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Karmic Koala Dell Mini 12 - 12-06-2009, 02:21 AM
Testing Karmic Koala right now. Runs much, much snappier than 8.04 Dellbuntu.
Boot: about the same. Not starting some programs on boot using BUM helps a lot for boot speed. (yes, apt-get install bum)
Firefox: way better. Pages load fast. Many more pages can be loaded without slowdown. Flash is slightly better... still has problems, but better.
Wireless: connects much faster, especially after suspend without messing with scripts.
Google earth: much more responsive. I don't know if this is due to updated graphics or just an updated version of google earth.
Terminal Server: Seems to work much better, especially when using gigabit ethernet usb dongle. Transfer is up to 400Mbps instead of 250 or so. I don't know if this will matter to most people, but I use RDP a lot.
mplayer-vaapi/gstreamer: about the same, had to buy fluendo codecs ($30) to get same performance out of gstreamer as dellbuntu.
Installing this was a pain. Firstly, the wireless doesn't work out of the box, so you have to plug in to ethernet which also is flaky.
Do the following in this order:
sudo aptitude update;sudo aptitude safe-upgrade
(possibly reboot again to get ethernet to work)
Do Broadcom STA
You can also get gigabit usb to work now if you have a compatible device. If you try to install proprietary drivers before the safe-upgrade, all hell breaks loose. At least it did for me.
Video is not accelerated by default, need to follow these instructions:
If you do the safe-upgrade, the part about the system not booting and needing to print this out and run single user mode does not apply as it comes up fine and you just need to do the last step after the first one and a reboot. After this compiz is not working, but I don't use that anyway. Other 3d applications such as google earth work very well.
Sound does not work until you install pulse-audio, sudo apt-get remove --purge pulse-audio (or aptitude purge). Someone posted to change the last line of /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
#options snd-hda-intel power_save=10 power_save_controller=N
options snd-hda-intel model=dell
I don't think this is necessary though as it works fine after uninstalling pulse-audio.
The only thing I can't get working is brightness control and I did try appending noapic in /etc/default/grub
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash noapic"
A bit funky and not as out-of-the-box friendly as dellbuntu, but works better than 8.10 or 9.04. Haven't had a single weird crash or anything and suspend mode has come back every time.
Can hardly wait for 10.4, hopefully there are more improvements.
Also, I am running i386 now instead of lpia as canonical announced they won't release a 10.4 lpia version.
edit: looks like mplayer-vaapi craps out. Need to obtain gstreamer-vadec for h264 videos in totem as well. Still a work in progress at this point.
second edit: I reinstalled and split the disk for now, can't live without HD movie playback. Will keep trying to get 9.10 to work with libvadec, but it doesn't look promising.
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01-08-2010, 04:34 AM
Ubuntu Forums - View Single Post - [ubuntu] Installing on the Dell Mini 12
These instructions fixes all of the power and brightness problems in 9.10
Still working on acceleration. Maybe will have to compile a new gstreamer.
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