I reached out to WOMWorld/Nokia after the PR 1.1 update fiasco on my Nokia N8. They were gracious enough to lend me a Nokia C7 and a Nokia BH 905i headset for duration of 2 weeks. I was curious about the Nokia C7-00 because it reminds me of the Nokia N8 in that both run on Symbian ^3. The C7 and the N8 belong to a different class of devices (and by extension, a different type of user); The Nokia C7 belongs to the C-series line and the N8 belongs to the N-series. According to Wikipedia, here are the list of C-series devices, the Wikipedia page for the C7-00 device and an insight into Nokia’s line of devices by Nokia Conversations. You can test this phone virtually by utilizing the Forum Nokia Remote Device Access page or this list of methods of access a virtual Nokia device.
In assessing the Nokia C7, I was primarily interested in how it ‘felt’ i.e. the hardware & construction and how well it took photographs because I have come to terms with the camera as a very important aspect of my mobile device. I have been a Nokia N8 user for over 3 months so I’ve been biased towards quality mobile phone images. As I found out, I found the Nokia C7 was easier to physically handle, but fell flat when it came to the camera functions which are very important to me and of course, runs on Symbian which could be a problem if you need eye-candy or user-friendliness.
Nokia C7 beside box.
- Setting up the phone on first use is relatively hassle-free so new Nokia phone users won’t be out of their depth (for older Nokia phone owners, the setup should be familiar). Make sure you have an Ovi.com account because you won’t be able to use the Ovi Store without one. When I first turned the phone one, I was walked through a set of simple prompts (to attach my Ovi.com account, select my country/timezone as my phone doesn’t have the SIM card in it, etc). Once I was at the homescreen, Ovi Maps and Ovi Store were preinstalled. The preinstallation of Ovi Store will happen on Nokia C7 devices with the PR 1.1 update (which this phone had). The phone ships with a standard set of accessories:
Here’s a short video I created showing the outlets & hardware features of the Nokia C7-00:
- The C7 is thinner than the Nokia N8 and loses the protrusion on the back of the Nokia N8. The slim Nokia C7 has a better feel to it and I really like that the battery was replaceable with an even easier way of inserting my SIM card & memory card. See my gallery of Nokia C7 photos on Min.us, which is an awesome way for painlessly sharing photos. Again, living with the Nokia N8 made me appreciate the C7 for being easy to slip into little slits in my book bag. The C7 gets high marks for being slim and feels just right.
- Physical buttons (“soft keys) for making or ending calls and a dedicated “Menu” button. I didn’t realize how much I missed having the green phone sign to make calls so the C7 gets points for the hardware “Call” buttons. With the Nokia N8, there was no easy way to dial the last-dialled number; But on the C7, merely pressing the “green call button” twice will dial the last number you called from your phone.
- The C7 has a front-facing camera for video calls and can record HD video with video stabilization. I am not big on recording videos with my cellphone, but it is quite comforting to know that in a pinch, recording HD video on my phone is available. If you have a data plan that supports video calls, you’d be wise to get an app that supports video calls. I don’t have a data plan but check out these VOIP apps (Fring & Nimbuzz) which may support video calling. Small nitpick: As with the software on the Nokia N8, switching from the 8mp camera to this front-facing camera is a two-step process and is a victim of Nokia’s menu-centric design style.
- The Nokia C7 has an Extended Depth of Focusing camera which means there’s no “focus” step in taking the picture and lessens the chances of getting the wrong item in focus. This feature lends itself well to taking photographs of things like landscapes or group photos because the EDoF feature tries to get everything in focus. The included photo editor on the Nokia C7 (which the Nokia N8 has) bears highlighting. If you don’t take a good photo, you can sharpen, crop, convert and perform a host of editing/enhancment functions to your photo! I really like this bundled photo editor which, while not packaged in the most intuitive of interfaces, does the job of editing your mobile photos well.Under optimal conditions like bright sunlight, the EDoF camera shines and so far, my pictures can’t hold a candle to these really nice photos taken by All About Symbian. Here are some photos taken with the Nokia C7:
- Battery life on the Nokia C7 is just excellent!. I’ve gone over 8 hours with bluetooth enabled (a working day) on this phone without needing to recharge! This is the same battery life I’ve come to expect with the Nokia N8 so that I’m glad Nokia was able to have that kind of battery life with the Nokia C7. One important differentiating feature between the C7 and the N8 is the user-replaceable battery with the Nokia C7 and in my opinion, the easier-to-access SIM card and Memory card slots.
