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Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick on Dell Inspiron 11z

Made curious by len’s install, I could not resist and tried the new Ubuntu Netbook edition on my 11z, in search of perfect use of my 16:9 display, with incredible 1366 horizontal pixels but only 768 vertical ones.

First, backup. Shortest backup ever: I do not have any developing tools installed, all my media files are also on my external hard drive, my email is on an imap server, so I’m truly mobile with this mini laptop. I just made a copy of the background image 🙂

Next, the install. I took the usb and started. I chose manual handling of partitions (I kept the windows install, it’s good for tests from time to time), after that the install started and a bit later was done. Excellent, smoothest install ever.

After restart though, came to face the real problem, that I also had with the previous version of Ubuntu: the wireless was not working, the error message: “device not ready firmware missing”

Plugged the cable and looked for a solution. The problem obvious, the infamous broadcom chipset:

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Intrepid Ibex – the review

I as waiting for a long time for this new version, specially for the new sound card drivers on my laptop (dell latitude d820), the quality of sound was bad, and with ubuntu 8.10 it is now impeccable.

As i had only a few hours available, but seen on len’s post that the upgrade does not take that long, I gave it a shot, and it was the fastest upgrade ever.

The method:

– backed up all my data on an external hard disk (/opt, /etc, /home/)

– backed up my email from evolution (the option: File->Backup settings->Save, to restore File->Restore settings). This worked like a charm and for me was a big step forward, as I usually spend half a day to restore my emails (I have about 2 giga of emails in more than 30 folders and  40 email filters … ).

– installed ubuntu from the cd

-used len’s steps to restore tomboy’s notes, pidgin, mozilla, ssh keys, also restored from hdd my data (/opt, other applications/documents) and of course my email, after which I hurried to install spamassasin

– installed native nvidia drivers and other packages like acroread, firefox plugins, gqview, skype, googleearth, audacious, lastfm, ssh, openvpn, mplayer, emacs. But first I installed medibuntu, a repository of packages that cannot be included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons, more details at

I am very happy with the upgrade, now I have:

– excellent sound quality

– nice graphic effects that actually work (I tried to use them in previous versions, but I disabled them as they seemed to use to much computer power)

– to make the transformation complete, a nice new background from