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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.
I have temporarely defected to using windows xp since I’m having a lot of problems with ubuntu’s performance.
Everything was going sweet, blazing fast performance, but since I haven’t used windows seriously in like a year and a half I kinda lost sensitivity for it. I had no antivirus whatsoever and naturally I downloaded a crack that turned out not be a crack and now windows is completely fucked. *sigh* good old times.
Surprisingly enough, the antivirus I was familiar with in windows, Avast! and AVG, all have linux versions. There’s also this linux antivirus called ClamAV.It’s a command line antivirus. Can you see my boner? Right, you know why? Because it’s not there. There’s this other thing called clamtk in the repositories which is a graphical frontend for clamav. It has a lot of talk about signatures which I suspect is maybe the antivirus database, and starts with a warning saying your distro may or may not have them preconfigured. By them I mean two configuration files. You know, the ones that end in .conf and need to be handwritten. Right. Anyway, I tried to update the signatures and what do you know?, everything is up to date. Then I notice this
Think I’m gonna waste another second of my life with this just because it’s released under the GPL? Think again.
To install avast!, just go to the website and download and install the deb. Don’t forget you need to register with them to have a valid key. You will find it in the accessories menu and it kinda looks like this:
AVG you can get here. Nothing to point out, also appears in accessories. Now when you try to update it says “No permission to run whatever”. For a while there I thought they didn’t really mean permission, but turns out they do. You need to run it as root to update. Damn fine work AVG, real good. Fuckin assholes. Run sudo avggui in the console, or, alternatevely, right click the applications menu and go to “edit menus”. There, find avg, right click properties. Then on the command instead of “avggui” put “gksu avggui” and you’ll never have to think about this again. Here’s the screen.
What’s the conclusion? I’m dying to go back to linux and get away from 2h30m worth of throughout anti virus and spyware scans, but I need hired geeks to make my laptop run sweet again.
Follow-up: Linux Format recommends BitDefender. Looks ok, probably worth a shot.
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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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.
Follow up: Since the writing of this post, a couple of new things are worth mentioning. Firstly, the easiest way to get all the hardware working is installing the sickboys’s kernel, bonus is very fast boot time (~15s). Secondly, I posted a follow-up review that adds up to this: ubuntu runs very slow on the AA1.
There is a version of ubuntu 8.10 that installs directly from a pen drive. I say great, let’s give it a spin! (you will need a cable connection to get internet working)
Download usb image here
Instructions to load the image on ubuntu right over here
The wiki has all kinds of tweaks and usefull stuff, so If you want to know what to expect there is the place.
Making a pen drive bootable was basic. Booting from the pen disk is trivial, just hitting F12 and choosing it from the list.
Instead of the normal Ubuntu live cd menu, the usb installer presents a prompt that starts booting automatically if you don’t touch it within 5 seconds. Fine with me.
Ok, the desktop is a surprise. I wasn’t expecting a desktop “optimized” for touchscreens.
Yeah, that firefox bullshit (called MIDbrowser) has definitely got to go.
Although this version of ubuntu is all tweaked to look like that, I think it’ll be no problem to reset it to a normal looking desktop.
Instalation goes ok, if you’re trying this I recommend you do a manual partitioning to reduce the swap to a minimum. I got it down to 50megs this time, just for the sake of it. If you want to do it, here’s how it’s supposed to look.
Note: The mount point of the primary ext2 partition is naturally ” / “. I took this screenshot afterwards so it doesn’t show.
Now that’s it’s installed time to work. Booting up took for fucking ever, like one whole minute. Jesus Christ.
Let’s start by doing the upgrades and updates:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install aptitude
sudo aptitude safe-upgrade
JESUS FUCKING CHRIST this took something like 60 godamn minutes. Pain staking. Consider yourself warned.
Note: if you don’t use aptitude don’t install it, but I highly recommend using aptitude instead of apt-get.
