got it installed on debian8 and it starts but seems broken for debian8 + lightdm + MATE Gnome2 Desktop. (at least not in that Hyper-V VM)

not highly important but would be fun 😀 (you will need JavaScript to be turned on to see ANYTHING on that page)

Florence is integrated in the Ardesia project (could not find any way to install it but anyway)

on debian8:

wget; # for 32Bit

wget; # for 64Bit

mirror: ardesia_1.1-1.deb

apt-get update; # as usual

dpkg -i ardesia_1.1-1_i386.deb; # try to install manually downloaded package – not from online-repository (app-store so to speak :-D)

apt-get install xcompmgr; # it needs that too

apt-get install libgsf-1-114; # install libgsf-1-114 – Structured File Library – runtime version

apt-get -f install; # install dependencies of the dependencies

you can try then start in terminal:


and then start via menu or terminal


but for debian8 gnome2 mate it does not seem to work.

i got it to work

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I used Ubuntu 14.04 for testing with Ardesia from source repository.

  • Ardesia 1.1-1 from Repo gets SEGFAULT.
  • Ardesia from source with default openbox, flash my drawing for second before closing.

(In VBox with fresh Lubuntu, only Ardesia 1.0-1/Precise pre-build worked for me)

  1. Install compiz and ccsm
    sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager metacity
  2. Open CCSM:
    • General category → Enable Composite , Gnome Compatibility & OpenGL
    • Effects → Enable Window Decoration
    • Window Management → Enable Move Window, Resize Window (as minimum, you can enable any option you want)

    Other way, I have exported my Compiz settings

    • Create a text file, add these to it (skipped defaults):
      s0_active_plugins = core;composite;opengl;decor;gnomecompat;resize;move;
      s0_refresh_rate = 50

      Or my full settings export here.

    • CCSM → Preferences → Import
  3. Run compiz
    compiz --replace &
  4. Run Ardesia

Ardesia is the free digital sketchpad software that help you to make colored free-hand annotations with digital ink everywhere, record it and share on the network. It is easy to use and impressively fast and reactive. You can draw upon the desktop or import an image and annotate it and redistribute your work to the world. Let’s create quick sketch and artwork.
Pietro Pilolli <> of the Ardesia project has contributed back a significant amount of code to the Florence project, including the original ramble input method implementation, bug fixes and other patches that have yet to be merged.

Arnaud Andoval <>, Stéphane Ancelot <> and Laurent Bessard <> from Numalliance have contributed a lot of code, including the gnome panel applet implementation, bug fixes and more patches that have yet to be merged.

You might also want to checkout: Painting tool Ardesia

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