Posts Tagged ‘Compiz’

Zepto Znote 3215W with Debian Testing/lenny

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Zepto Znote 3215WAs my old Asus M2N laptop got older and older, and for some reason slower and slower, I decided to buy a new one. I ended up gettinng a Zepto Znote 3215W with a few customisations. There were several reason for this choice:

  • Zepto has very competive prices,
  • Zepto will sell laptops without an OS preinstalled – no involuntary Microsoft tax,
  • laptops can be customised as you want them,
  • and then this quote: “Works with Ubuntu Linux. 3215W is tested and will work together with Ubuntu Linux 7.10 beta, Out-of-the-box. For Wifi you will need to use the Intel Pro/Wireless 4965 netcard.”

The specs of mine are:

  • Intel Centrino “Santa Rosa” chipset
  • Intel Core2 Duo CPU T5450 @ 1.66GHz (*)
  • 2 Gb DDR2 800MHz RAM (*)
  • 120 Gb SATA harddisk 7200 rpm (*)
  • DVD-RW DL drive (*)
  • 15.4″ WXGA “Crystal Clear” display at 1280×800
  • Intel GMA X3100 graphics chipset
  • Intel Pro/Wireless 4965AGN wireless network adapter (*)
  • Broadcom NetLink BCM5906M network adapter
  • Broadcom internal USB bluetooth adapter (*)
  • Ricoh Firewire adapter
  • Ricoh SD/MMC card reader

The items marked with (*) are where I have asked for changes or additions to the default configuration.

It is a fairly large laptop, measuring 36×27×4cm and weighing 2.8kg which is OK for the kind of semi-stationary work I do currently.

Conclusions

Most parts of the laptop work immediately with little or no manual configuration on a Debian Testing install, but there are several parts that doesn’t. Most of these seem to have a solution on the way. Zepto states that the laptop is fully Ubunto 7.10 compatible, but not everything went that smooth with Debian.

An install of Debian Testing (lenny) with a Linux 2.6.23 kernel leaves these parts non-functional:

and these only partly functional:

  • X server sometimes fails to restore textmode correctly
  • Touchpad not recognised but it still usable
  • ACPI works only partially
  • Minor issues with sound and headphones

and these require an extra effort to get fully functional:

  • Compiz window manager
  • SD/MMC card reader
  • Keyboard hotkeys

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Compiz 0.5 in Debian unstable

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Compiz 0.5 arrived in unstable a while ago. I usually run testing, but the Compiz 0.3.6 I used came from experimental. Unfortunately, an installation of Compiz 0.5 from unstable on a testing system would update libc6 and hence almost all of the system to unstable. I waited.

Compiz in actionThe libc6 update passed into testing recently, and I upgraded Compiz from unstable afterwards. Disaster.

Initially, Compiz started, but all windows were empty, blank, void. The windows were there, I could click on links in a browser window, but I could see nothing but a blank window. Pop-up menus didn’t even display, though they too were there, but invisible.

After much experimenting and searching and reading fora and blogs (using a Metacity session), I discovered that I needed to update the the latest version of xserver-xorg-core from unstable. That solved the blank window problem.

Now I could see the content of my windows. It is actually quite nice, once you’ve tried the opposite 🙂

The windows had no decorations, however. No titlebar, no borders, but naked and ashamed.

This was a bit harder to solve, but in the end I discovered that the package “libdecoration0” had version 0.3.6, so it had not been upgraded for some reason, probably due to an unversioned depends rule in the Compiz packages.

A manual upgrade of libdecoration0 solved the problem, and now Compiz 0.5 works very well on my little laptop.