- The Nokia C7 comes with the ability to play a wide variety of video formats (which is important to me as I hate having to transcode video files) as well as being able to play a good number of audio formats as well (the ones I care about are: mp3, wma, and aac but the C7 can also play eaac, eaac+, amr-nb, and amr-wb). A neat feature of the video player in the Nokia C7 is the support for subtitles! Read more about this video subtitles feature on GSM Arena and Nitish Kumar’s blog. Video Recording on the Nokia C7 is pretty handy in a pinch. Nokia has also included basic video editor on the phone might just entice you into showing your creations to the world! The same options on the N8 for video recording are present on the C7; You can split your video, add title clips before or after and style your title clips. Check out this video review of the Nokia C7 by PhoneArena which is quite good.
- Compared to most Android phones in ATT’s collection, the Nokia C7 has a relatively generous 8GB of internal memory with support for microSD cards up to 32GB in size (*whisper*the N8 comes with 16GBs of memory*whisper*). Nokia has a good track record of giving their phones a lot of internal memory although they have yet to get the memo about bumping up CPU specs to 2011 levels. You will probably need to get an external microSD card if you download a lot of Maps from the free Ovi Maps application which brings me to my next point:
- Ovi Maps is a highlight and treat for new users to Symbian. The maps are free to download and you’ll get updates for life. On other mobile systems like Android or iOS, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a free mapping application that offers downloadable maps.
- As with the Nokia N8, the Nokia C7 comes with customizable home screens (up to 3) which can be filled with apps you install. You can also add several preinstalled widgets to a homescreen by ‘longpressing” the homescreen and editing the settings. With Symbian^3, the Ovi Social application is particularly useful as it links your Twitter/Facebook account and displays updates in a widget. Another of my favorite widgets is the “Favorite Contacts” widget which lets you add up to 4 contacts, the handy Wi-Fi widget which lets you connect quickly to wireless network, and a host of other preinstalled widgets like that from Paramount Pictures showing a handful of their movies, and more.
- My biggest gripe about the Nokia C7 revolves around the C7′s camera. I’ve taken a fair amount of high quality cell phone photographs with my Nokia N8 so I was expecting to be able to do the same with the Nokia C7. Sadly, the camera on the Nokia C7 disappoints. You’ll need to spend a lot of time figuring to the best way to take the picture versus just pointing & clicking. The C7-00 boasts of an 8 megapixel camera, but as with the Nokia N8, you don’t actually have all the megapixels present. The phone compresses the images to make sharing over your 3G data connection cheaper. However, I was disappointed because there was no ‘focus’ button in the camera application. I essentially had to move back and forth to make sure whatever I wanted to photograph was in focus. In reading up about the reasons for this, it turns out that fancy Extended Depth of Focusing feature and the C7′s fixed length lens are to blame hence the need to move back and forth to ensure my photos are in focus. Most of the time, I just gave up and snapped the scenes as they were & sure enough, the pictures turned out blurry. Add to that the fact that there’s no macro mode on the C7 and you’ll have yourself a recipe for mild annoyance.
- For a thorough review of the limitations of the Nokia C7′s camera, visit All About Symbian for their take on the Nokia C7. Nokia is shipping some phones with something called EDoF or Extended Depth of Focusing and All About Symbian has a great series exploring the technical differences between the traditional two-stage (focus & take the picture) camera technology and Extended Depth of Focusing. Stay tuned for some more photographs exploring scenarios where the C7 shines in taking photos.
- The C7 runs on Symbian ^ 3which is on maintenance mode since Nokia’s moving forward with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 in the future. Compared to Android and iOS, there aren’t many quality apps available for the Symbian and no carrier in the United States offers subsidized pricing for this $399 phone. This ‘disadvantage’ is the same one I had noted with my Nokia N8 and frankly, I’ve made my peace with this especially as the Nokia N8 is a great multi-use tool!
- ****Issues with the trial device didn’t let me assess the multitasking capability of the Nokia C7.
Parting Thoughts on the Nokia C7
The Nokia C7 is available for purchase via third party merchants like the Amazon Store, etc. Currently , Amazon has the Nokia C7 at $429 and the Nokia N8 at $399. That is not a typo, but to be fair, the Amazon price difference between the C7 and the N8 fluctuates within the range of ± $40. Also note that on NokiaUSA.com, the Nokia N8 is priced at $449 and the C7 isn’t listed for purchase on NokiaUSA.com. So, why would you possibly pick the Nokia C7 over the seemingly same-priced Nokia N8? Well, it turns out in other parts of the world, the Nokia C7 is cheaper than the Nokia N8.
