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Good Times/Bad Times

Posted 2017-09-07 19:22:31 GMT

It's been a long and frustrating road, but I have finally resolved the touchpad issues that have plagued me for seemingly forever in Linux. By installing libinput and using it in favor of the Synaptics touchpad driver, the touchpad sensitivity issues that have often plagued my sessions of heads-down programming have come to an end.

On the flip side, however, the latest kernel build for Dell/Ubuntu 16.04 has destroyed Bluetooth support on this laptop. Prior to this update, it was working flawlessly. I am looking at how to revert to an earlier kernel in hopes that I can get it back. Secure boot seems to be standing in my way.

The new 4k monitor I ordered should arrive tomorrow. I am wondering what kind of special hell awaits me when I try to get a multi-monitor setup going. I might have to fall back to good-ole' clamshell mode.

Tags: crome-plated linux ubuntu

Now developing on Linux!

Posted 2017-05-09 18:27:57 GMT

"Dude, you got a Dell." Please, don't snicker.

No, I haven't given up on Apple. I am still heavily entrenched in the Apple infrastructure, and have no intent of changing that. I still do lots of development on macOS, and will continue to do so for some time. But my next gig is heavily ops oriented, and I want to develop on something as close to what I will deploying on as possible. And you get a lot more hardware for your money at the expense of some quality and good looks when you buy non-Apple.

I settled on a Dell Precision 5520. It runs Ubuntu 16.04 LTS out of the box - no driver woes! The Unity desktop sucks, so I went and grabbed the latest Cinnamon desktop from the Mint project. Now, it's much more usable!

There are three minor problems that plagued me that took me a bit to figure out:

- VirtualBox on Linux: When you have a Windows 10 virtual machine, make sure you don't shut the VM down when it is maximized - there seems to be a driver issue that makes it difficult - if not impossible - to boot successfully again.

- CrashPlan: I love CrashPlan, and it is my backup system of choice for everything, except Linux apparently. I am not sure if it misconfigures dnsmasq or does some other networking magic, but it completely hosed my networking stack. It took a bit of time to unravel this, but disabling the CrashPlan service was the easiest fix. I am hoping this will get resolved at some point.

- Trackpad sensitivity: The trackpad is overly-sensitive under Linux (and that is a huge understatement!). Thankfully, I was able to find a good page to help get the settings straightened out.

And that's it! Happy hacking to me! I'll be sure to report any other issues I encounter along the way.

Tags: crome-plated linux ubuntu apple macos dell