Jun

23

Posted by : Arun | On : June 23, 2010

Watch the demo of Dell 14R running Ubuntu Light (to boot and surf faster) and Windows 7.

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Oct

27

Posted by : Arun | On : October 27, 2009

I didn’t know the bullet points before, until I stumbled upon this BBC article.

  • The French national police force runs its operations on Ubuntu
  • Computer systems supporting Spanish schools run on Ubuntu
  • Wikipedia runs hundreds of its servers on Ubuntu
  • San Francisco International Airport computer system is based on Ubuntu
  • Dell China has more than 40 models with Ubuntu available
  • 12 million active users

That’s cool. There might be more. Let me know. I’ll add it to the list.

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Sep

24

Posted by : Arun | On : September 24, 2009

May

21

Posted by : Arun | On : May 21, 2009

Dell’s Technology Strategist Doug Anson talked about Mini 10v Netbook with 3 different Linux OS. One if the Dell customized Ubuntu, 2nd one is with Ubuntu Netbook Remix and the 3rd one is the Google’s Android. He didn’t run any application nor did he talk about the pros and cons. Take a look at the video.

Ubuntu Netbook Remix and Android on Dell Mini 10v

Thanks to Electronista for the video.

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Feb

25

Posted by : Arun | On : February 25, 2009

Laptop Magazine reports

One third of the netbooks that Dell sold run Ubuntu. Also, Dell is seeing low return rates on those Linux netbooks, which is a good news. According to Dell, the the return rate of Ubuntu running Mini 9s are comparable to the XP rate. Beyond educating customers before they make a purchase, the success of Dellís Ubuntu offering may also be attributed to the easy to use graphical user interface that they have created which makes it easier to launch popular programs and Web tools.


I hope Netbook will help people to come out of the Windows mind set and start exploring other options.

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Jan

16

Posted by : Arun | On : January 16, 2009

You might have read the news yesterday about a woman who struggled with her new Dell laptop. Lots of Ubuntu fans responded back to WKOW TV and some of them used harsh words and bad language. Some Ubuntu fans sent hateful message to that lady’s Facebook account. I don’t think such news will get any respect to Ubuntu or it’s fans. However dumb that lady was, this is not the way to respond. If you want to criticize, criticize in a constructive way and put down valid arguments rather than just calling words. I was little upset when I read the news today.

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Jan

15

Posted by : Arun | On : January 15, 2009

This is what happens if you use computers without having any basic knowledge about the computer world (News). The first mistake she made was ordering a laptop without reading the details. She could have avoided all these mess if she had read the product specifications properly.

The second mistake was listening to the Dell support guy and not returning the laptop immediately.

The 3rd mistake (one of the 2 dumbest things she did) was trying to install Verizon high speed internet software using Windows based installation CD. I use Verizon high speed internet.† You don’t need that CD at all to get it to work. It works fine in my Ubuntu system.

The 4th mistake (another dumb one) was not checking to see if Ubuntu has any software equivalent to Microsoft Office. It comes with OpenOffice. If her institution (MATC) says you have to use only Microsoft Office, then it’s not worth studying there, but MATC promised to accept any of Schubert’s papers or class documents using whatever software she has installed. If you don’t like OpenOffice, then you have Google Apps.

I hope she changes her mind once she starts using Ubuntu. Since the laptop came with preinstalled Ubuntu, all the hardwares should work fine. It’s not very difficult to learn and once you learn, it’s pretty easy to use.

Aug

19

Posted by : Arun | On : August 19, 2008

According to Gizmodo, the internal 910 web documentation they got, Dell’s Inspiron 910 (Mini), Dell’s answer to Eee PC, will sport Intel Atom N270 processor (1.6 ghz), 512/1024 MB memory, 4/8/16Gb Solid State drive (SSD) and Ubuntu 8.04 or Windows XP SP2. The system will go on sale on August 22nd. It’s good to know that Ubuntu is doing well with Dell.

Aug

12

Posted by : Arun | On : August 12, 2008

Is it true or Is Dell trying to bolster it’s image? In a press release (released today), Dell announced that it’s new Latitudes laptop can hold 19 hours of battery life on a single charge. The battery life was based on Dell’s lab testing on a Latitude E6400 with 9 cell battery, integrated graphics and SSD. Wow. If that’s true, then it’s pretty good. It should atleast hold the charge for 10 hours if we use a dedicated video card and regular hard drive. Let’s wait and see how true it is.

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Feb

26

Posted by : Arun | On : February 26, 2008

I bought Acer 320U scanner long time back. I didn’t use it for sometime. I thought I would start using it since my Dell All-in-one A962 printer/scanner didn’t work with Ubuntu. Ubuntu got XSane image scanner program installed by default under Applications -> Graphics. I thought once I connect my scanner, I should be able to start working with it immediately. I was wrong. XSane did detect my scanner as show below in the picture.

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When I selected Acer from the list and clicked OK, I got the error below.

XSane error











Here are the steps I followed to get it to working. Thanks to Ubuntu forum for the tips.

1. Download the zip file from the following location that contains the firmware for the scanner and the program acerfirm – to upload the firmware. Once it’s downloaded, double click that file and extract u34v101.bin and acerfirm to a local directory.

http://jaycee212.freeweb7.com/AcerScan320U.zip

Update: If the above link doesn’t work, Click here.

2. Open Synaptic Package Manager from System -> Administration menu and search for sane, sane-utils, libsane and libsane-extras. Make sure they are installed. If not, install them.

3. Connect your scanner to the computer and switch it on.

4. Open the terminal from Applications -> Accessories menu.

5. Lets check if your computer detected the scanner. Type sane-find-scanner and press enter in the terminal. It’ll display lots of lines and you should find one similar to one shown below among those lines.
found USB scanner (vendor=0x04a5 [Color], product=0x2022 [ FlatbedScanner 13]) at libusb:003:002

Continue further if your system detects the scanner.

6. Type sudo gedit /etc/sane.d/snapscan.conf and press enter. This will open the snapscan.conf file in the text editor.

7. Comment the line that says firmware /usr/share/sane/snapscan/your-firmwarefile.bin.

8. Add /dev/usbscanner bus=001 and firmware /etc/sane.d/u34v101.bin (use u34v110.bin if you used the second link to download the file) to the file. Your file (first paragraph under General heading) should look similar to the lines below:

#—————————— General ———————————–

# Change to the fully qualified filename of your firmware file, if
# firmware upload is needed by the scanner
##firmware /usr/share/sane/snapscan/your-firmwarefile.bin
/dev/usbscanner bus=001
firmware /etc/sane.d/u34v101.bin (u34v110.bin if you used the second link to download)

# If not automatically found you may manually specify a device name.

9. Save and close the editor.

10. Go to the folder where you extracted the zip file by using cd command. eg: cd /home/username/folder1 (You can skip this step if you used the second link to dowload the bin file).

11. Upload the firmware by typing ./acerfirm /dev/usbscanner u34v101.bin (or ./acerfirm /dev/usbscanner u34v110.bin if you used the second link to download) in the terminal.

12. Restart your system and your scanner should work fine now. Open the XSane image scanner program and select Acer if you are provided with an option. Click OK and you should see the screen as shown below.

XSane

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