iTunes on Linux

So I now have a working copy of iTunes.  But I should explain that it is running in a Windows Virtual Machine.  Here’s why:

I was able to install iTunes up to version 7.01 using Crossover Office – but the install was buggy and left a lot to troubleshoot.  I knew there would be Windows apps that wouldn’t work – so I planned for a VM to run them in.  iTunes just had teh dubious honor of being first.

Posted in Linux | Leave a comment

Foray into Fedora – iTunes (a.k.a. Jeff vs iTunes) Round 1

As I’m sure my wife will tell you, I’m not one to settle with anything.  I have used iTunes since before Apple released a Windows version.  So not only do I have a matter of pride to make iTunes work on Linux, but I have a significant investment in DRM coded music to protect.  The alternative being burn all that music CD, rip and then reapply the ID3 tags.  (not exactly my idea of a fun weekend)

As of the writing of this post iTunes 8.01 is the current version.  My goal will, of course, be to run the latest version of iTunes on Linux.

I have started round one of Jeff vs iTunes using Crossover Office and my now, very workable Fedora 9 install.  I built a custom Windows XP (templated) bottle to hold the iTunes install – and really, I hoped that it would just work.  After the time it took to get WoW working, I was really hoping for a quick win… but NOOOOO… iTunes spent about 20 minutes churning it’s wheels, with no results.

Finally, the installer finished – and in no uncertain terms told me that it would not install.  I’m going to call it a night (still elated about getting WoW to work).  Tomorrow I will try a few other options with iTunes.  (be warned, I may cheat a little).  For the record, Round 1 goes to iTunes.

Posted in Linux, System Administration | Leave a comment

Foray Into Fedora… Part 2

Well, it’s been a busy couple of days…

Installing the updates and Crossover Office did not work entirely… really it didn’t work at all.

After installing all the updates, I did the nvidia installs – and tried the CXOffice and CXGames.  No luck at all.  Even the default install of fonts would not work.

So I was tinkering with the files, when it occured to me to try the install as root.  Much to my surprise the fonts installed!  I added my username root group in to the /etc/group and tried again… SUCCESS!

So now is where things get fun… right?   Wrong!

iTunes still won’t install.

World of Warcraft won’t install

Office 2003 won’t install (not so critical)

After a rather rough day at work, I decided that the MMORPG was more important than productivity at home – so making WoW work was the priority.  After the repeated “could not find video card” messages, I did some digging and read a few articles on linux, nividia and something called DRI.  I made a lot of the changes those articles suggested, but I still hit the same error.

Since I went through all the trouble of finding the nvidia drivers on livna, it never occured to me to just check with the nvidia website to see if they had released drivers…  In retrospect, I should have done this first.  So the first step is to remove the livna drivers and start *clean*.

running “yum remove kmod-nvidia* xorg-x11-drv-nvidia*” as root cleaned up all that stuff.

I then went to nvidia and found the right sh file and ran it outside of XWindows (don’t bother trying in X, it’ll error out).

I ran through the defaults, and ended up having to compile a new kernel module.  This required and exit and a “yum install kernel-devel” and then a restart on the install.  (maybe do that before you install.)

After the install, I rebooted and tried to run WoW.  No luck, same error.  Feeling spunky, I rebooted into init 3 and did the installer again.  It threw a lot of errors, but ultimately finished.  I rebooted into init 5 after that and crossed my fingers.

Much to my surprise (and honestly I was suprised) when I launched WoW, it came right up.  I reconfigured the display settings and things were perfect.

Next… iTunes.

Posted in Linux, System Administration | Leave a comment