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Can be edited with gedit for instance, not sure if you need root permissions.
If you’re only interested in changing the hostname that is sent, or rahter seen by, the network, you can change the dhcp settings.
In /etc/dhcp3/dhclient.conf you can see right after the initial comments this:
send host-name "<hostname>";
You edit it to something like
#send host-name "<hostname>";
send host-name "m4m";
You’re good to go.
Chromium is getting ported to linux, so why not give it a spin?
The project in hosted on launchpad, and normaly no one would need instructions to add a repository or PPAs or whatever but since they started using PGP keys, it’s not as straightforward. You can see instructions on the Launchpad Blog but I’m putting them here for future reference.
The PPAs (for ubuntu 9.04, check the launchpad page for other versions) are:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
And the key file is this, but save yourselve the trouble and download it already on a file from my mirror
Now go to System->Admnistration->Software Sources and under Third Party Software add the PPAs. Don’t update just yet because you’ll need the key. Under Authentication hit Import Key File and choose the file you downloaded. Now you’re good to go, update away.
The package is chromium-browser . It already has tabs but will crash on you without hesitation.
It’s in pre-alpha stage, read the warning, so don’t bitch about it.
If you want to tune your guitar in linux, you’re in for some trouble. Compiling code, problems with audio etc etc. There are millions of guitar tuners for windows, why does it have to be so complicated in linux? The solution? Use one of those millions using wine.
On Ubuntu 8.10, it just works. Double click the installer, install, access program from menu. There is some tweaking you can do in the options to control the expected noise level, I’m using something close to 30. There is no extra configuration needed, not in the tuner itself, not in the audio options in wine. If it doesn’t work, you probably have problems with the audio set-up.
Go to “Passwords and Encription Keys”, then Edit->Preferences.
There you see a small list. Click on the login keyring and naturally “Change Unlock Password”.
Note: Since the writing of this post, the driver has been released. Instead of the beta I link to, you can try and download the new driver and I’m guessing you can follow the guide all the same. Not that you’ll notice any difference honestly, but just in case…
Note2: To paint things even worse,ati isn’t releasing any more drivers for this card and chip line. read it here.
Not everything is great in ubuntu land. If you’re using a rv300 series ati card you’re in for a surprise: bug#284408. In case you don’t know, issue the following command to see what your pc’s packing:
lspci | grep VGA
The output should look something like this
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV350 [Mobility Radeon 9600 M10]
That’s my case for an ATI Mobility Radeon 9700. Yes, it’s badly detected as a 9600 hell knows why.
Ok so this is what happens. If you’re running 8.04 and using the ATI propriety driver fglrx and upgrade to 8.10, the graphics break. Solution is to remove fglrx and use the open source one, “radeon” in my case. How to do this is explained somewhere in the bug discussion.
If you install a fresh 8.10, you’ll be using the correct open source driver but installing fglrx will break the X graphics server configuration. This happens if you install either using the packages listed in the repositories or downloading the binary from ati’s website.
So now what? The following works with the Mobility Radeon 9700 and I think with the 9600 as well. Check the bug discussion. Anyway.
Download the beta for the Catalyst driver 9.2 (current version is 9.1) here. After extracting the executable from the zip file, go to properties and on the Permissions tab check “Allow executing file as a program”. Now, command line
sudo ./Linux_catalyst_9.2_CES_09_preview_driver.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/intrepid
sudo dpkg -i xorg-driver-fglrx_8.580-0ubuntu1_i386.deb fglrx-kernel-source_8.580-0ubuntu1_i386.deb fglrx-amdcccle_8.580-0ubuntu1_i386.deb
sudo aticonfig --initial -f
If it complains of dependencies not met, check if you have all the software sources enable. As a test, see if you can find the package dpkg-dev.
After rebooting, you should even “Hardware Drivers” barking about the driver. Glamour shot:
What’s the performance gain? With the open source driver, glxgears spits ~1300fps. With fglrx, ~2500fps.
