>
</user-mapping>
  1. Install x11vnc VNC-Server:
$ sudo apt-get install x11vnc
  1. Copy following text and save it as “~/.config/autostart/x11vnc.desktop”
[Desktop Entry]
Name=X11 VNC
Comment=Remotedesktop Server
Exec=x11vnc -forever -nopw -rfbport 5900 -display :0
Terminal=false
Type=Application
X-MATE-Autostart-enabled=true
Comment[de_DE]=Remotedesktop Server
  1. Restart Raspberry Pi:
$ sudo reboot

At this point guacamole should be automatically started at system boot. You can try to open it from a web-browser, the address is “<ip-address>:<port>/guacamole”. On my network it looks like this “192.168.178.100:8080/guacamole”.

In case you use headless system (Raspberry Pi without display attached) and you have poor display resolution, you can set the parameters in “/boot/config.txt” from this:

#framebuffer_width=1280
#framebuffer_height=720

#hdmi_force_hotplug=1

to this (for full HD resolution):

framebuffer_width=1920
framebuffer_height=1080

hdmi_force_hotplug=1

Restart the system and that’s it. Have fun!

HHO Cell – New Design

UPDATE: This project is now active for 6 days (until 8th of May 2018) on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/335524972/hydrogen-generator

I have been researching HHO technology in my spare time for about ten years now. Many different cells have been built, many different driving techniques have been tried (DC, AC, Pulsed and Resonant). Now I have some experience in this field.

My current cell

My current cell can produce around 10 LPM with input power around 3000 Watts. This cell is driven using rectified 230V AC.

Gas production

To improve the gas production, now I come up with this new design. My target is to build a HHO cell that can run a 1.6 liter car engine. The gas production should be at least 30 liter/minute.

New cell specification:

  • 320 neutral plates (material 1.4571/316Ti, thickness 1.5 mm)
  • 2 terminal plates (material 1.4571/316Ti, thickness 3.0 mm)
  • 6 gas output outlets (12 mm pneumatic hose)
  • 2 water inlets (12 mm pneumatic hose)
  • Manometer (4 Bar)
  • Pressure switch (adjustable, to avoid over pressure)

Following are the complete technical drawings of my new design (all measurements are in millimeter).

Neutral plate (320 pcs.)

Terminal plate (2 pcs.)

End plate POM-C (2 pcs.)

Gasket EPDM between metal plates (thickness 1 mm, 321 pcs.)

Gasket EPDM for end plates (thickness 1 mm, 2 pcs.)

The complete cell should look like this

I hope that I can build this cell as soon as possible.

Arduino Code for my Gyrocar Toy

After so many requests of my code of my Gyrocar Toy on my YouTube channel. I decided to post my code here. This code is very primitive as I want to keep everything as simple as possible. Here is the complete code:

#include <Servo.h>

Servo myservo;
int potPin = 2; // select the input pin for the potentiometer
int val = 86;   // variable to store the value coming from the sensor
int outval = 86;
boolean pushedfront = false;
boolean pushedrear = false;
int lastval = 86;

void setup() {
 myservo.attach(9);
}

void loop() {
 val = analogRead(potPin); // read the value from the sensor
 val = map(val, 0, 1023, -80, 279);

 outval = val;
 if(val<70&&val>35)
 outval-=4;
 else if(val>120)
 outval+=3;

 if(val>136){
 outval=136;
 }
 else if(val<26){
 outval=26;
 }
 myservo.write(outval);

 if(outval>110 && pushedfront==false){
 myservo.write(140);
 delay(200);
 pushedfront=true;
 }
 else if(outval<70 && pushedrear==false){
 myservo.write(35);
 delay(200);
 pushedrear=true;
 }

 if(outval+lastval>=220){
 pushedrear=false;
 }
 else if(outval==50){
 pushedfront=false;
 }

 lastval=outval;
}

Please note that this toy is not yet finished. So maybe I have to make change of this code some time in the future.

