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Disappointed in not having Google Chrome for your favourite Linux distro ? Now you shouldn’t be. Fetch the Google Chrome packages from here. They are on the development stage and wouldn’t be a stable one. But you can give it a try. Features like Flash will not work in this release. Installing Google Chrome will add the google repository so your system will automatically keep Chrome up to date. (If you don’t want Google’s repository, do “sudo touch /etc/defaults/google-chrome” before installing the package.)
I bought a new Toshiba Satellite L310 Notebook last week. It is my first laptop and I’m happy that I bought it with my own money (from my salary). Weeks before I took the Tosh, I had been looking for a good laptop which would be a nice pickup taking into account the price, configuration and style. I was planning to take a Dell Inspiron 14 or Dell Inspiron 15 before I had changed my mind to the HP Pavilion Series. But the HP Pavilion laptops I liked were not there in the retail shops and Amazon (Actually there was, but they wouldn’t ship to India). After some time surfing the web, my eyes stuck into a review of Asus EeePC at Register. It is a netbook (meant for common tasks such as browsing, e-mail etc.) with a mind-blowing battery backup of 9Hrs (but the absence of optical drive is a compromise). For the next few weeks there was not even a single other notebook in my mind. But when I reached home from Chennai, one of my cousin, who is working in a Computer Peripherals Marketing Company told me about the Tosh. He said that one is the best one they’re having now at their showroom. After explaining the configurations of the Tosh, I began to think that taking a netbook only is a waste and made up my mind to take a Tosh instead.
Next day I visited the retail shop and purchased a Toshiba Satellite L310-D4012 (I still donno why the model is not showing in the official Tosh website). Its not that bad in looks, infact I liked the lappie on first sight itself. The only think I didnt’t like about Tosh is that its colour is not black, its metallic silver. Here is my Tosh’s spec
Now you would be thinking about the price Huh? It might be 45K or 40K. But tell you the truth. I got this machine for just 33500/-, the best deal as they said and for sure it is.
Then the only problem infront of me was the Tosh’s Linux support. I installed the latest Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope to my new Tosh and I got really excited to see the Tosh working just fine under Linux. Here I will tell you about the hardwares I tested.
Resolution : Native (Out of the box)
Wireless : Working (Out of the box)
Camera : Working (Out of the box)
Audio : Working (Out of the box)
Fingerprint scanner : Works with AES1610 driver in libfprint eventhough lsusb shows AES1600.
Bluetooth : Will work if enabled (Fn + F8 will not enable BT, but you need to enable it from Windows)
Functional Keys : Working except bluetooth’s Fn + F8
ACPI functions : Partially working as toshiba_acpi module doesn’t support Phoenix BIOS. But function like suspend, hibernate, brightness adjustents etc. will work.
Note: Some of the ACPI functions are not working because of the Phoenix BIOS. I think a BIOS update will resolve the issue of not having an option to turn on the bluetooth in BIOS Settings. I searched the web for ACPI configuration, but even the omnibook modules didn’t work for me.
Some Tricks : If you feel you’re having low volume on Jaunty, try this. Add the following line to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
options snd-hda-intel position_fix=1 model=3stack
After a restart, you’ll feel some changes. Also look here for resolving your sound problems.
You may love Linux or hate it, but when a distribution is complete, there’s very little hesitation by commercial operators when it comes to getting the completed operating system out there.
The Ubuntu 9.04 release candidate was posted on April 16 with final code promised for seven days later on April 23. The final Ubuntu 9.04 code was turned around as promised.
The same cannot be said of Microsoft and Windows. And that’s causing some frustration among those who want to get on with Windows 7.
The Windows 7 Release Candidate – build 7100 – has reportedly been leaked to the web. And unlike previous Windows 7 builds that showed up on one torrent here or there, the release candidate’s on four. The word is that Windows 7 Release Candidate will be available to MSDN and TechNet members at the end of next week with general availability on May 5.
I’m so frustrated to make this post. The new ICC (International Cricket Council) Ranking of “Top Cricketers Ever” has come with the new year’s first unbearable nonsense, not including our great Sachin Tendulkar in the list of Top 20 Test Batsmen the game has ever produced. ICC ranked Sachin as the 26th greatest batsman in Tests and 12th in ODIs. The new ranking has already become a controversy.
As Cricket is the most popular sports in the subcontinent, everyone knows Sachin and the contribution of sachin to this great game. Being the highest run getter in both the Test and ODIs makes him the Greatest Batsman of all time. But unfortunately ICC don’t think so. They have given the Batsmen’s crown to Sir Donald Bradman (I have no doubt, he is the best), but the next rankings upto 25 includes batsmen inwhich most of them are not even comparable to the calibre of our Sachin. The newcomers like Kevin Peterson ranked above him, does this mean Kevin is greater than Sachin ?? Of course not, It’ll take years and years of cricket to achive the status of a player like Sachin and we’re not sure whether Kevin is capable (What if he goes for ducks in the coming matches and makes nothing in his career). Apart from this, Sachin is a proven Legend, his records prove this. Anyway the new ICC Ranking is nothing but avoiding the subcontinents and making the Englishmen great. Remember the words of Bradman himself “When I see Sachin playing, I see myself in the Pitch”.