Note: If you update the kernel, or the x server of the driver package… shit is gonna happen. I can’t say for sure, I don’t know enough, but I wouldn’t touch the updates to those 3 things.
There, 2 hours of time. And it wasn’t even worth it, the only thing I want is to watch the Daily Show online with more 1 frame per second. Is that too much to ask? Oh, and faster scrolling in firefox. More on this story as it develops.
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If by some unholy reason you’re left with no internet and no network manager to connect it, the simplest way to install it is download the packages manually and install them one by one. I was not able to use the ubuntu cd, that would be the *best* way to do it I guess. On a fresh install ubuntu studio 8.10 with no network connectivity whatsoever, I only needed:
All links point to i386 architecture and were built for Ubuntu 8.10. If you’re running a different version, you should search for the packages in the Ubuntu Package Search. I will spare you some trouble and if you’re running Ubuntu 9.10 the packages are:
As you may or may not know, the current version of skype does not work out of the box in Ubuntu 8.10. The solution can be simple or farelly complex. It depends on how the system is dealing with your soundcard. The following is a screenshot of the audio configuration that works on a lot of computers, AA1 included.
Now, if you by any chance followed my guide to install Ubuntu 8.10 on the AA1 or installed the normal Ubuntu, this won’t work. To make it work, I checked the ubuntu wiki. I ended up refering to the arch wiki and install the newest alsa. In my opinion it’s the best way to go. It now fully supports the AA1′s sound card. At least that’s what they say.
It’s farelly simple
Download the latest source from ftp://ftp.alsa-project.org/pub/driver/alsa-driver-1.0.18a.tar.bz2 and extract it to your home folder. To compile you can do it in the terminal like this
The make command will take a while, but if it ends with “ALSA modules were successfully compiled.” you know you’re good to go.
Next up edit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base with something like
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base
And add at the end
options snd-hda-intel model=acer-aspire
Now reboot (will take a while) and everything should be working. To control the mic volume you need Gnome ALSA Mixer, the package is gnome-alsamixer.
And access it in Applications->Sound & Video. If it looks like this, your installation went ok
End of story, skype should now be working with the configuration of the first post. The mic volume is the capture level, and don’t ask me about the internal mic, I don’t use it and honestly don’t care.
Linux audio sucks.
You know, sometimes I get really pissed off with Ubuntu. How THE FUCK isn’t skype working? Didn’t anyone test that shit before releasing the fucking thing?
Today I had the following conversation.
-Guy: “Hey dude, I installed Ubuntu like you said”
-Me: “Cool! How do you like it?”
-Guy: “It was going ok, but then I tried to install skype and it doesn’t work”
-Me: “Yeah… Right… Me too, there’s some issue with audio, skype doesn’t isn’t really supporting ubuntu 8.10 . I think there are workarounds, I’m trying to find that out myself”.
The part that really pisses me off, besides Ubuntu sucking, is that I made excuses. It’s not skype that doesn’t support Ubuntu. It’s not even about Ubuntu at all. It’s the fucking linux sound architecture. IT SUCKS. And the distros aren’t making it any better. I’m proud that I’ve been using Ubuntu for well over a year now and still don’t know what the fuck Alsa is. PulseAudio? Beats me. And why should I know anyway? Audio is one of those things no one really gives a shit, people just want it to work. And it fucking doesn’t. You know what my workaround was for having audio in flash for the last 5 months? “killall pulseaudio”. It was part of the godamn login procedure, username, password, killall pulseaudio. Real Nice.
The second part of my rant is this. I was looking for some solution for the problem in Ubuntu forums, and I saw this post:
You must follow this guide? Have a look at the thread in the link. Are you fucking serious?! I wanna call my friend and all I have to do is go through 8 computer screens worth of text and then consult fucking APPENDIX C?!
My friend is going to be radiant. What will it be dude? The beauty of free software in 2hours of lecturing in failed sound architecture or a slow boot to windows vista?
Well take a wild guess.
I will be following the guide to get skype working in the aspire one and I’ll post it about it later. But seriously? I feel like an idiot doing it.
Nuff said. Damn I’m pissed.