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Join Date: Feb 2009
Installing Jaunty lpia - 04-10-2009, 12:45 PM
A few installer bugs have been fixed this week, and it is now possible to install Jaunty for lpia architecture onto the dell mini.
Here is what I did:
1. Download the current alternate install ISO. This is the latest build, not the beta.
2. Use usb-creator to put the installation media on a USB stick.
3. Boot from the USB stick and follow the prompts.
You now have a bootable system, but it's not quite finished, because linux-lpia was not installed, which means that you don't have the module for the wireless card. I'm investigating this and will eventually open a bug about it. For now, it's easy to work around. You have two options:
1. Connect to the internet with ethernet and 'sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install linux-lpia'.
2. If ethernet isn't an option, install linux-lpia from your USB stick.
After this, 'sudo modprobe wl' will turn on your wireless for this session. It will happen automatically on reboot in the future.
Finally, if you prefer the UNR interface on the mini, 'sudo apt-get install ubuntu-netbook-remix'. This will install all of the core UNR programs from the Jaunty repo. No need to configure for PPA any more.
My next step will be to decide on a test strategy that will help me determine what kind of benefit (if any) comes with the lpia architecture vs. i386. Suggestions are welcome :-)
Join Date: Apr 2009
Re: Installing Jaunty lpia - 04-29-2009, 07:13 PM
I haven't done an actual test, but in my 80 minute class yesterday battery life went from a reported 83.something to 54.something. So I'd say ... 80 minutes=30%? 240 minutes=90%, roughly? ... That'd be about 4 hours.
Compounding the problem is the fact that I don't exactly remember it. :P
-2 GB RAM
-4 GB SSD [2 GB SD Card: getting 16 GB SDHC]
Sold for $180 so I could buy Mini 10, XP/Ubuntu, 160GB HD, 1GB RAM, 1366x768 screen, 6-cell for $260.
[Extra screen space IS AMAZING, as is having a working keyboard]
Join Date: Feb 2009
Re: Installing Jaunty lpia - 05-01-2009, 09:07 PM
FWIW ... I recently reinstalled from the released lpia alternate install CD. I can now confirm that the alternate install CD can be used to install the lpia architecture build without any special tweaking to get the necessary kernel and/or modules installed. The steps are now: put it on the USB, boot from the USB, answer the questions, reboot, login. This will give you an lpia ubuntu-desktop install.
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