Archive for November, 2008


Posted in community, forum with tags on November 28, 2008 by jb

This blog now has a forum that can be found at:

New users can post questions and hopefully somebody will help them out.

Regular readers of this blog can contribute by reporting new issues with the use of Ubuntu on the NC10. In addition, opinions on what should go on the community NC10 Ubuntu help page (and who should write it! hint hint) are encouraged.

Even if you have nothing to say yet please register.

Please contribute to the NC10 Wiki at

Posted in community with tags , on November 26, 2008 by jb

I think that we (the NC10 user community) now know enough to start writing a page for new users that contains information that is critical to getting Ubuntu working on the NC10. I have generated a very simple template that needs to be populated. So please visit:

To facilitate the population of the NC10 page I have setup a fledgling forum at:

Tweak 2

Posted in tweak with tags , on November 24, 2008 by jb

More space

I think that screen real estate is an important consideration when configuring your NC10’s desktop.

1) Even when a gnome panel is set to auto-hide it does not hide completely. I found this blog post which highlights one way of doing this –

2) I use the classic compact 3.0.9 theme for Firefox that aims to minimise the vertical space consumed by menus and toolbars –

Does anybody have any space saving tweaks?

KDE 4.1 / Gnome (with Compiz) / Netbook Remix?

Posted in install with tags , on November 22, 2008 by jb

In a previous post I reported some problems (now mostly resolved) running Compiz – glitches are starting to irritate. I tried Netbook Remix again (installed on another user account) but find it too limiting. Currently I’m playing with the KDE 4.1 desktop, my first impressions are positive, but I have yet to commit. Please share your experiences…

Problems with ndiswrapper: restart hang-up

Posted in install, workaround with tags , on November 20, 2008 by jb

Although using ndiswrapper does get the wireless working, it prevents the NC10 from restarting / rebooting. Other problematic issues such as power management and wireless range are also presenting themselves. I therefore decided to uninstall ndiswrapper using the Add/Remove option in the applications menu, disabled the wireless and rebooted successfully(!).

To install the latest Atheros drivers use these instructions:

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Posted in unresolved with tags , on November 19, 2008 by jb

I found this bug report – – “Making horizontal finger movement on the touchpad of a Sasmung NC10 netbook leads to wave like (up and down) pointer movements on the screen.” I’m not really consciously aware of this problem but I guess that this could put new users off.

While on the touchpad subject, Pluisje has enquired about the availability of multi-touch support in Ubuntu?

Problems with ACPI?

Posted in unresolved with tags , on November 18, 2008 by jb

As I reported on I had no major problems during installation. I am aware that ACPI problems have been reported on the archlinux forum and also when using Ubuntu (I’m guessing this is only a problem for older versions of Ubuntu). I also found a report suggesting that ACPI was responsible for the screen brightness problem –

Has anybody got anything to say about ACPI or can we just ignore these reports?