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So I’ve been playing around withSunSPOTs lately. Or trying to. My only x86 (32-bit) machines are an old desktop running OpenSuSE 10.1 and my eeePC. It looks like I just killed my new install on the 8GB SDHC card, so I gave the desktop a try. I’d already tried once with the install of Orange from the CD that came with them, and had NetBeans 6 installed, so I had to do some recovery. The procedure was as follows:

  1. Install all of the Java6 java-sun packages (specifically the base as devel).
  2. Download the Java 6 JDK from Sun, and install all of the RPMs.
  3. Screw with /usr/lib/jvm and get it sane - specifically, replace all of the symlinks that point to /etc/alternatives with new ones pointing to the Java6 install in /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.6.0-sun-1.6.0
  4. Delete your entire .netbeans directory (I was having serious issues with NetBeans).
  5. Start NetBeans from the command line with an explicitly set jdkhome: “netbeans —jdkhome /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.6.0-sun-1.6.0
  6. Download the SPOT plugin for NetBeans, following the instructions on Bruno Ghisi’s blog.
  7. Once installed, you should have a little SPOT-looking icon on the toolbar below “Navigate”. Click on it, and launch SPOTManager from the link in the right panel (“Sun SPOTs Info”, the link is an icon not text). Go through whatever configuration is needed.
  8. Upgrade local SDK to Purple (Click the SDK tab, select “v3.0 Purple” from the right panel, click the Upgrade button near the bottom).
  9. Upgrade your demos following davidgs’s blog posting.
  10. Upgrade all of the SPOTs to Purple (plug them in one at a time, on the SPOTManager SunSPOTs tab, click “Upgrade”).
  11. I’m still having some minor issues here. I’ll update when I have everything figured out…

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