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Linux on Netbooks

Posted in Platforms with tags , , , , on 2010/11/19 by Adam Griffiths

Getting Linux setup on my Netbook has been so incredibly frustrating. I installed Ubuntu at least 4 times. Each time believing I had gotten the install correct, only to find that when I went roaming it would freeze.

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Installing Ubuntu on a Samsung N145 (and possibly others)

Posted in Platforms with tags , , , , , , on 2010/11/16 by Adam Griffiths

There are a few issues out-of-the-box with Ubuntu (and possibly other distros) on Samsung laptops and netbooks. Specifically:

  • Pressing the brightness function keys causes the keyboard to lock
  • The brightness keys don’t change the brightness.
  • Resuming from suspend hangs the computer with a black / blank screen.
  • Wireless does not work properly after resuming from suspend.

There are also non-Samsung related problems with Ubuntu and Unity:

  • Vi inserts A, B, C, D characters in insert mode when using the arrow keys.
  • Eclipse and Lyx menus don’t display in Unity (and other applications).

This guide is specifically for Ubuntu 10.10 and the Samsung N145 netbook, but the information will be applicable to other distros and Samsung laptops and netbooks.

If this page doesn’t resolve your issues, check the comments as other users have experienced other issues and found further work-arounds for them.

A comment on installing Debian on the N145.

A post on installing Debian on Atom based computers.

Last updated: 2011/01/09

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This is why we can’t have nice things…

Posted in Platforms, Rant with tags , , , , , , on 2010/11/15 by Adam Griffiths

So my Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.10 install lasted me less than a single day, and now I have the choice of trying again and hoping, or trying out the other netbook distros.

But wait… let me re-wind there.

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Posted in Rant with tags , , , , , , , on 2010/11/14 by Adam Griffiths

N145, I am impressed =)

Just wish Ubuntu had a netbook remix installer for 64-bit. I’m too lazy to roll my own from the desktop edition so I’ll just stick with 32-bit development (XP and Linux) for the time being. My code should be 64-bit clean so it should present no problem.

I also ran Windows 7… for all of 2 minutes before I got thoroughly bored and removed it. There is no curiosity like with an OS like OS-X or desktops like Gnome and Unity, just… the same interface with a different chrome. Maybe thats a good thing for the Windows eco-system. But its not exactly something that inspires imagination.

Of Netbooks and PAIN

Posted in Rant with tags , , on 2010/11/14 by Adam Griffiths

So it turns out the Samsung N210 wasn’t in stock, even though it was right in-front of me. Go figure.

I settled for a Samsung N145 which kind of took the excitement out of it. It’s black (sigh) and the keyboard is not as good, but its $100 cheaper so I can’t complain.

I’ll peruse Windows 7 for a little before I put Linux on.

Of Netbooks and Men

Posted in Rant with tags , on 2010/11/13 by Adam Griffiths

Development of Shock continues admist life. I will be picking up a netbook soon so I can code on the tram. So I’ve been looking at what’s available and at what cost and comparing their form and function to my needs.

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