Arduino installation on Linux MEPIS is quite simple. On a DSL/ISDN connection, you're looking at maybe five minutes, depending on your system configuration.
To begin, enter a terminal or shell, then type:
su -c 'apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk' root
and provide the root password when prompted. This will download and install OpenJDK as root, which has permissions to install software. When it asks, type
Y and press
Enter to continue. Wait for it to finish, then move on.
This is nearly the same as before, with only one little difference: where before we installed
openjdk-7-jdk we now want to install the Arduino IDE. So, this time type:
su -c 'apt-get install arduino' root
The rest is the same.
This allows you to communicate via a serial port (which should follow the format
x is a number arbitrarily assigned by the system). Type:
su -c 'usermod -aG dialout <username>' root
where <username> is your username.
This is optional, but quite simple. Type:
and you should see something like
If not, repeat the previous step.
Plug in your Arduino board. Open the Arduino IDE in the GUI and click Tools -> Serial Ports -> /dev/ttyACMx. Unless you have more than one serial device plugged in, there will only be one entry in the list to choose from.
Congratulations! You're ready to go!
The accepted convention is to use
sudo requires you be a member of the
sudoers group. (You could also edit the supplementary files the sudoers file reads from, but this is highly NOT recommended.)
su without the
-c option will not accept a command to pass to the root shell, but will instead login to the root account. This can be dangerous, so I recommend using
su -c or (if you're already a member of the sudoers group or have an administrator handy)