Installing Elementary Files on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

I learned about elementary OS from Slashdot.  I currently use Nautilus and xfe, but am not 100% happy with either.  I thought I would give Elementary Files (the elementary OS file manager) a try.

  • sudo apt-get install -y ninja-build gobject-introspection libgirepository1.0-dev
  • Uninstall meson if you have it installed (e.g., sudo apt remove meson)
  • pip3 install meson – you need at least v0.50 (I think).
  • Add ~/.local/bin to your PATH if you haven’t yet.
  • sudo apt-get install -y valac libcanberra-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libgail-3-dev libgee-0.8-dev libglib2.0-dev libgtk-3-dev libnotify-dev libpango1.0-dev libplank-dev libsqlite3-dev libunity-dev libzeitgeist-2.0-dev
  • libcloudproviders-dev (bionic’s package isn’t new enough): git clone ; cd libcloudproviders ; git checkout 0.3.0 ; meson build ; cd build ; ninja && sudo ninja install
  • libgranite-dev (bionic’s package isn’t new enough): git clone elementary-granite ; cd elementary-granite/ ; git checkout 5.2.5 ; meson build ; cd build ; ninja && sudo ninja install
  • Files (at last!): git clone elementary-files ; cd elementary-files ; git checkout 4.2.0 ; meson build ; cd build ; ninja && sudo ninja install

Whew!  This is reminding me why we have package managers 🙂 .

Let me know if this doesn’t work for you — I may have missed something by accident.

Tea of the Day: Young Hyson

A Chinese green tea from (the Internet tells me) Anhui Province.  I got mine from Upton Tea (with which I am not affiliated).  A pleasant hay-like aroma.  I have generally been steeping at around 185 deg. for two minutes, and can get at least three cups out of a teaspoon of leaves.

The flavor depends heavily on steeping time.  Between 1:30 and 3:00 of steeping time, the bouquet and taste move from hay through light smoke to tobacco.  Pick your favorite!


I just realized this is the first Tea of the Day post.  Welcome to a new series!  Stay tuned for more as I expand my horizons and (eventually) move towards custom blending.

Stack Exchange concerns

Edit I have decided to step back from Stack Exchange for a while —

The Stack Exchange network is currently embroiled in controversy regarding:

  1. relicensing existing questions and answers to CC-BY-SA 4.0, and
  2. upcoming (not yet public!) changes to the code of conduct apparently relating to trans inclusivity, together with removal of moderator status from an apparently well-respected moderator.

Links for both are below, in case you haven’t seen them yet.  I find both situations concerning.

I am also worried by the apparent removal by Stack Exchange of pertinent information from the Internet Archive!  See this comment and replies.  If you do investigate these matters, please save copies of the pages you visit to your local machine.  I have done so, and have some PDFs if you need copies.

If you are able, please encourage Stack Exchange to release documents related to both of these situations.  Thank you!

Music of the Day

The self-titled debut album by Dutch band Spin:

The Internet calls this jazz/rock/funk, and I can’t find a more concise way to describe it.  My favorite track is “Little Bitch,” which has some very nice guitar work!