I am trying to run this program (https://www.scarabee-software.net/en/siren.html) on Ubuntu 18.04 and it won't start.

Requirements Windows : XP minimum GNU/Linux : GTK2 mandatory

Installation No installation needed, unzip and run

I tried sudo apt-get install gtk2.0, reboot, but still does not start.

Do I need to do something else?

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    The instructions are "No installation needed, unzip and run". So what difficulty did you face? – DK Bose Aug 22 '18 at 13:49
  • The author post an answer on his forum here "scarabee-software.net/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=1517#p1517"). Want to thank Norbert for being so helpful. I didn't try his solution but it should work as he has demonstrated. – John Aug 24 '18 at 0:43

Just tested on clean Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
Simply downloaded and extracted the software

cd ~/Downloads
wget https://www.scarabee-software.net/download/Siren_314_gnulinux_amd64.tar.gz
tar -xf Siren_314_gnulinux_amd64.tar.gz
cd Siren

Then got the following error about missed obsolete libng12:

$ ./siren
./siren: error while loading shared libraries: libpng12.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

So we need to download and install this library manually from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:

wget http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/libp/libpng/libpng12-0_1.2.54-1ubuntu1.1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i libpng12-0_1.2.54-1ubuntu1.1_amd64.deb

then it comlains about missed canberra-gtk-module

$ ./siren
Gtk-Message: 19:16:12.501: Failed to load module "canberra-gtk-module"

so we need to install it

sudo apt-get install libcanberra-gtk-module

and finally

$ ./siren

Siren on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Note: Siren will work normally on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS as they have libpng12 preinstalled.

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  • Thank you for your time and effort in answering my question. I got an answer from the author with solution like your and it works. Thanks again – John Aug 24 '18 at 0:31

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