The 20 steps of installing WIMP (Adobe AIR) on your Aspire One (Linux)

20 steps might seem like a lot, but it could easily have been 5. I just made 20 to make it as clear and easy to do as possible.

I had trouble installing WIMP (online streaming of music, pretty much like Spotify) on my Aspire One (Linux) before heading on vacation last week. I never managed to install it and ended up not bringing any computer at all, which actually was nice (spending time away from Internet while on vacation is hereby highly recommended). But as I (finally) have managed to install WIMP on my tiny travel computer, things will be a little easier while travelling (and not spending time away from Internet) in the future. And music streaming on netbook computers is genius as you don’t need any HD space.

my Apire One with WIMP

my Apire One with WIMP

The reason why it was hard to install WIMP was an issue not caused by the development team Aspiro. It was because I was unable to install Adobe AIR (got an error saying the administrator didn’t allow the installation or something like that). My Linux guru friend Anders Lon Lund helped me sort through the online information jungle and guided me towards these steps (I am not familiar with Linux at all, and recon more people with an Aspire One might not be that familiar either (and the Linux version on these computers are not really built to make additional installations), so this is really basic steps making it easy to install both Adobe AIR and WIMP without really knowing what you do):

For those only interested in installing Adobe AIR, start at step 5 and keep going until step 16.

1. Go to http://wimp.aspiro.com
2. Log in
3. Click on install
4. Start with downloading Adobe Air
5. You have now downloaded AdobeAIRInstaller.bin (those who only want AIR: http://airdownload.adobe.com/air/lin/download/latest/AdobeAIRInstaller.bin)
6. Open Terminal (Alt + F2 – and then type “terminal” and click on “run”)
7. You then have to become “root”. This means that you are the user who is allowed to control everything on your computer.
8. Type “su -” in Terminal and press enter (when I say that you are supposed to type something it is without the “”)
9. You now have to enter a password. This will probably be the user password for your computer. Type the password and press enter (you are typing the password even though it doesn’t look like you are typing).
10. You are now root.
11. Then type “yum install rpm-build” in Terminal and press enter.
12. Then you have to get out of the root (at least it didn’t work for me while in the root). Just close the window and run Terminal again like you did in step 6 (advanced users: remember this is basic dummy steps).
13. You are now in Terminal again. (if trouble with step 13-16 try check if AdobeAIRInstaller.bin is placed in “My Disk:///” and not in your download folder)
14. Type “chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin” and then press enter (you need to do this to make the .bin file executable from terminal)
15. Type “sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin” and then press enter.
16. Adobe Air should then be installed successfully (if it doesn’t work, try do it as a super user/root, but this is exactly how it worked for me)
17. Go to http://wimp.aspiro.com
18. Click on the link for installing WIMP
19. Follow the steps
20. Voila

(You will find WIMP again in “My:Disk:///Desktop” – just click the icon and the program will open (you won’t be able to open it with Alt-F2)

BTW: I am planning another blog post about WIMP, so stay tuned. Also remember that WIMP is still a beta program (in Norwegian) and you have to get an invitation to be able to use it (it will eventually open to the the public).

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2 thoughts on “The 20 steps of installing WIMP (Adobe AIR) on your Aspire One (Linux)

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  2. Stian

    QUOTE:
    (You will find WIMP again in “My:Disk:///Desktop” – just click the icon and the program will open (you won’t be able to open it with Alt-F2)

    What about “/opt/Wimp/bin/Wimp”?

    I’ve never used Gnome or KDE “quick starters”, but if it’s something like foo & in the terminal that one works. :-)

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