Oanda fxTrade on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Linux)

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  1. jack

    jack Administrator Staff Member

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    I just updated my Lenovo x120e to Ubuntu 14.04 replacing Windows 7.

    In doing so, I noticed that the default Java implementation (OpenJDK/IceTea) didn't include a browser plugin, and worse, once I installed the browser plugin, it failed on some Java based apps I need to run.

    Namely: Oanda's fxTrade

    So, for anyone out there who made the jump to Linux (especially all you Windows XP refugees,) here's a few quick steps to getting Oanda's fxTrade running well on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:

    First up, we need to install the Oracle version of Java:

    We can go through the hassle of downloading the software right from Oracle and going through a more complicated install (their software packages are generic and need a little configuration to get installed on Ubuntu,) or, we can just grab a handy repository that will pre-package Java for us (including all needed fonts and browser plugins) and keep us updated as new releases come out.

    For that, I found some instructions here:
    http://www.webupd8.org/2012/09/install-oracle-java-8-in-ubuntu-via-ppa.html

    Which basically tells you to do this:
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    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer
    The above adds webupd8team's java repository to your Ubuntu installation. Then does a quick software update and finally installs the new Oracle java package.

    After this is run, without even having to restart your browser, the default Java used will be from Oracle and you shouldn't have any future issues with compatibility. (But do try restarting your web browser if it doesn't work right off the bat.)

    Here's fxTrade launched from Chrome running on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:

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  2. rod178

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    Why? (free is not a good reason!!)

    In all seriousness, I made the decision some time ago to ditch Linux client (and Mac OS) and stick with Windows 7. Just not worth the incompatibility pain, although I'm very pro open source, hence loath Mac OS for two reasons as well as on principle. The Vista nightmare originally prompted me to move to Linux. Win 7 moved me back.

    Windows 7 is now the new XP. Omnipresent !!
     
  3. Tansen

    Tansen Well-Known Member

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    That explains why they said their doing some "upgrades" this weekend.
     
  4. jack

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    Well, "free" would be moot given the laptop already had Win7 pro on it. I also have no reservations or biases toward or against open source...

    It was more of a workflow and personal preference thing. I've used Linux since 2001, and it was a huge aid during my IT career. I mean, with the exception of the years I spent back in school while switching my career into the financial world (school forced me to take up Windows again,) Linux has always been my main workhorse and personal OS of choice.

    Not out of any sense of geek or open source pride though.. I can't stress that enough. Some of the fanatics (especially the type that feels superior to others just because they use Linux or [insert open source software here],) do nothing but annoy me. I just aim to use what fits me best and gets the job done all the same.

    You're right though, Windows 7 is decent. I'm not trying to advocate people ditch 7 for Linux.. not at all.. stick with 7 if you have it and you're accustomed to Windows in general.
     
  5. jack

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    Unrelated.

    But FXGears does run on a linux server that I built out myself floating around in Amazon's cloud.. none of this 'turn key' / packaged LAMP stack or shared hosting deals for me; I get my hands dirty and I enjoy it thank you very much. :p
     
  6. rod178

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    Nevertheless, you still get a hat
     

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  7. beebop biz

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    im a novice with ubuntu 14 and have never installed software outside of the ubuntu software center. Can you tell me what installer to use to get the fxtrade package to run?
     
  8. beebop biz

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    nevermind, wow, its just running in java. your a genius jack, thanks for the info
     
  9. jack

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    Glad you got it working, did you follow the above instructions to install the latest Oracle Java?
     
  10. beebop biz

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    ya, just typed the terminal lines in and got java 8, very nice
     
  11. beebop biz

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    how do you run MT4 on Ubuntu?
     
  12. jack

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    http://fxgears.com/forum/index.php/topic,277.0.html
     
  13. emi0074

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    I am on Debian, MT4 and also Oanda charts,etc, run perfect
     
  14. jack

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    Yes, the process is nearly identical for Debian.
     

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