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Hate Unity in Ubuntu 11.04

Posted by anjilslaire on April 8, 2011

Just my own opinion of course. Installed it on a box @work. Boy am I glad I can opt for ‘Classic’ mode from GDM and keep compiz and Gnome intact…
And yes I used Unity on the Netbook edition on the Mini 9 previously. Made me switch to Gnome on the small screen as well after being a big fan of the Netbook interface.
Please don’t make me switch to XFCE again, too.

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Maverick Netbook impressions

Posted by anjilslaire on October 12, 2010

So I installed Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Maverick Meercat on the Mini 9 the other day, and after a bit of adjustment to the new GUI, I think it’s a nice release. Everyrhing worked straight out of the install. With my replacement Intel 3945 wifi card, my system doesn’t need any restricted drivers to work.

Of course, the factory Broadcom wifi card shouldn’t have any driver issues in the future since Broadcom open sourced their drivers.

Boot time is improved, and there are actually 4 work spaces, like gnome. Also, there’s a slick menu on the left side, saving the limited vertical resolution.

The only real tweaks I’ve made include disabling the user list in GDM, so you need to type the user name as well as password. This is a very portable system. Should it be stolen, why would I want to give the thieves half of my login credentials? The code to do this is:

sudo gconftool-2 –direct –config-source xml:readwrite:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.mandatory –type Boolean –set /apps/gdm/simple-greeter/disable_user_list True

Also, I’m not a fan of Empathy, so I replace it with Pidgin. Gwibber rocks for Twitter, though.

By the way, Wesnoth plays nicely at 1024×600 while mobile.

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Battery in place, Maverick incoming

Posted by anjilslaire on October 9, 2010

Got the new 8cell battery for the Mini 9, and its great. Full charge reports 10:20 battery time, & I think that’s pretty accurate.

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick is coming tomorrow, and I can’t wait to install & check out the new Unity netbook GUI. I’ve been running the x64 Beta of regular Ubuntu and is pretty slick, so I don’t anticipate many isues with this release.

On that note (and I know I tweeted about it) while we may see the bits already available in some places, its recommended not to grab them until the official release is announced due to last-minute possibleĀ  changes. Full details & explanation here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1589308.

I’ll be grabbing the torrent from a local university.

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New battery enroute for Mini 9

Posted by anjilslaire on October 4, 2010

So I saw that mydigitaldiscount has a replacement extended battery in stock for the Dell Mini 9. My current original 3-cell battery is completely dead, so I’m hoping the new 8-cell will do the trick.

I should have it in a week, and will post results later. Hopefully my netbook will be resurrected in time for 10.10

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64-bit Ubuntu upgrade

Posted by anjilslaire on September 17, 2010

I’ve finally replaced my aging Athlon XP 3200+ system with a new Dell XPS tower:
AMD Athlon II x4 630
4gigs ram
AMD Radeon 5450 1gig
640gig HDD

Nothing super snazzy, but a huge upgrade for me. It’s dual-booted with a clean install of Win7 home premium x64 & more importantly Ubuntu 10.04×64, which is where the focus of this blog will shift to.

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BIOS A06 updated on Mini 9 sans Windows

Posted by anjilslaire on July 8, 2010

So I packaged up the Windows A06 bios for the Dell Mini 9 in a dos-bootable form, available on Olylug.org here: http://olylug.org/read.php?1,20142.

Just extract the zip onto a dos-bootable usb drive, and from a DOS prompt, cd to \910A06\ and run 910A06.BAT.

I’ve been waiting to update my linux netbook, and finally got around to it. Too bad Dell doesn’t make it easy šŸ˜¦

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Ubuntu Netbook Lucid -restore Volume

Posted by anjilslaire on May 15, 2010

Just a quick note/self-reminder.

So I don’t use Evolution. Webmail is more my thing. After installing the 10.4 release of Ubuntu Netbook Edition on the Mini 9, I remove Evolution to save a bit of space on the SSD.

However, this removed the volume Control icon on the top panel. I also discovered that in 10.4 UNE, the panel is locked, and you cannot add new icons easily.

Never fear. After 2 days of looking, I have the answer: Open your terminal & do as follows:

sudo apt-get install indicator-sound

Log out & back in. Done. Thank me later.

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Karmic encryption context-menu

Posted by anjilslaire on February 19, 2010

So it appears that the ability to right-click a file and easily encrypt it has removed from Karmic.

Luckily, it’s easy enough to restore with seahorse-plugins:

sudo apt-get install seahorse-plugins

Done.

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Wesnoth: Netbook style

Posted by anjilslaire on February 14, 2010

So after a clean install of Karmic on the Mini 9, I decided to try some games on it again. 1st up was a perennial favorite: Battle for Wesnoth. a simple

sudo apt-get install wesnoth

and I was in business.Ā  However, while the game is not terribly resource-intensive, it was a bit of a trick getting it to display properly on the 1024×600 screen, due to the bottom of the main game screen being off of the display, with no amount of moving it helping. Also, the preferences option was unavailble as well.

The solution is simple:

wesnoth –smallgui

This loaded the game at a lower resolution, allowing me to get into Preferences>Display>Change Resolution.

Bam, they even have an option for 1024×600 natively :). Now the game plays great, and remembers the resolution set in the GUI.

Next time I’ll see about getting a native linux install of Neverwinter Nights on the netbook. Now that would be some RPG fun on the go…

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Gridwars, Karmic-style

Posted by anjilslaire on December 8, 2009

So, I became a fan of GridWars inĀ  no small part to RedDead’s article on Ubuntumini.com.

However, under Karmic Koala, GridWars refuses to launch, even with the changes to the config file. This is due to the game requiring libstdc++.so.5, which simply is not available in Ubuntu 9.10 When running the game, you get:

/Downloads/gridwars_lin$ ./gridwars
./gridwars: error while loading shared libraries: libstdc++.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Also, if you use a deb from getdeb.net built for Intrepid or Jaunty, the installer reports an unresolveable dependency.

The solution is to install libstdc++.so.5. From where? Get a handy .deb from packages.debian.org. It installs perfectly on Ubuntu 9.10, and then you can install Gridwars from the official page here.

I’ve had issues getting the gridwars .debs to run properly on the netbook remix due to the resolution even after setting the config, so I just get the archive & run it after installing the libstdc++.so.5. Works great.

Give it a whirl.

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