FieldWorks Installation Instructions

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These are instructions for installing and testing FieldWorks on Linux.

We urge you to run FieldWorks with Compiz turned on and set to normal. This gives much better screen performance when using FieldWorks. To check your settings, choose System > Preferences > Appearance. Click the Visual Effects tab. Click Normal.

Installing FieldWorks

Using your browser of choice, go to:

and follow the instructions there for adding the SIL package repository to your list of software sources. Make sure that you can now see in the Origin tab on the left-hand side of the Synaptic Package Manager.

Go back to Software Sources and edit the entry for Change the Components field to read main experimental. Close the window and allow the reload to take place.

You should now see the following packages under in Synaptic's Origin view:

  • fieldworks
  • fieldworks-mono
  • fieldworks-libgdiplus

Selecting fieldworks for installation should automatically select the other two as well. Proceed with the installation in the normal way.

Preparing FieldWorks

For testing purposes, some sample data has been provided. To use this data, it needs to be copied to your home area. You can use either Nautilus or a terminal to set up data to use for testing:

For Nautilus:

  1. Choose Places > Computer.
  2. Nagivate to File System > usr > share > fieldworks > ReleaseData.
  3. Select Sena 2.xml and Sena 3.xml.
  4. Choose Edit > Copy.
  5. Choose Go > Home Folder.
  6. Choose Edit > Paste.

Using a terminal:

  1. Choose Applications > Accessories > Terminal.
  2. $ cp /usr/share/fieldworks/ReleaseData/Sena\ 3.xml ~

Run FieldWorks

To run either Translation Editor (TE) or Language Explorer (Flex), do the following:

  1. Choose Applications > Education > FieldWorks Translation Editor or FieldWorks Language Explorer.
  2. On the dialog, click Open an existing Project.
  3. Navigate to your home folder (Personal) and click Sena 2.xml or Sena 3.xml.

TE or Flex should now open with the data you selected. The next time you run the application it will open with this same data.

Using Help

To run the Demo Movies in the Flex Help menu you need the Adobe Flash plugin. To check for this, do the following:

  1. Choose System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager.
  2. Choose Edit > Search. In the Search box, type adobe-flashplugin and click Search.
  3. If it is not already installed, right-click the package and click Mark for Installation.
  4. On the toolbar, click Apply.

After the installation completes you should now be able to play the demo movies in the Flex Help. If, after you run the Demo Movies, your Firefox becomes unresponsive, open a Terminal by choosing Applications > Accessories > Terminal, and run $ killall firefox

This should close down all instances of Firefox running so that you can use it again.