My work is virtually exclusively in my windows partition on my laptop (a Gateway MX3215) these days, so I can afford to take some risks with my linux partition. It had been, previously, a Breezy Badger install that had been upgraded to Dapper; but I wanted to change something fundamental — I wanted to sidegrade the filesystem from ReiserFS to Ext3FS (at this point fans of those two filesystems are feeling their blood pressure increase at my counting them as equals) — something one can’t do without a total reinstall, cause the filesystem underlies everything… So I downloaded the ubuntu “Dapper Drake” release live/installer CD and went at it.
Here are the tweaks I needed to do to make things happy hardwarewise:
- builtin wifi — this has often messed me up, but I’ve got the deal now — you need to blacklist the sketchy open-source “bcm43xx” driver, which tries to run it. Add the line “blacklist bcm43xx” to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.
- to replace that, I installed the “ndiswrapper” package and dug around in the windows system-restore partition to find the precise driver that was intended to run it on Windows: bcmwl5a.inf. I did “ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5a.inf” and then “ndiswrapper -m” to make the magic happen. (note that ethernet networking Just Worked and I used it to get this far.)
- I edited /etc/X11/xorg.conf and added a line to the Synaptics section, setting “MaxTapTime” to “0” so I don’t keep accidentally selecting things by tapping the touchpad.
- I also edited /etc/X11/xorg.conf to add “1280×768” to all the lists of resolutions.
- I did the stupid GNOME sound dance.
You know, simple stuff everyone doesn’t mind doing, right? Ah well.
I’ve been following with interest the Mark Pilgrim Apple->Free Software Switch. Time for more bullet points!
- Goodbye Apple
- When The Bough Breaks (what drove him over the edge)
- interlude: some stuff from Daring Fireball I can’t find in 10 seconds so who cares
- Essentials 2006 where he tries and mostly but not entirely succeeds in finding acceptable or superior replacements for his favorite Mac apps. Quite amusing in parts.
It’s all quite inspiring. All via teh Michael.
I just thought I’d get the facts out there on the net so if someone googles around maybe they can find what they need.