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Installing Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon on Dell Latitude D820

Before installing, I made a backup copy of my home and opt directory (later I discovered that etc directory backup would have been nice) on a different partition and on dvd.

The installation went smoothly, almost everything worked from the start (including wireless). After install I found on the desktop (top right) the icon for installing propertary drivers (nvidia) and software updates, the upgrades went smoothly also.

I am just going through the configurations that were a little bit tricky:

setting 4 workspaces with keyboard shortcuts: went to System->Preferences->Appearence and disabled visual effects, then right clicked on the workspaces in the right bottom corner of the desktop and set the number of workspaces, then to System->Preferences->Keyboard Shortcuts and I found in the menu all workspaces, after setting shortcuts, I reenabled visual effects (there is a bug/problem with setting workspaces shortcuts when visual effects are on)

installation of Flash plugin did not work automatically (from browser), I had to download it from the Firefox Extensions page and run it manually in a terminal, the old fashion way.

microphone: in Skype did not work from the start, so I played with Applications->Sound & Video->Sound Recorder and with Volume Control for tests. In the Volume Control Edit->Preferences I checked to view all controls and from Options I selected Input Source Front Mic, I set also the volumes a little higher and everything worked.

– for now Hibernation seems to work

Suspend did not work from the start, but I used the workaround below. I do not regret passing some time fixing Suspend, as it is almost twice as fast as hibernation:

Shortly, I added in file /etc/X11/xorg.conf the following line, in the nvidia section:

Option “NvAGP” “1”

And I modified this lines in /etc/default/acpi-support:

# Should we attempt to warm-boot the video hardware on resume?

# Save and restore video state?

# Comment this out to disable screen locking on resume

– I disabled ipv6 module and trackerd, although I did not notice performance issues, as explained here:

and here:
Importing previous browser bookmarks: i copied from backedup home directory to new home directory the file: .mozilla/firefox/alphanumeric.default/bookmarks.html

Importing emails from evolution:

I followed this tutorial for importing emails:

Afterwards, I was getting all the time the message “evolution summary and folder mismatch“, and the workaround(s) (i applied two just to make sure):


For those suffering from this problem: A working workaround.

1. Set Evolution to Offline mode, exit evolution

2. Open terminal and run evolution –force-shutdown

3. find ~/.evolution/mail/local/ -name \*ev-summary -delete

4. Re-start Evolution.

Warning: this involves automated file removal which can result in data loss if done incorrectly. I take no responsibilities. Read “man find” to understand what you’re doing.

Step 2 is *essential*.

To avoid further corruption of your Evo folders: Always put it in offline mode before exiting. This avoids the mailcheck ruining the ev-summary files while the folders are being loaded and works around the bug on my system.


cd ~/.evolution/mail
cp -r local local.ORIG
cd local
rm -f $(find . -name “*.ibex.index*”)

I recenlty heard about automatix, a tool for installing packages like mplayer, acrobat reader, windows fonts etc, and I strognly recommand it:

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One comment to “Installing Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon on Dell Latitude D820”

  1. Thanks for that, I’m considering installing the company’s laptop with Ubuntu this weekend, I’m evaluating the level of productivity that I will gain or lose from switching from MS Windows XP to Linux Ubuntu. I have Debian Linux running on all my home servers, even my firewall device (Nokia IP120), wireless Linksys WRT54G (upgraded to DD-WRT). So this is the only computer I have in my possession that does not have Linux. All the servers I manage are Linux based and lucky our management console is Java based so I can use it in Linux as well. My only concern is Evolution and MS Exchange.

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