Wednesday, 16 June 2010

best-intel PPA for improved Linux Intel graphics

One of the Launchpad members has produced a PPA for improved performance with Intel graphic cards, which should be of benefit for people using Asus U/UL Series laptops, Acer Timeline/TimelineX, Sony Vaio Z-series09 and 10 laptops, Dell Adamo, Dell Latitude E-series, Dell Vostro Thin series, HP dm3 series and Toshiba T100/T115/T135 series laptops, as well as Sony Vaio Y-series and certain HP Envy series models.
best-intel : Guiodic (Guido Iodice)
Packages in order to have better performance with Intel graphic cards.

Install the latest kernel in this ppa and upgrade intel driver and mesa.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Acer Timeline/TimelineX Launchpad Linux team reaches 200 members

The Acer Timeline/TimelineX Launchpad Linux team has now reached the landmark of 200 registered team members. This team started about a year ago to cover the needs of Linux users for the Acer Timeline series of laptops, including the 3810T, 3810TG, 4810T, 4810TG, 5810T, 5810TG, 5820TG, Acer TravelMate 8371, 8471, etc, and recently also the TimelineX Linux users, including the 3820TG and 4820TG models.

Over the last year, the active and engaged community of Linux users in this team has brought up the level of compatibility with new modules, like the hybrid graphics cold switch module. This module has recently been reported to work for one of the latest models, the Acer Timeline 3820TG. We expect the numbers to keep increasing once the latest round of models reaches worldwide distribution. Only the Sony Vaio Z-series Launchpad Linux team has more registered users, and the Acer Timeline/TimelineX team is quickly catching up.

Linux Toshiba T135 (T100 Series) Headphone Jack howto

options snd-hda-intel model="olpc-xo-1_5"



Thursday, 3 June 2010

Sony Vaio Z11 Kubuntu with Nvidia card working

Reposting from the sony-vaio-z-series Launchpad Linux mailing list:
[Sony-vaio-z-series] VPCZ1190X Speed mode install working! (So far)
Following thunderbee's recent invaluable guide, I was able to get
Kubuntu 10.4 installed on the VPCZ1190X.

As expected, I have to boot an older kernel each time to get the speed
switch set, and I used the xorg.conf file at the end of the document
(works great!)

A couple points of note (quite obvious to most linux users, but still
useful toward the intended goal of creating a guide for the 'new' linux

for the commands:
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dpkg -i linux-image-2.6.34-020634-generic_2.6.34-020634_i386.deb linux-
headers-2.6.34-020634_2.6.34-020634_all.deb linux-

in the guide, replace all instances of 'i386' with your processor
architecture ('amd64' for mine, and I think most new Z series laptops,
or any 64 bit processor)

if you are sshing into the computer to install Kubuntu as recommended,
remember that you'll have to login as the main system account (not root
like in the recovery console), and use 'sudo' before most commands.
Remember to either make a strong password or disable ssh password
authentication after you're done installing Kubuntu and have a GUI.

if you need to copy/paste the xorg.conf file from the guide (i.e. you
don't have one from a previous install), you'll also need to get a
commandline text editor - vim works:
copy file text, then in terminal (minus the 's)
'sudo apt-get install vim'
'sudo vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf'
'i' #enter text insert mode
#(paste text)
'esc' #back to command mode
':wq' #save and quit

I now have Kubuntu working fine with the nVidia card!

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Fedora 12 ASUS UL50Ag report

Reposting an installation report for Linux Fedora 12 on an ASUS UL50Ag laptop (with no nvidia card):
Re: [Asus-ul30] UL50VT
I have an UL50Ag running Fedora 12. The battery life is usually between 6-7 hours (powertop squeezes out maybe another hour), using wifi, highest brightness and all. The function keys are all working, except the brightness control. I managed to 'unflip' the camera in skype with the workaround suggested on this list. Microphone doesn't seem to be working, but I haven't rechecked in some time now.

I've already seen some improvement with recent kernels (power-management wasn't working initially), so I'm confident that the other stuff will also be resolved soon :)