In the UK (on Nokia UK’s website), the Nokia C7 is about a hundred pounds less on a pay-as-you-go plan than the Nokia N8 and a little over 50 pounds more than the SIM-free Nokia N8. In Indonesia, the Nokia C7 is at least, 400 RRP more than the Nokia N8. In Norway, the Nokia N8 (without a contract) is over 1300 NOK more than the Nokia C7. The table below shows the price differences between the Nokia C7 and the Nokia N8.
**** Table Showing Price Difference between Nokia C7 and Nokia N8 in European Countries
|| Nokia C7 (Phone only)
| Nokia N8
||1 399,00 zł
||1 729,00 zł
||3 495,00 kr
|4 295,00 kr
| United Kingdom
||￥2,988.00 (WiFi version)
￥3,198.00 (3G version)
|￥3,598.00 to ￥4,899.00
For users living in areas with this price disparity, getting the Nokia C7 will be a tough decision/call, but here are some conditions that could make the C7 a good choice:
- If the N8 is ‘too much phone’ for your needs i.e. you’ll never need HDMI-out or 16 gbs of onboard space
- If you’re not into (quality) phone photography or couldn’t care less about megapixel ratings
- If you like the form factor of the Nokia C7, the touchscreen capability and presence of the ‘soft’ keys/menu
However for those in the USA or areas where the difference is less than 100 (dollars, pounds, naira, etc), I would hesitate to recommend the Nokia C7 especially when the Nokia N8 is available for the (almost) same price *and* has more awesome-to-have features like a kickass camera, 16GBs of internal space, USB-on-the-go and HDMI-out! In the US, no cellphone provider carries the Nokia C7 so you’ll have to pay the full price ($399) which is nothing to sneeze at. The C7 is not quite a camera-phone as getting non-landscape photos from the phone was hit-or-miss. As a C7 owner, you’ll have access to the plethora of applications on the Ovi Store for Symbian ^3 and I’ve found some useful apps on the Ovi Store that I’ve found. In fact, if I could marry the soft keys and form factor of the Nokia C7 with the Nokia N8′s hardware, we’d have a phone I would buy again! Get a Nokia N8 instead and you’ll thank me later. I don’t think Nokia will complain if one person opts for the Nokia N8 over the Nokia C7. *grin*
In summary, I recommend USA users considering the Nokia C7 ‘upgrade’ to the Nokia N8 (for ~ $10 more on Amazon) instead.
- * – Africa & the Middle East as well as some Asian countries are not represented.
- Unfortunately, the review unit I was sent had something wrong with it because the Menu button did not do anything except to ‘wake’ the phone. This particular C7 had lost the ability to view running applications which made running multiple apps impossible. WOMWorld/Nokia is aware of the issues with this particular C7 and I’m fairly certain this issue is not typical of production C7 units. Here are some screenshots (made with Smartphoneware‘s Best ScreenSnap) on the trial Nokia C7 showing the absence of “show open application:
Here are some screenshots (and video) I took of a remote Nokia C7 showing that the C7 *does* support multitasking and viewing open applications:
I received the Nokia BH-905i headset from WOMWorld/Nokia for a two-week trial along with the Nokia C7. I was excited about this gizmo because it was a wireless headset that promised great audio. After suffering through one too many twisted cords, I appreciate gadgets that have the nerve to cut the cord. The BH-905i is a wireless headset that uses Bluetooth technology to connect with your computer, smartphone or other device that supports it. This article will cover the aspects of the Nokia BH-905i headset that I enjoyed and will point out some concerns.
- Construction: This criterion concerns the build and how the device feels.
- Battery Life: This item concerns how well the device holds up before a recharge is needed.
- User Friendliness: How intuitive is using the Nokia BH-905i headset and how painless is setting up the device.
- Sound Quality: How well does the Nokia BH-905i device do its stated job of being an audio device.