LinuxMint LMDE2 64bit update kernel 4.8.8

Here is a very easy way to update kernel for LinuxMint 64 bit. I found the instruction here: https://mintguide.org/system/639-install-linux-kernel-4-7-stable-on-linux-mint.html
Basically what I did was following:

      1. Download linux-image and linux-headers:
$ mkdir temp
$ cd temp
$ wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.8.8/linux-headers-4.8.8-040808_4.8.8-040808.201611150231_all.deb
$ wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.8.8/linux-headers-4.8.8-040808-generic_4.8.8-040808.201611150231_amd64.deb
$ wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.8.8/linux-image-4.8.8-040808-generic_4.8.8-040808.201611150231_amd64.deb
      2. Install all .deb files:
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
      3. Update GRUB:
$ sudo update-grub
      4. Reboot:
$ sudo reboot
      5. Check the kernel version:
$ uname -r
    That’s it!

Install Guacamole 0.9.9 on LMDE 2 MATE

Guacamole is a clientless Remote Desktop gateway. With this tool we can connect to a remote desktop using any modern webbrowser. Here is how I install the latest version (0.9.9) on an LMDE 2 MATE System.

1. Install dependencies:

$ sudo apt-get install libcairo2-dev libjpeg62-turbo-dev libpng12-dev libossp-uuid-dev libfreerdp-dev libpango1.0-dev libssh2-1-dev libtelnet-dev libvncserver-dev libpulse-dev libssl-dev libvorbis-dev libwebp-dev

2. Download source code:

$ wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/guacamole/files/current/source/guacamole-server-0.9.9.tar.gz

3. Extract file and change directory:

$ tar -xzf guacamole-server-0.9.9.tar.gz
$ cd guacamole-server-0.9.9/

4. Configure:

$ ./configure --with-init-dir=/etc/init.d
checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... /bin/mkdir -p
checking for gawk... gawk
...

------------------------------------------------
guacamole-server version 0.9.9
------------------------------------------------

 Library status:

 freerdp ............. yes
 pango ............... yes
 libssh2 ............. yes
 libssl .............. yes
 libtelnet ........... yes
 libVNCServer ........ yes
 libvorbis ........... yes
 libpulse ............ yes
 libwebp ............. yes

 Protocol support:

 RDP ....... yes
 SSH ....... yes
 Telnet .... yes
 VNC ....... yes

 Init scripts: /etc/init.d

Type "make" to compile guacamole-server.

5. Make:

$ make
make all-recursive
make[1]: Entering directory '/home/user/guacamole/guacamole-server-0.9.9'
Making all in src/libguac
make[2]: Entering directory '/home/user/guacamole/guacamole-server-0.9.9/src/libguac'
 CC libguac_la-audio.lo
...

 CCLD libguac-client-vnc.la
make[2]: Leaving directory '/home/user/guacamole/guacamole-server-0.9.9/src/protocols/vnc'
make[2]: Entering directory '/home/user/guacamole/guacamole-server-0.9.9'
make[2]: Leaving directory '/home/user/guacamole/guacamole-server-0.9.9'
make[1]: Leaving directory '/home/user/guacamole/guacamole-server-0.9.9'

6. Create needed directories:

$ sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/share/man
$ sudo mkdir /etc/guacamole

7. Install guacamole-server using checkinstall:

$ sudo apt-get install checkinstall
$ sudo checkinstall

checkinstall 1.6.2, Copyright 2009 Felipe Eduardo Sanchez Diaz Duran
  Diese Software wurde unter der GNU GPL veröffentlicht


The package documentation directory ./doc-pak does not exist. 
Should I create a default set of package docs? [y]: 

Bereite Paket-Dokumentation vor...OK

Bitte geben Sie eine Beschreibung für das Paket ein.
Beenden Sie Ihre Beschreibung mit einer leeren Zeile oder EOF.
>> 

*****************************************
**** Debian package creation selected ***
*****************************************

Das Paket wird entsprechend dieser Vorgaben erstellt:

0 - Maintainer: [ root@lpmbox ]
1 - Summary: [ Package created with checkinstall 1.6.2 ]
2 - Name: [ guacamole-server ]
3 - Version: [ 0.9.9 ]
4 - Release: [ 1 ]
5 - License: [ GPL ]
6 - Group: [ checkinstall ]
7 - Architecture: [ amd64 ]
8 - Source location: [ guacamole-server-0.9.9 ]
9 - Alternate source location: [ ]
10 - Requires: [ ]
11 - Provides: [ guacamole-server ]
12 - Conflicts: [ ]
13 - Replaces: [ ]

Geben Sie die betreffende Nummer ein, um die Vorgaben zu ändern: 

Installing with make install...
...

