O.k. I think I got the answer to this one if you are running ATI graphics that is. (MIGHT WORK FOR NVIDIA CARDS)
1. Install Kubuntu 7.04-7.10
2. If you have any video drivers enabled by "RESTRICTED DRIVERS MANAGER" disable them
3. Download Envy and Install
4. Use Envy to install ATI drivers and reboot
5. Install LinuxMCE 7.04-7.10
6. After install restart your computer and run LMCE and hopefully orbiter will start for you.
Orbiter would not start on my computer because of an outdated driver provided through ubuntu repositories.
Note: My ATI card is an integrated Readon X1250
**The procedure below has been added to the Wiki now here http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Display_Drivers#Installing_The_ATI_Driver
Here's the procedure I use for setting up an ATI X1250 MD. Currently the the AVwizard in 0710 does not configure ATI cards properly so you need to to do some manual steps to get things working.
Add the MD in the normal way (ie plug it into the network and let it add itself). Let it reboot and then it should run the AVwizard. Choose the options you want - output connector, resolution, refresh.... UI2 with Overlay etc etc and complete the wizard. Now the screen will return to a console screen and will after 5-10 mins will try to run the setup Wizard... but the setup Wizard will run very slowly and the video of 'Sarah' will not play smoothly. This is because the ATI drivers are not installed yet and the X driver is set to 'vesa'.
From another machine ssh into the partially installed MD. Do the following from the console;
sudo su - <return>
ssh moonNN <return> (**where the NN is the device number for the MD we're configuring**)
Now we're logged into the MD we are configuring as 'root' and we can install the ATI drivers and configure Xorg.conf;
Firstly make sure our sources.list is up to date:
apt-get update <return>
Now lets install the ATI driver and packages;
apt-get install linux-restricted-modules-generic restricted-manager <return>
Answer 'Y' to installing new packages then do the following steps;
apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx <return>
depmod -a <return>
So far so good... now we have the ATI drivers installed! (the current driver in the repos is not the latest ATI release an updated driver will be packaged soon though). Now we have to configure Xorg to use it! Do the steps below;
I use the console text editor 'joe' below but you can use whichever you prefer ('nano' is installed by default for example);
joe /etc/X11/xorg.conf <return>
Now you are editing the xorg.conf of your MD and the only change you need to make is to the 'Device' section. In the 'Device' section you will see a line thats says;
Change the string 'vesa' to 'fglrx' which is the name of the ATI driver. The updated driver line should look like below;
Now save the changes you have made to xorg.conf.
Now reboot the MD from the console with;
The MD will now reboot normally and the setup wizard will run again.... but this time the video and the Ui will run smoothly as the ATI driver is installed and confgured.
Now currently the ATI driver will not run UI2 with transparency but it will run UI2 with overlay very nicely indeed. There are two small caveats to running UI2 with Overlay currently with the ATI driver in that the 'Compass Rose' on screen menu for selecting DVD chapters, Lighting levels etc etc and the 'Zoom & Aspect ratio' screen when playing Video do not draw correctly - the bit maps for the menus do not display but the menus do work. We hope to fix this soon though.
Anyway hopefully the above will get you up and running on the X1250 ;-)
All the best