The Nokia BH-905i headset ships in a slightly intimidating “shell” of a case. The casing is sturdy and protective; rightfully so as this baby costs a cool $199. Within this case, you’ll find, in addition to the actual headset, a smaller case that contains several accessories: charger, carrying case, user guide, and dizzying array of cables and adapters. From NokiaUSA‘s page about the BH-905i’s specifications, here are the adapters bundled with this headset:
- 3.5 mm Nokia AV connector
- 3.5 mm iPhone compatible AV connector
- Audio cable
- Supporting adapters for:
- 2.5 mm Nokia AV connector
- Standard 3.5 mm jack
- Standard 6.3 mm jack
- Standard airplane jack
- Adapter for VoIP calls
I really liked the soft pads on the headset which helped muffle outside sounds. Symbian World conducted a review of these headphones and they also gave high marks to the Nokia BH-905i for its sturdy construction. I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable the headset felt. The headset is also adjustable and feels quite very solid when on my head, only plagued by the occasional slip-off because of the weight (Flickr Gallery of the headphones).This is what the headset, accessories and soft pads look like:
The BH-905i looks quite presentable in public and doesn’t look quite as geeky as my Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones do.
I’d rather wear the Nokia BH-905i headphones in public than wearing my Sennheiser headphones. View my Min.us gallery of the Sennheiser HD headphones I speak of. Overall, I was impressed by the build quality of this device; It’s a Nokia product and Nokia’s quite famous for having excellent hardware as evinced by my gushing over the Nokia N8 although they have some awful misses sometimes.
The Nokia BH-905i gets points for being a wireless accessory i.e. uses the Bluetooth protocol. If you’re using a modern notebook/phone, you should have Bluetooth capability, but there are bluetooth dongles available if your device lacks built-in bluetooth. That said, losing the cord means having to charge the headset every other day. I don’t listen to music 24/7 but in my experience and use, the headset lasted more than 5 hours which is more than adequate for my needs. I’ve grown into the habit of plugging up all my electronic accessories overnight so I never let the BH-905i run out of juice. For a more “scientific” study of the battery life, visit CNET‘s review of the Nokia BH-905i headset.
I paired the headset with the Nokia C7 and my notebook running Ubuntu 10.10 a.k.a. Maverick Meerkat; a process which was painless. You have to initiate the pairing process from, say, your phone or notebook.
On Ubuntu 10.10, the Bluetooth icon should be on the System tray; Click the icon and select “Setup a new device”. If you don’t see this bluetooth icon in the system tray, simply navigate to the “System” menu, click “Preferences” and select “Bluetooth”. You should see the image below:
Sidenote: On Ubuntu, you have to pipe your Audio Output to the Nokia BH-905i device or you’ll still have music blaring from your notebook. To do this, simply right-click the Audio icon on your Ubuntu system tray, and click “Preferences”. Navigate to the “Output” tab and if the Nokia BH-905i device isn’t selected, make sure you select the radio button corresponding to the Nokia BH-905i headset.
There are controls on the BH-905i headset for playing your music; I could fast-forward, go back, play/pause my music from the headset directly (the Right ‘ear’ specifically). I’m not a big fan of the placement on these controls because I’m primarily used to having the controls on my cords on my wired headphones so this is not a fault of the BH-905i.
From this non-audiophile/regular user’s perspective, the Nokia BH-905i sounds just as good as my Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones. Given that the Sennheisser currently retails for $99, I don’t think the price tag of the BH-905i headset is reasonable. That said, I’m no audiophile.
The BH-905i headset comes with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) which can sap battery life so use judiciously.
This headset is meant to be used with devices that support it i.e. your mobile phone or computer so I paired the headset with the Nokia C7 and my notebook. I was able to listen to my music on the Nokia C7 with the Headset and even listen to calls, but I found it strange that the speakers on the C7 was still emanating sound even as I had the headset paired & connected to the C7! Kinda reminds me of Ubuntu and how you still have to change the Sound Output from “Analog Speaker” (which will play music on your computer’s speakers and through anything else connected to the 3.5mm jack) to “Analog Output” to restrict output to whatever’s plugged into the 3.5mm jack.
Overall, I love the headphones. They are built to last, fit perfectly and muffle outside sounds when you have them on. However, I fear I am not motivated enough to cut the cord by moving to a wireless headphone accessory. I’m also a bit unhappy at the current price tag of $199. Nevertheless, in doing a cursory search of other wireless headphones, the $100 – $500 price range is par for the course when it comes to bluetooth headphones. So, in a nutshell, great sound, form and construction make this phone a keeper, but the price might keep my wallet away from purchasing.
Update: The BH-905i headphones are available for purchase directly from Nokia!