====================== Installation erfolgreich ==========================

Copying documentation directory...
./
./doc/
./doc/Doxyfile
./ChangeLog
./LICENSE
./README
./AUTHORS

Kopiere Dateien in das temporäre Verzeichnis...OK

Stripping ELF binaries and libraries...OK

Komprimiere man-Seiten...OK

Erzeuge Datei-Liste...OK

Erstelle Debian-Paket...OK

Installiere Debian-Paket...OK

Lösche temporäre Dateien...OK

Schreibe Sicherungs-Paket...OK
OK

Lösche temporäres Verzeichnis...OK


**********************************************************************

 Done. The new package has been installed and saved to

 /home/user/guacamole/guacamole-server-0.9.9/guacamole-server_0.9.9-1_amd64.deb

 You can remove it from your system anytime using: 

 dpkg -r guacamole-server

**********************************************************************

8. Make guacd to start automatically at system start:

$ sudo update-rc.d guacd defaults

9. Install Tomcat8:

$ sudo apt-get install tomcat8

10. Download web application package and put it in tomcat8 webapps directory with another name:

$ cd ..
$ wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/guacamole/files/current/binary/guacamole-0.9.9.war
$ sudo cp guacamole-0.9.9.war /var/lib/tomcat8/webapps/guacamole.war

11. Configure guacamole. Edit “/etc/guacamole/user-mapping.xml”. Here is my “user-mapping.xml”:

<user-mapping>
 <authorize username="my_username"
 password="my_md5hash"
 encoding="md5">
  <connection name="my_connection_name">
   <protocol>vnc</protocol>
   <param name="hostname">localhost</param>
   <param name="port">5900</param>
  </connection>
 </authorize>
</user-mapping>

12. To get md5 hash from your password just type following line in terminal:

$ echo -n <your_password> | md5sum

13. Install “lightdm” and set it as default display manager:

$ sudo apt-get install lightdm lightdm-gtk-greeter

14. Configure “/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf”. Here is my “lightdm.conf”:

[LightDM]
start-default-seat=true
 
[XDMCPServer]
enabled=true
port=177
 
[SeatDefaults]
allow-guest=false
user-session=mate
session-wrapper=mate-session
greeter-session=lightdm-gtk-greeter
greeter-hide-users=true
autologin-user=user
autologin-user-timeout=0

15. Download no-authentication package, extract and install it:

$ wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/guacamole/files/current/extensions/guacamole-auth-noauth-0.9.9.tar.gz
$ tar -xzf guacamole-auth-noauth-0.9.9.tar.gz
$ sudo mkdir /etc/guacamole/extensions
$ sudo cp guacamole-auth-noauth-0.9.9/guacamole-auth-noauth-0.9.9.jar /etc/guacamole/extensions/.

16. Configure no-authentication package. Here is my “/etc/guacamole/noauth-config.xml”:

<configs>
 <config name="myconfig" protocol="vnc">
  <param name="hostname" value="localhost" />
  <param name="port" value="5900" />
 </config>
</configs>

17. Save following text as “/etc/guacamole/guacamole.properties”:

# Guacamole - Clientless Remote Desktop
# Copyright (C) 2010 Michael Jumper
#
# This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
# it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by
# the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
# (at your option) any later version.
#
# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
# GNU Affero General Public License for more details.
#
# You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License
# along with this program. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

# Hostname and port of guacamole proxy
guacd-hostname: localhost
guacd-port: 4822

# Auth provider class (authenticates user/pass combination, needed if using the provided login screen)
auth-provider: net.sourceforge.guacamole.net.basic.BasicFileAuthenticationProvider
basic-user-mapping: /etc/guacamole/user-mapping.xml

18. Add no authentication configuration to “/etc/guacamole/guacamole.properties” by executing following command:

$ sudo bash -c 'printf "\n%s\n%s\n" "# NoAuth properties" "noauth-config: /etc/guacamole/noauth-config.xml" >> /etc/guacamole/guacamole.properties'

19. Create symbolic link to tomcat8 directory:

$ sudo ln -s /etc/guacamole /usr/share/tomcat8/.guacamole

20. Install VNC Server and xinetd:

$ sudo apt-get install vnc4server xinetd

21. Configure xinetd to start vnc4server. Here is my “/etc/xinetd.d/vnc”:

service vnc
{
 disable = no
 socket_type = stream
 protocol = tcp
 wait = no
 user = nobody
 server = /usr/bin/Xvnc4
 server_args = -inetd -once -query localhost -geometry 1920x1080 -depth 24 -securitytypes=none
 type = UNLISTED
 port = 5900
}

