Installing NVU

For : MEPIS Linux

 While MEPIS Linux already comes with two powerful HMTL editors onboard, found in Open Office and Mozilla Composer, neither program really is as user friendly as say, Macromedia Dreamweaver.  We want something that is simple, powerful, and can be used in both Windows and Linux. 

While many people in the open source world hold bitter thoughts towards Michael Robertson's Linspire Corporation, there is no contesting that Linspire does try to lead the move to making Linux more friendly on the desktop. 

 Anyways, Linspire is the corp behind NVU.  NVU is the "next step" to Mozilla Composer.  Much like Mozilla Mail was broken out into the program called Thunderbird, so NVU is broken out from Composer.  The following two screen caps should give an initial idea of the differences.

Mozilla Composer


NVU brings quite a few improvements to the Composer system, and runs roughly the same no matter which platform NVU is on.  So lets get started on grabbing an HTML editor.

1: NVU is an application that is not found in Debian's Apt-get, thus getting the program involves going online.  Go ahead and open up Mozilla.

2: Once Mozilla is open, type into the address bar.

3:  Once is up, click on the link that says download

4: We should now be at the Download page.  Scroll down until you see nvu-0.50-pc-linux-gnu.tar.gz

5: Right click and choose  Save Link Target As

6: Mozilla should put the download in our /home/ section, so just hit save

7: At this point we are waiting for the download to finish

8: Once the download is complete, open up Personal Files

9: We should see the tar.gz file we downloaded from, so right click, then choose the option in the menu that says Ark

Ark is the Linux equivalent to WinZip or WinRar.  If you come across a .zip or .rar file, you can use Ark to open those types of files as well.

10: Once Ark is open, click on the button that says Extract

11: Once the extract box is up, click on the little blue folder icon to open up a folder browser

12: Once the folder browser is open, click on New Folder

13:  Once in the New Folder box, type in NVU

14: Now the extract to should have /home/(yourname)/NVU inside. Hit ok

15: Now our Personal Files folder should have a new folder that says NVU. Go ahead and open the new folder up

16: There should be a folder inside that says nvu-0.50 and inside that folder is the NVU program

17: To get a link on the desktop, find the NVU shellscript and drag the icon onto the desktop

18: Choose link here

19: Then simply click on the new icon.

Document made with Nvu


In the original article, I stated the following:

I'm not so sure removing the Root account is a smart way to accomplish that goal, so I'll stick with MEPIS.


When I sent the guide over to Linspire, and received the following response

 BTW, the comment about removing the root account is
not accurate.  To be more accurate what some people have complained
about is the fact that we don't force users when installing Linspire to
create user accounts.  Of course they can create user accounts if they
wish and Linspire runs perfectly under a user account but we don't force
them to.  So, if someone did not create a user account during
installation, then by default they are running under their root account.


shimata. My mistake.