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Looking Glass for Ubuntu

Posted by : Arun | On : December 22, 2006

You might have already read about Sun Microsystems project Looking Glass. Project Looking Glass is based on Java technology and explores bringing a richer user experience to the desktop and applications via 3D windowing and visualization capabilities. It is an open source development project based on and evolved from Sun Microsystems Advanced Development division. It supports running unmodified existing applications in a 3D space, as well as APIs for 3D window manager and application development. At the moment, existing application integration is supported for Linux and Solaris x86 platforms. The platform for 3D application development is available for Linux, Solaris and Windows platforms.

It’s little easy for Ubuntu users to install this. Follow the steps below:

  • There are 3 LG3D repositories. The stable repository has the latest stable releases (0.8.1, 1.0 etc.). The testing repository has the pre-release builds (alpha, beta etc.) for the latest version and the unstable repsoitory has the nightly builds. To access these repositories, add the following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list and then comment/uncomment the appropriate line(s).
  • ## LG3D repositories
  • deb http://javadesktop.org/lg3d/debian stable contrib

    # deb http://javadesktop.org/lg3d/debian testing contrib

    # deb http://javadesktop.org/lg3d/debian unstable contrib

  • Then issue the following commands
  • sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install lg3d-core

    I’m going to try this during the holidays and see how it works.

    
    
    					

    Comments (8)

    1. Arun Subramanian said on 30-12-2006

      Yes. I couldn’t access it.

    2. adolfo said on 30-12-2006

      javadesktop.org seems to be down?

    3. Arun Subramanian said on 22-12-2006

      I’m not good at writing reviews, but I’ll try.

    4. Daniel Aleksandersen said on 22-12-2006

      Can you post a full review when you have tried it for a couple of days?

    5. Arend said on 22-12-2006

      Same here, it works but very slow en keyboard (medion) won’t type.

    6. Arun Subramanian said on 22-12-2006

      Thank you. you tried it already? I have to go home and try. I do have a decent laptop (core due with 2 GB RAM and 256 MB Video RAM). I’ll try it over the weekend.

    7. gary causer said on 22-12-2006

      Nice tutorial, found you on Digg. I installed it and went to my login screen and Looking Glass was listed under options. Selecting it took me right to the default lay out. Great fun.
      Two problems I found playing with it:
      needs high end video card and fast computer (slowwww). And my Memorex keyboard didn’t want to type!

    8. Central Standard Tech said on 26-01-2007

      Looking Glass for Ubuntu Project Looking Glass, the Java 3D desktop, has gone 1.0. Here’s how to get it up and running on Ubuntu. Java Posse Episode 100 (Live Special) – Google Video Parleys – The Belgian Java User Group Video interviews

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