22. Restart the system and connect to this system from another computer using a webbrowser by typing in “<ip-address>:8080/guacamole”.

guacamole-0.9.9

23. That’s it. Happy remote desktopping!

Synchronizing system clock without ntp

I have a very small system running on Busybox and I need to maintain the correctness of system time within a few seconds. Without synchronization this system clock would drift around 10 seconds every 24 hours. My solution was to create two shell scipts, one on server and the other one on the target system (system with Busybox).

The script on the server executes command “date” and save the output as a text file and send that file using ftp to the target system. And the script on target system will read that file and set the system time accordingly. Unfortunately with wireless network I could not predict the file transfer delay time so I had to build a mechanism to add time compensation.

Here is the script on server:

#!/bin/bash
##########################################################################
#This script writes an actual time as a text file on target system.
#This text file will be read by the script on target system
#and be used to synchronize the system time.
#Created by Okki on 07-Dec-2015
##########################################################################

HOST=my.target.system.ip #This is the FTP servers host or IP address.
USER=username            #This is the FTP user that has access to the server.
PASS=password            #This is the password for the FTP user.
ADDSEC=10                #Additional seconds for FTP delay compensation.

#Split the date information into "hh:mm:ss" and write it in file.
#date | awk '{split($0,array," ")} END{print array[4]}' > time.txt
#echo "10:10:10" > time.txt

TIME=$(date | awk '{split($0,array," ")} END{print array[4]}')
HH1=$(echo $TIME | awk '{print substr($0,1,1)}')
HH2=$(echo $TIME | awk '{print substr($0,2,1)}')
MM1=$(echo $TIME | awk '{print substr($0,4,1)}')
MM2=$(echo $TIME | awk '{print substr($0,5,1)}')
SS1=$(echo $TIME | awk '{print substr($0,7,1)}')
SS2=$(echo $TIME | awk '{print substr($0,8,1)}')

HH=$(echo $HH1$HH2)
if [ $HH1 -le 0 ]
then
  HH=$(echo $HH2)
fi

MM=$(echo $MM1$MM2)
if [ $MM1 -le 0 ]
then
  MM=$(echo $MM2)
fi

SS=$(echo $SS1$SS2)
if [ $SS1 -le 0 ]
then
  SS=$(echo $SS2)
fi

let "SS += $ADDSEC"

if [ $SS -ge 60 ]
then
  let "SS -= 60"
  let "MM += 1"
fi

if [ $MM -ge 60 ]
then
  let "MM -= 60"
  let "HH += 1"
fi

if [ $HH -ge 24 ]
then
  let "HH -= 24"
fi

if [ $SS -lt 10 ]
then
  SS=0$SS
fi

if [ $MM -lt 10 ]
then
  MM=0$MM
fi

if [ $HH -lt 10 ]
then
  HH=0$HH
fi

# Write compensated time into text file
echo "$HH:$MM:$SS" > time.txt

# FTP function calls:
# Call 1: Uses the ftp command with the -inv switches.
#-i turns off interactive prompting.
#-n Restrains FTP from attempting the auto-login feature.
#-v enables verbose and progress.
ftp -inv $HOST << EOF

# Call 2: Here the login credentials are supplied by calling the variables.
user $USER $PASS

# Call 3: Here you will change to the directory where you want to put or get.
cd /system/target/path

# Call 4: Here you will tell FTP to put or get the file.
put time.txt

# End FTP Connection.
bye

EOF

And here is the script on target system:

#!/bin/sh

while true ; do
  TIME=$(date | awk '{split($0,array," ")} END{print array[4]}' | sed 's/:/-/g')
  TIME_OLD=$TIME
  # Wait until time changes
  while [ "$TIME_OLD" == "$TIME" ] ; do
    # Check if timesync file from linux server exists
    # and has size greater than zero (ftp copy delay!)
    # Time format hh:mm:ss
    if [ -s time.txt ]
    then
      date -s $(cat time.txt)
      rm time.txt
      # Set system time
      hwclock -w
    fi
    TIME=$(date | awk '{split($0,array," ")} END{print array[4]}' | sed 's/:/-/g')
  done
done # Endlosschleife...

