Last (but not least) post on Shell-fm: on Windows 7.

You may say I’m in love with shell-fm, and that’s pretty much true since I’m in love with, so in love that I want it (shell-fm) also on Windows systems.
Now it’s time to do the installation on a completely development-tools free system. Unlike debian and mac os x, there’s no gcc, make and so on. BAD, really BAD (the whole process is gonna be a 30 minute work, shame on you Windows!)

Let’s try to fix it installing a Unix-like environment with Cygwin!
That’s it, download&install Cygwin.
During installation be sure to select to install at least these packages(use the search toolbar):



libao (all that you can find),







then hit next and let the tool install the unix system for you.

Begin downloading shell-fm with git.

As for the mac version, install libmad manually, giving a


(version may differ or maybe not, it’s an old project) in a cygwin terminal session and then ‘unzipp it’ with

tar -zxvf libmad-0.15.1b.tar.gz

then procede with the usual process of ./configure , make e make install ( not as root, cygwin does not have a root user).

Go here for libmad installation process and shell-fm installation process: now that we have a unix system with cygwin it’s is pretty much the same thing on windows too
The only thing to do is to copy libmad libraries into the right place, like so:

cd /usr/local/lib/
cp * /usr/lib/gcc/i686-pc-cygwin/3.4.4/

and then do make of shell-fm, and make install.
Now a bunch of images during the process. Enjoy!

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Morrissey with a cat on his head

Morrissey with a cat on his head

Java Installations on Windows 7

As usual, something does not work right away, and you lose those two or three hours to wander the Internet looking for useful solutions.
This time it’s the turn of Java, the java media framework package for Windows.
On Windows 7, I launched the executable, but nothing appears, then rerun several times, but still nothing appears.
I gave up and start doing other things, for ten minutes more or less, and then about 4 or 5 installers of the JMF came up on screen. Nice!

Also I remember that on Windows 7 I recently had problems with Java installations, for Matlab7.0.

The problem shared by this type of installation is a problem of compatibility of the jdk (IMHO) with Windows 7.

0. Right-click the executable installation and select the voice file properties, and then go to the compatibility section
1. tick the box to use the mode compatibility
2. choose the compatibility with Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (the really-working  compatibility option for this kind of things)
3. make sure you launch the executable as an administrator

In the end, installation starts where it didn’t started before (for matlab 7), and starts instantly (instead of waiting tens of minutes ) for JMF.
I hope that this will come in handy in some way.


This ‘trick’ also works for Tomboy notes, typical note-app for linux, also available for windows after installing gtk#