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Transforming O2 Joggler to LinuxMCE orbiter

Installing base system

Download and install SqueezeOS

Get SqueezePlay OS for Joggler. You can use either the internal or an external usb stick, however to install additional options you may require running on an external USB stick to have the space.

Using linux

Unzip the download (filename may of course change if new version is released):

gunzip sqpos303_ext.img.gz

Plug in a 2GB (min) USB stick. Find the device name of your USB stick:

sudo fdisk -l


sudo umount /dev/sdX*
sudo dd if=sqpos303_ext.img of=/dev/sdX bs=1M

Where sdX is your USB device.

Using OSX

Unzip the download (filename may of course change if new version is released):

gunzip sqpos303_ext.img.gz

Open a Terminal window. Plug in a 2GB (min) USB stick. Find the device name of your USB stick:

sudo diskutil list


sudo umount -f /dev/diskX*
sudo dd if=sqpos303_ext.img of=/dev/rdiskX bs=1m

Where rdiskX is your USB device.


Power off your joggler. Insert your newly prepared USB stick to your joggler's external USB port. Depending on the method you choose this will either boot into the SqueezeOS or it will flash the OS to the internal flash memory. If you're flashing the internal memory then read the instructions on screen. When done remove the externel USB stick and let the joggler boot into your newly installed SqueezeOS.

Setup WLAN

If you plan to use WLAN then you better configure it using the SqueezeOS GUI before we disable it in the next steps. Otherwise it will be tricky to set it up later.


ssh joggler@<your joggler's ip>

password is: joggler

Transform it to Orbiter

Adapt sources.list

SSH to joggler, "sudo su" to root and replace /etc/apt/sources.list with following content:

###### Ubuntu Main Repos
deb trusty main restricted universe multiverse 

###### Ubuntu Update Repos
deb trusty-security main restricted universe multiverse  
deb trusty-updates main restricted universe multiverse 

##### Joggler PPA
deb trusty main

#### LinuxMCE repo - main repo and shadow repo
deb trusty main
deb trusty main

Update installation to latest packages

apt-get update

Install LinuxMCE - Full Stack

Install LinuxMCE

DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-get install lmce-disked-mid-joggler -y --allow-unauthenticated --no-install-recommends


A squeezeslave/lite device will be created automatically with the lmce install. The associate squeezebox player should also be created automatically. In the webadmin you will need to set the appropriate entertainment area for the player/slave. Also choose the appropriate output device, default it the 'default' device on which the slave(lite) is installed.

Install LinuxMCE - Minimal Orbiter

Creating device in LinuxMCE

Login to your webadmin. Go to "Orbiter" and add a new device of type "Orbiter". Set the Size to "Nokia770". Choose whatever skin and language you like. Quick reload your core and let it create the Orbiter. If you wish to have the Clock displayed during downtimes then you will need to add a Child Device to this orbiter and choose the "Clock Screen Saver".

Anyway; you have a lot of work to do meanwhile :-) Check your new orbiter's device ID. You will need it below during pluto.conf creation.

Install pre requirements for Orbiter

apt-get install mysql-client libsdl-ttf2.0-0 libsdl-sge libsdl-gfx1.2-4 libsdl-image1.2 xfwm4 screen  liblinphone5 libxcursor1 lmce-clock-screen-saver

Create directory structure

mkdir -p /usr/pluto/bin
mkdir -p /usr/pluto/lib
mkdir -p /usr/pluto/locks
mkdir -p /var/log/pluto

chown -R joggler:joggler /usr/pluto
chown -R joggler:joggler /var/log/pluto

Copy needed files from your core to your joggler

This step can only be successful IF you run 1404 on your core. Otherwise the binaries and libs must be sourced elsewhere Ask in IRC if you need them.

SSH to joggler if not yet done so. You don't need to become root.
Copy the Orbiter binary and helpers:

cd /usr/pluto/bin
scp root@dcerouter:/usr/pluto/bin/Orbiter .
scp root@dcerouter:/usr/pluto/bin/ .
scp root@dcerouter:/usr/pluto/bin/ .
scp root@dcerouter:/usr/pluto/bin/ .
scp root@dcerouter:/usr/pluto/bin/ .
scp root@dcerouter:/usr/pluto/bin/pluto.func .
scp root@dcerouter:/usr/pluto/bin/ .
scp root@dcerouter:/usr/pluto/bin/ .

Copy the needed libraries:

cd /usr/pluto/lib
scp root@dcerouter:/usr/pluto/lib/* .

Note: you may need to change "dcerouter" to your core's full FQDN or to your core's IP address, depending your local environment.

Modify config files

Tell your system where to find LinuxMCE libraries needed by Orbiter:

sudo echo /usr/pluto/lib > /etc/

Create /home/joggler/ file with following content:


. /usr/pluto/bin/ 2>/dev/null

ConfGet "MyOrbiterID"
ConfGet "DCERouter"

while [ "1" == "1" ] ; do 
	cd /usr/pluto/bin
	/usr/pluto/bin/Orbiter -r $DCERouter  -d $MyOrbiterID
	sleep 15

Change mode:

chmod 755 /home/joggler/

Replace /home/joggler/.xinitrc file with the following content:

export DISPLAY=:0.0
xset +dpms
xset dpms 300 300 300

xfwm4 &

if [ -f /home/joggler/ ]; then

if [ -f /home/joggler/ ]; then

The "xset dpms 300 300 300" line sets the timeout in seconds for your joggler's screen to switch off. Feel free to change to your needs.

Create LinuxMCE configuration

"sudo su" to root and create /etc/pluto.conf with the following content:

MySqlHost =
MySqlUser = root
MySqlPassword =
MySqlDBName = pluto_main
DCERouter =
MySqlPort = 3306
DCERouterPort = 3450
Display = 0
MyOrbiterID = <ID>

Replace <ID> with the device ID of the orbiter you created above.

Optional Squeezeslave

If you want to playback audio files on your joggler via Logitech Media Server you can add the squeezeslave package:

sudo apt-get install squeezeslave

Create /home/joggler/


. /usr/pluto/bin/ 2>/dev/null

ConfGet "DCERouter"
MAC=$(ifconfig eth0 | grep "HWaddr" | sed 's/.*HWaddr \([:[:xdigit:]]*\).*$/\1/g')

while [ "1" = "1" ]; do
        /usr/bin/squeezeslave -m $MAC $DCERouter

NOTE: If you are using your Joggler with WiFi, replace "eth0" with "wlan0".

Change mode

chmod 755 /home/joggler/

If you want your squeezeslave to be a DCE device, meaning that it can be controlled by an Orbiter or my events:

  1. Go to LinuxMCE webadmin
  2. Click on "Show device tree"
  3. Expand CORE
  4. Click on "Slim Server Streamer"
  5. Click on "Create child device"
  6. Enter a description like "Joggler" and enter jogglers IP address and MAC address
  7. Click on "Pick device template" and choose DT #58

After having finished device installation you need to assign it to a room which does not yet have an MD.

  1. Click on the LinuxMCE logo in Webadmin (top left)
  2. Click on "A/V Equipment"
  3. Search for your new joggler squeezeslave, modify it's room and click the update butom on page bottom.

Quick reload DCERouter, let your orbiters rebuild and enjoy LinuxMCE playing audio on your joggler.