To make this process automatically executes every day, I added following line on Crontab:

10 12 * * * root /path/to/script.sh > /dev/null 2>&1

Line above tells crontab to execute script.sh every day on 12:10.

Display special characters for html

Sometimes we need to create a static html page which displays words with special characters like Ä, ä, Ö, ö, Ü, ü and ß. In order to make these characters can be displayed correctly by webbrowser, we need to convert them in html special character format. I use awk to convert all of those characters into html format.

In this example I need to list file names in a folder and save it as html file. Here is my code:

ls -la /path/to/folder/ | awk '{ 
 gsub (/ /,"\\&nbsp;")
 gsub (/ä/,"\\&auml;")
 gsub (/ö/,"\\&ouml;")
 gsub (/ü/,"\\&uuml;")
 gsub (/ß/,"\\&szlig;")
 gsub (/Ä/,"\\&Auml;")
 gsub (/Ö/,"\\&Ouml;")
 gsub (/Ü/,"\\&Uuml;") ;print $0"<br>"}' >> /path/to/filename.html

With that code above I can see a list of files using webbrowser and get appearance as if I would list it using linux terminal.

Linux Mint 17.1: Navit (Car Navigation) Installation

I have been using Navit for car navigation around six years now. It is a very useful piece of software if you are like me (don’t have a normal navigation system hehe..). I have been traveling around Europe using this program. My first Navit setup ran on Pentium 3 Laptop. It was a little bit slow, but it worked. My second Navit run on Intel i3 Laptop with Debian Squeeze. It worked very good. Now I use the same Laptop with Linux Mint 17.1. My hardware consists of a Laptop and a Navilock Bluetooth BT-413 GPS receiver. And here is my software installation:

1. Install Navit:

$ sudo apt-get install navit
$ sudo apt-get install maptool

2. Install gpsd:

$ sudo apt-get install gpsd

3. Configure Bluetooth Device.

3.1. Here is my “/etc/bluetooth/rfcomm.conf”:

#
# RFCOMM configuration file.
#

rfcomm0 {
    # Automatically bind the device at startup
    bind yes;

    # Bluetooth address of the device
    device 00:09:DD:10:37:7A;

    # RFCOMM channel for the connection
    channel    1;

    # Description of the connection
    comment "BT-GPS";
}

3.2. Here is my “/etc/rc.local”:

#!/bin/sh -e
#
# rc.local
#
# This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel.
# Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other
# value on error.
#
# In order to enable or disable this script just change the execution
# bits.
#
# By default this script does nothing.

# BT GPS Maus mit rfcomm0 binden
/usr/bin/rfcomm bind 0

exit 0

4. Download map (maps.navit-project.org):

planetextractor5. Configure navit.xml. Change the Map filename in xml file with the one you have downloaded. Mine is “osm_bbox_-5.1,45.5,10.9,53.6.bin”.

<map type="binfile" enabled="yes" data="~/.navit/maps/osm_bbox_-5.1,45.5,10.9,53.6.bin"/>

6. I found out that voice produced by Mbrola sounds better than directly from Espeak. Here is how to install Mbrola:

$ sudo apt-get install mbrola
$ sudo apt-get install mbrola-de7

7. Set the speech in navit.xml. Here is my setting:

<speech type="cmdline" data="espeak -vmb-de7 -s130 -a150 '%s' &amp;"/>

8. Start Navit:

navit29. Happy driving!

Linux Mint LMDE Mate: Missing Menu Button

I have experienced disappearing Mate Menu Button. I could solve the problem using solution on this page.

1. Press Alt-F2. And you will get following window.

run2. Type in following command, click run and you will get a terminal console.

$ mate-terminal

3. Type in following command and press enter.

$ mate-panel --reset

That’s it. Enjoy!

Linux Mint LMDE: Manually Create 70-persistent-net.rules

I have installed Linux Mint LMDE on a PC with 2 LAN ports and a WLAN card. And I realized that there is no file “70-persistent-net.rules” in directory “/etc/udev/rules.d”. This file is important for keeping the same name of network adapters across boots. After googling for a while, I have found the solution on this page.

Basically what I have done was executing this command:

$ sudo udevadm trigger --action=add

Thats it!