Installing a proper Ubuntu 8.10 copy on the new Dell Inspiron Mini 9

This is the fine work of Ehud G. over @

The Problem

The real problem is that Dell ships the laptop with a few choices that I didn’t like.

  1. They use the LPIA (Low Power Intel Architecture) version instead of i386. What this means is that about 80% of the software I want doesn’t yet exist in a repository of this architecture. It also means that the repositories are all at Dell instead of all over the world like Ubuntu’s.
  2. They install some of the Netbook Remix stuff, which I’m sure is good for new people, but it annoys me that half my screen real-estate is tied up with ginormous icons.
  3. Their version of the WiFi driver prevents ssh working (client or server) unless you do the magic incantation (“iwpriv eth1 set_vlanmode 0”)
  4. They lock the upper menu bar to the top of the screen.
  5. Presumably because of all the customization, they are shipping a six month old version.

The Solution

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FedoraJunkies, XBMC and, the new build farm

So, as you’ve probably see in my previous posts; I run and I enjoy building the Fedora/CentOS RPMs for XBMC. Well I’ve added something new and exciting.

From now on XBMC will build nightly on the farm for Fedora 8/9/10 & CentOS 5 on both 386 & x86_64 architectures.  That means no one has to wait for me to get the latest and greatest SVN nightly build in RPM form.

They are available every night around 1am MST @{fedora,centos}/{releasever}/nightlybuilds/{architecture}




ImagePut gets multi upload capability

ImagePut‘s Advanced upload page has now been outfitted with a multi upload form. You can now upload up to 6 images at a time and individually select the thumbnail size.


James Bond is a serious wussy

Daniel Craig on screen is a decent James Bond however, off screen he is by far one of the worst.  Shortly after Casino Royale there was talk of him wanting to do a gay seen in the next Bond.  Now, there is him complaining about shooting the movie and how difficult it was etc. etc.

Excuse me Mr. Bond, I’m not sure how having to work a few hours a day, geting some nicks and scratches ( yes 8 stitches is just a scratch, call me when you need 40).  What happened to being a *MAN* off camera? how are we supposed to believe you are this debonaire guy on screen but then be the biggest pussy off?

*sigh* how the great have fallen.