This is a complete noob guide for those who are unfamiliar with ubuntu. Those who are will prob not need this guide. Fortunately I had a friend who was familiar with ubuntu to show me a few things.
For those of you who are unaware Ubuntu is a form of linux. It is a highly stable and highly secure operating system. It is completely free and open source (you are allowed to backwards engineer and modify it).
Fortunately both tunerstudio and megalog viewer both have ubuntu versions available so there is no need to run wine (a program that allows you to run widnows applications on linux).
Here are links for both of them
On both of them be sure to choose the Non-Windows download.
Now with these there is no install wizard as there is on windows. In fact there really isnt even an install process. You simply unpack and run the proper .sh file and you are going.
For tunerstudio you run the TunerStudio.sh file and NOT the TunerStudio32.sh file
In megalog viewer you run the MegaLogViewer.sh file.
When you open these files you will have four different options. Click on run.
For megalog viewer you will need to have java runtime. Directions on that are here.
If you are anything like me you are not going to want to navigate through your folders everytime you want to open up these programs.
You will probably want a desktop shortcut or like me an application menu selection.
Now the FIRST thing you will need to do before making a shortcut is to display (not run) the .sh file and make sure the file directory path is correct. I believe that if you have left tunerstudio exactly where you unpacked it then it should be correct. Or if you moved it like me then you will need to edit it. Eithor way you should check to be sure.
After you click display on the .sh file you should get a window something like this
Now that applications folder isnt default on ubuntu. I added that folder in the home folder.
I recomend doing something similar so that as you install these type of programs on your ubuntu laptop that there is some sort of organization going on.
Then you will need to do the same with the MegaLogViewer.sh file. Except when I unpacked that it didnt even have that directory my pointer is pointing at in the pic. So I copied and pasted the one from the tunerstudio.sh file and edited it accordingly.
Now that you have the programs operational it is time to make your shortcuts. And you MUST correct the directories before you make the shortcuts other wise you will need to go into the shortcuts and edit their directories to match. Even if you run directly off the .sh file and you relocate the folder you will have to correct the directory before even that will work.
The desktop shortcut is the easiest one to do. Simply right click on the proper .sh file and then click 'make link'. Then a link (shortcut) will appear in that same folder. Just click and drag that to your desktop and you are done.
If you are like me you are going to want an applications menu selection instead. Just right click on the applications menu and click edit menus. On the left hand side you can select what category you want it in or you can just click new item on the right hand side and have it directly on the applications menu. I chose to make a new category titled "car tuning" and put them both in there. To make a new category click on applications in the upper left and click new menu on the right hand side.
Once you have decided how you want the menu to be organized then you click on "new item" on the right hand side (be sure to have the proper category selected). Then title what you want it to be called and for the command click browse and locate the proper .sh file. Once you have got that click on ok and you are done. When you are done your menu editor should look something like this.
Here is one last screenshot showing both the programs running.
I am running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
I had no problems with the db9 port and tunerstudio recognizing my diypnp.
I dont know anything about using the usb adapter with ubuntu. I would check the ubuntu forums for that or just do a google search.