After using Windows 7 for a long while, I got bored and wanted to give Ubuntu another go-around. For the uninitiated, Ubuntu is an operating system that is free for you to use and tinker with. It’s a GNU/Linux distribution and development is spearheaded by a for-profit company called Canonical (which is run by a South African billionaire, Mark Shuttleworth). Major updates to the operating system are pushed out every six month thus guaranteeing that things are always going to be kept fresh/updated. I went with Ubuntu primarily because I like how it looks out of the box. By accounts, Canonical/Ubuntu has done a lot to ensure that their Linux distribution is user friendly which has made Ubuntu, the recommended distro of choice for newbies. This post will talk about my experience with installing Ubuntu and applications that have made my transition from Windows to Ubuntu less jarring & worth the move.
If you’ve decided to make the switch, please make sure sure you have backups. I like to talk about backups because not having them is devastating when you need them. Here is a small
rehash review of things to think of backing up:
- Browser bookmarks: If you use Chrome, you should’ve enabled the Google “Backup” feature baked into Chrome. In Firefox, export your bookmarks by going to “Bookmarks” and selecting “Organize bookmarks”.
- Address book and/or Calendar appointments: Outlook can backup your calendar & addressbook in comma or tab separated values or in the proprietary .pst format. Pick your poison; Just make sure the email program you intend on using in Ubuntu can support import of the backed up file. To be on the safe side, I never use Post Office Protocol (POP) for accessing my emails through my email client; IMAP is the way to go. That way, you don’t have to worry about keeping your emails on disk.
- Music files (pay particular attention to backing up your Amazon MP3 files because you can only download them once or twice!), painstakingly handcrafted music playlists, important photographs or screencaptures, downloaded video files, free/paid downloaded programs, etc
- Above all, make sure those important items are on an external hard drive and not on the disk that you are about to wipe! Once you’ve done this step, it wouldn’t hurt to have a full disk backup which you can do via Windows 7′s built-in Backup Program or using Acronis True Image.
The Ubuntu Installation Process
- As of 02/27/2011, the current version of Ubuntu is 10.10 dubbed “Maverick Meerkat”. Make sure you have the right architecture type i.e. if your notebook is a 64-bit computer, download the 64-bit version of Ubuntu. Burn the .iso file to a DVD file using ImgBurn on Windows 7. Label this disk with the date and Ubuntu version. Insert the Ubuntu disk into your notebook’s CD/DVD tray and restart your computer. On HP notebooks, you may have to tell the computer to boot up from the CD/DVD drive. You can do that by pressing “Esc” (on the dv7-3080us notebook) once you see the HP logo appear about 1-2 seconds after the computer starts back up. If pressing the “Esc” key doesn’t work for you, make sure you know what that key is by closely observing any text that you see the next time your computer boots up. On my notebook, I have to press “F9″ to navigate to the BIOS boot up options and tell the computer to look in my CD/DVD drive. Once you’ve done that, the computer restarts and boots up from the disk in your CD/DVD drive.
- The last version of Ubuntu I used was 9.04 so I noticed that the Ubuntu installer got tweaked and made the process of partitioning or wiping my hard disk easier. At some point, I do want to know more about my system, but this time, I was content with letting the Ubuntu installer be the smart one. In my case, I chose to wipe my entire hard disk. If you are interested in running both Ubuntu and Windows off the same disk, I’ve read that it’s best to install Windows first before installing whatever distro you have next.
- While the new installer is running, you’ll have to enter details like your first and last name, username for logging in, and whether or not you want to encrypt your home folder. I opted to encrypt my home folder to ensure my data would remain unreadable if someone decided to pop my hard disk out to read in a different computer.
After The Installation
- One of the first things that happened on the reboot was: Update manager popped up with almost 300 mb of updates. Whatever you do, it’s always a good thing to run Update Manager (or Windows Updates) after a fresh install first. While my updates were downloading, I took the opportunity to start copying my files from the external hard disk over to my /home folder. I tried to avoid doing any customization until I restarted the computer after this first set of updates.
- My notebook has an Nvidia graphics card and there is a proprietary driver available for it. Thankfully, Ubuntu detected this and I was able to download and install this as well. If you’re big on gaming, you’ll want to install this driver as it enabled 3D acceleration and unlocks some more functionality.
With Windows 7, I had 2 apps that I would *always* reinstall whenever I reformatted my notebook:
- Camtasia Studio: Techsmith’s Camtasia Studio always made the list because it made creating videos, of whatever I was doing on my computer, ridiculously easy.
- SnagIt: Another TechSmith production and a must-have because it made creating screen captures painless and annotating those screen captures even easier.
Thus far, I’ve found a worthy alternative to SnagIt, no real Camtasia Studio alternatives *AND* discovered a new application that has made my life easier!