ICC is also making arguements like “The new Ranking is not a showcase of the calibre and career experience of the Players”..
Today I got a chance to put my hand on the beautiful HP Pavilion DV6000 Notebook which my uncle bought from Kuwait. It was pre-installed with Windows Vista :(, and he already complainted about Vista that it runs awesomely slow. It runs too slow eventhough it had a Dualcore processor and 2GB of RAM. Later I found that it contained dozens and dozens of unwanted softwares that runs on the startup. I removed them and now it runs Vista better.
Being a Free Software and GNU/Linux enthusiast and a promoter of GNU/Linux, I decided to try Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Live DVD on the Lappie. Alas !!!!, it gave me the GNOME desktop in a flash :). Sound worked perfectly and the sound quality was perfect as in Vista (Lappie have Altec Lansing Speakers). As it was having Nvidia Graphics the Compiz effects were not working with the Free Nvidia drivers (But the Binary packages from restricted drivers section enables it).
Next, I tried Knoppix 5.3.1 on it and being a lighning fast Live Distro it booted to the Desktop like the way it was booting from haddisk. All the hardwares worked like charm under Knoppix and I was really excited to see the new HP Pavilion DV6000 Notebook working smoothly under GNU/Linux.
For those who are planning to buy a laptop, this one is one of my recommendation :).
Ooops I forgot to check whether Wireless and Modem worked under Linux, I’ll check it and post it later.
Many of the user’s/first time tester’s of Linux (Ubuntu) are having difficulties in installing a softwares that are not pre-shipped with the distribution CDs. Most of the home user’s don’t have an unlimited bandwidth broadband connection to download all those softwares through Synaptic or other package managers. This is a HOWTO for the unlimited bandwidth internet users who can help those who are not having an Internet connection, by downloading the complete Ubuntu repositories and make DVD images of the repositories. You can distribute them to others so that they can use the DVDs as a repository and they don’t have to depend Internet to install softwares. This method is taken from Howtoforge.
Ubuntu doesn’t offer DVDs ready to download with its main, universe, multiverse and/or restricted repositories. With the contents of this howto you can do it yourself.
Having the Ubuntu or Debian repositories on DVD can be useful for those users who don’t have access to the Internet where they have their Ubuntu installed but have access somewhere else to download the repository and build and burn the DVDs.
We have to install debmirror:
sudo apt-get install debmirror
Now we get the Ubuntu repositories in a local directory. In the example below we get main, universe and multiverse sections of the repository in the i386 architecture.
debmirror --nosource -m --passive --host=archive.ubuntulinux.org --root=ubuntu/ --method=ftp --progress --dist=dapper --section=main,multiverse,universe --arch=i386 ubuntu/ --ignore-release-gpg
You could change the options below as you prefer:
The repositories we got are too big (about 30Gb) to burn them to a DVD so we have to separate them into volumes.
The tool debpartial will do it for us.
sudo apt-get install debpartial
We make the directory where the volumes will reside.
and we make it to construct the package descriptors to every volume.
debpartial --nosource --dirprefix=ubuntu --section=main,universe,multiverse --dist=dapper --size=DVD ubuntu/ ubuntu-dvd/
Now we have to put the packages into the directories debpartial has just created. The script debcopy which also comes with the debpartial package will do it. The script needs ruby.
sudo apt-get install ruby
If everything is ok…
ruby debcopy ubuntu/ ubuntu-dvd/ubuntu0 ruby debcopy ubuntu/ ubuntu-dvd/ubuntu1 ruby debcopy ubuntu/ ubuntu-dvd/ubuntu2
Where ubuntu/ is the directory with the complete repository created with debmirror and ubuntu-dvd/* are the directories ready to host the new DVD-ready repository.
If we want to make soft links from the complete repository instead of copying the packages we can call debcopy with the option -l:
ruby debcopy -l ubuntu/ ubuntu-dvd/ubuntu0 ruby debcopy -l ubuntu/ ubuntu-dvd/ubuntu1 ruby debcopy -l ubuntu/ ubuntu-dvd/ubuntu2
Now every directory (ubuntu0, ubuntu1 and ubuntu2) fits on one DVD.
To get the directories ubuntu0, ubuntu1, ubuntu2 into an iso image ready to burn we can use mkisofs:
mkisofs -f -J -r -o ubuntu-dvd-0.iso ubuntu-dvd/ubuntu0 mkisofs -f -J -r -o ubuntu-dvd-1.iso ubuntu-dvd/ubuntu1 mkisofs -f -J -r -o ubuntu-dvd-2.iso ubuntu-dvd/ubuntu2
Now you can burn the iso images or mount them. Add them to the /etc/apt/source.list with the command:
sudo apt-cdrom add
Now we can verify the new repositories…
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
… and, if I explain in the right way, you should have your box upgraded.
I heard about someone who can not find the script debcopy, above described.
In that case, download it from here