I want to install Synthesia, but the creators didn't bother with a Linux version (as usual). They said it would run under Wine 1.4, but my wine is higher than that apparently, and I don't know how to downgrade it. However, I saw that someone had made a Linux version called Linthesia [hypertext removed due to low reputation - <10 reputation = >2 links not allowed in posts] and put it up on Sourceforge in the form of a .src.tgz file. I have installed both Synthesia and Linthesia and currently am able to use neither (the audio doesn't work in Synthesia under my current version of Wine). Could someone please walk me through the steps of either installing Linthesia from the .src.tgz file or downgrading my Wine.


Yes, there is a README in the .src.tgz file. There is also a makefile, but when I tried to make, it didn't work because the files are still in the .src.tgz and not on my computer. Here is a screenshot of the contents of the file.

Ariel, your answer worked until it came to installing the build dependencies. I installed build-essential and it worked fine. I then tried to install the rest of the packages and got error messages, which can be viewed here.

  • Support for a third party application is going to be limited at best. Why not use a linux native solution ? What are you trying to do exactly? See askubuntu.com/questions/141344/… and askubuntu.com/questions/19764/… – Panther Jul 7 '14 at 16:17
  • Also, you state you installed both apps, but it is not working. What did yod do exactly? – Panther Jul 7 '14 at 16:17
  • I downloaded the .src.tgz from SourceForge and the Synthesia.exe from the Synthesia website. – Numailia Jul 7 '14 at 16:25
  • What is in the src.tgz? Is there a README? There is a .deb on the website as well, did you try that? – Panther Jul 7 '14 at 16:26
  • Which website? a .deb would make this whole process so much easier. – Numailia Jul 7 '14 at 16:26

Extract the .tgz in a directory of your choice. I usually pick /tmp for speed:

cd /tmp
tar -xzvf linthesia-0.4-2.src.tgz

Install build-essential and the packages specified in linthesia/BUILD-DEPENDS:

sudo apt-get install build-essential libgtkmm-2.4-dev \
libgconfmm-2.6-dev libgtkglextmm-x11-1.2-dev libasound2-dev

Since there is no configure script, compile right away, passing DESTDIR=your_destination_directory:

make install DESTDIR=/opt/linthesia
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    See post edits above – Numailia Jul 7 '14 at 18:11

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