Friday, January 1, 2010

Installing MIT Scratch on Kubuntu 9.10

Installing MIT Scratch on Kubuntu 9.10

Below are the steps to get Scratch working, including playing audio (recording quality is still quite poor, but you can always record outside of Scratch).

Install PulseAudio

$ aptitide install pulseaudio pulseaudio-utils

Install the latest squeak

The Squeak package included in Ubuntu 9.10 can't play audio (wav). Fortunately, the latest version ( works. So, go to to download the binary package. However, if you try to download the .deb package, it will say that you don't have the permission. So, download the rpm install and then convert it:

$ alien Squeak-
$ dpkg -i squeak_3.11.3.2135-2_i386.deb

Install Scratch 1.4

Download the Scratch source from Unzip it and you will get the VM file ScratchSourceCode1.4.image. Before you can run it, you need to know that it relies on some "plugins" that are written in C language for each platform. So, download the source code to the plugins from that same page. Then compile them. The package contains three plugins: take one of the plugin called ScratchPlugin as an example:

$ cd ScratchPluginSrc1.4
$ cd ScratchPlugin/ScratchPlugin-linux/
$  ./
$ sudo cp ScratchPlugin /usr/lib/squeak/3.11.3-2135/so.ScratchPlugin

For the UnicodePlugin, you need to do some extra steps:

$ su aptitude install libpangomm-1.4-dev
$ su aptitude install libcairo2-dev
$ add an option no-stack-protector to the gcc command in the file:
       gcc -fno-stack-protector -fPIC -Wall -c `pkg-config --cflags pangocairo` *.c
$  ./
$ sudo cp UnicodePlugin /usr/lib/squeak/3.11.3-2135/so.UnicodePlugin

Running it

To run Scratch, type:

$ squeak ScratchSourceCode1.4.image

It should work.