- Shutter: Shutter is written in Perl and stands heads-and-shoulders above the other screen capture contenders in the Ubuntu Software Center. Created by Shutter-Project.org, Shutter makes screen captures in Ubuntu as painless as SnagIt is. To be fair, Shutter is not as snappy as SnagIt, but for a free product, I was blown away. Check out my Min.us gallery of the options available with Shutter or look at this animated image (created in GIMP! )showing all the options available in Shutter.
- Min.us: is a photo-sharing site that I found out via HackerNews. Since my switch to Ubuntu, my use of the Min.us service has soared and allowed me to see just how useful this website is. You see, I didn’t realize that my method of sharing my files was archaic & painful until I used the Min.us desktop tool.Previously, TwitPic was the photosharing site I used and uploading pictures to the TwitPic service looked like this:
- Visit the TwitPic website
- Login with their horrendous Twitter authorization system; Caveat: If you’re logged into Twitter.com, you’ll automatically get logged into TwitPic. If not, you have to suffer through this image every.time.
- Click the link that takes me to the “File Upload” page
- Upload my file, have to annotate it right away. Also, remember to uncheck the “broadcast to Twitter” box; bad TwitPic.
- Highlight and copy the url for sharing.
In fact, it was *better* for me to use Tweetdeck to upload images to my TwitPic account!
Anyway, I needed a better means of dragging-and-dropping to share my screenshots from Ubuntu and Min.us has a very simple solution; On Ubuntu, download the .deb file and install it (which should bring up the Ubuntu Software Center).
With Min.us, your photo-sharing steps are reduced to this:
- Go to the Min.us website
- Drag and drop your file on to the Min.us webpage
- One-click sharing of the screenshot to: Twitter, Reddit, Digg, Facebook, StumbleUpon or good old-fashioned E-mail. Or copy the conveniently provided URL to your clipboard for sharing in IM chats or blog posts like this one.
Visit the TwitPic website.
Login with their horrendous Twitter authorization system; Caveat: If you’re logged into Twitter.com, you’ll automatically get logged into TwitPic. If not, you have to suffer through this image every.time.
Click the link that takes me to the “File Upload” page
Upload my file, have to annotate it right away
Highlight and copy the url for sharing.
The developers are connected to their growing base of user via the @mindotus twitter account, the Min.us Facebook page and the Min.us feedback forum. In my experience, they have been very responsive to issues I’ve had such as the problem installing the Min.us desktop tool on my 64-bit Ubuntu system. When installing the Min.us desktop tool on x64 Ubuntu, you will get this message:
Don’t panic. I contacted the devs at Min.us via Facebook (and Twitter) to let them know of the problem and within 24 hours, I got a response detailing how to work around the issue.
Here’s the solution to the “wrong architecture” message I got when installing the minusubuntu.deb file for Min.us v. 1.1. For the “TL;DR” version: see my Pastebin of the results.
- Fire up the terminal and type “sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture /path/to/minusubuntu.deb“. You’ll be prompted for your password; Enter it.
- You’ll get this warning:
dpkg: warning: overriding problem because –force enabled: package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)
and be alerted to more potential dependency problems:
Selecting previously deselected package minus-desktop-tool.
(Reading database … 164082 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking minus-desktop-tool (from …/jane/Downloads/minusubuntu.deb) …
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of minus-desktop-tool:
minus-desktop-tool depends on libqt4-gui (>= 4.7); however:
Package libqt4-gui is not installed.
minus-desktop-tool depends on libqt4-core (>= 4.7); however:
Package libqt4-core is not installed.
dpkg: error processing minus-desktop-tool (–install):
dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils …
Processing triggers for python-gmenu …
Processing triggers for python-support …
Errors were encountered while processing:
- The key takeaway from that glob of text is that: you need to install the following packages: libqt4-gui and libqt4-core. Do this by typing:
“apt-get install libqt4-gui libqt4-core” which should spit out this message:
The following extra packages will be installed: libqt4-designer libqt4-opengl libqt4-script libqt4-svg libqt4-test
The following NEW packages will be installed: libqt4-core libqt4-designer libqt4-gui libqt4-opengl libqt4-script libqt4-svg libqt4-test
- As for Camtasia Studio alternatives, I’ve currently working with Pitivi Video Editor (reviewed on LWN) and recently released OpenShot Video Editor. So far, I’m cautiously optimistic about OpenShot which was featured on LWN.net.
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