IdeoType User Guide

Setting Up

Install required software first, then install IdeoType.



No special hardware needed. Any ordinary PC is fine.



IdeoType requires the following softtware to run (Debian package names we used for testing are in parentheses):

See Depends: field in debian/control in the distribution tarball for detail.

We use the following for development:

We recommend you use OS's with packaging system to avoid dependency problem. Excuse us for inconvenience.

Note for Windows users: While IdeoType does not directly support Windows yet, it runs on Unix-like OS in VMware, coLinux or similar virtualization software.

Note for Mac OS X users: While IdeoType does not packaged for Mac OS X yet, it is runnable if required software are properly set up using MacPorts, Fink, etc. It is not practically usable yet, though. Help for packaging are welcome.


These are not requirement, but recommended over other options.


These are not required to run the software, but may be useful when used in conjunction with.

IdeoType Distribution

Everything is available at the following site, including binary packages and source code:


Debian Package

Debian package is easy to install and also easy to uninstall. Download the .deb package and install it using dpkg.

$ sudo dpkg --install ideotype_x.y.z-*.deb
$ sudo apt-get install -f
$ sudo dpkg --install ideotype_x.y.z-*.deb

Do not forget to point to unstable and include contrib and non-free in your apt lines. If you would not want to use unstable and like to stay on stable, you can configure APT to partly use packages from unstable.


We do not recommend installation from tarball. Try to use package management system. If you dare to install using tarball, use make. Use DESTDIR to change installation directory.

$ tar zxvf ideotype-x.y.z.tar.gz
$ cd ideotype-x.y.z
$ make
$ make install DESTDIR=/home/jdoe