I have subsequently installed exactly the same software, in the same way, on the more recent LTS Ubuntu (10.04), but the installation we will be using in class is a little different (for reasons I will explain when I update the installation notes).
Here are some installation notes to guide you in setting up Player/Stage on your computer.
Like all installation notes:
The more you deviate from what I say, the bigger the chance of it not working.
I'm not qualified to say anything about installing it other than that I found that it worked right out of the box on a range of platforms from old Dell Hardware through new Dell hardware to MacBook Pro and even a quad-processor Mac Pro, though the latter had a few issues with screen drivers.
If you get stuck, try googling:
Ubuntu model-of-your-computerand with any luck someone will have put up a web page with installation notes for your model. Open source is like that.
You probably won't need all of these, since I don't think we'll get to playing with cameras, but this is what I did and I don't have anything to say about what works if you don't install all of these.
sudo apt-get install package-nameor the Synaptic package manager install:
Finally, I also installed xemacs since I like to edit using it. You can install whatever your favorite editor is.
These don't come as precompiled packages, so you need to grab the source and build them.
If you haven't, do the following.
If there are, well something is missing, and you need to backtrack through the messages to find out what to do, which is typically to install some additional software.
Once this works for libtool, repeat for gsl
You just have to build Player/Stage in the same way you built libtool and gsl:
Just remember to unpack the code using tar xvfz project1.tgz first.