Now according to the wiki all I have to do is deactivate the default wireless driver in system->admnistration ->hardware drivers and install the backports.
sudo aptitude install linux-backports-modules-intrepid
Now let’s take out some useless crap from system>preferences->sessions , namely:
-devilpie (this is the app that keeps every window always maximized)
-update-notifier (I want this pc to work and do it fast, not be up to date with random bullshit)
-CellWriter (this is the on-screen keyboard, fuck that)
-Bluetooth Manager (The netbook doesn’t come with any bluetooh hardware and I don’t use any)
-Check for new hardware drivers (same reason as update notifier)
-Print Queue Applet (I don’t own a printer so screw it)
-GNOME Splash screen (I didn’t see any splash screen so…)
-Remote Desktop (What the fuck)
-Tracker Applet (i use gnome do, fuck tracker)
-User Folders update (Something about folder names. screw it)
-Visual Assistance (no way)
Make the boot use concurrency.
sudo gedit /etc/init.d/rc
And substitute where it says “CONCURRENCY=none” with “CONCURRENCY=shell”. without the quotes obviously. It’s like the second item, no biggy.
And that’s about it.
Reboot, a little prayer and let’s see what works and what’s worth mentioning:
-No need to login by default, I say nice
-Boot time is bit shorter now that there are less programs starting up and it uses concurrency. I’d say 30-40secs until you get a workable desktop. Yeah, basically it takes forever. *sigh*
-If an sd card is already plugged before you boot into the system than it mounts. Hot plugging is not working out of the box. Sucks.
-Wireless does in fact work
-Headphone detection works! Sound works ok. Don’t know about the internal mic, I dont use it anyway
-RAM after boot is less but close to 250megs. A bit heavy I should say
-Default behavior of nautilus is one click to open files and folders. This sucks, you can change it in preferences in the behavior tab easily. Speaking of which, it has tabbed browsing. Kick ass.
-System beep is enabled by default. How do you make that goddamn thing shut up?
-Installed Firefox3 and uninstalled MIDbrowser in the add/remove thing. You can search for firefox like so
Maybe firefox3 is too heavy for this netbook, but I’ll give it a try and if it sucks I’ll just default to firefox2 as usual.
-Installing flash 10 was easy, as always. Video playback works well enough for youtube, not so well for watching daily show on comedycentral.com. This with desktop effects turned off. Maybe some graphics driver tweaking?
-Speaking of which, I got 347 fps running glxgears. This is very bad, my old laptop can spit more than 2000. Will have to look into it later.
-Thunderbird comes installed by default, as you probably noticed from the screenshots. Comes with an option to import a gmail account and it’s integrated in nautilus, I say nice. Evolution sucks so much I don’t even know what to say.
-This sad ubuntu doesn’t come with standard gnome themes and icons. This is just plain silly look:
-The whole dark chocolate theme is better than human. Better in a sense that instead of getting old in 10 minutes, it got old in 20. Hello gnome-look.
-Installed skype and webcam was working fine. fuck yeah!
-Tried to make a call and audio doesn’t work. fuck no : -(
EDIT: To get skype working, please refer to this follow-up post
And I think that’s all folks. A final screenshot of how it looks:
Since I hate it when people post screenshots and don’t say what they’re using, here. I installed aurora and then aurora_clean. To install aurora you will need to install the package libgtk2.0-dev.The window border is blended, wallpaper is something I found on deviantart, it’s called “This is Halloween” by this guy called loadus. Great piece.
And finally we’re done. This turned out really big. Hope it was helpfull.
Just installed their latest 1.26 version. I’m currently writing this thru the browser, and want to test it out.
You can download it at www.flock.com, what you get is a .tar.gz with lots of stuff. Among them a binary file called “flock” that starts the browser.
There is a dependency you must install before running flock, which is the package libstdc++5 in ubuntu 8.04 or libstdc++6 in ubuntu 8.10
You can probably run the “flock” binary by double clicking it, but if that doesn’t work, it’s just a matter of hitting “./flock” in the terminal, in the correct folder.
Just found out that there is no option to center text in the default editor, and no option to directly upload an image. It only allows to insert images already hosted somewhere, thru the url That sucks. Saving drafts seems to work ok though
Now I’m editing it thru wordpress. As you can see, the tags are there but not in the wordpress default way. It just adds them to the end of the post. Strange stuff. Now I can add the screenshot