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11.04 on the Samsung NC10

Posted in install, netbooks with tags , on July 31, 2011 by jb

I have recently upgraded to 11.04 from the 10.10 Netbook Edition. I clicked the distribution upgrade button located on the Update Manager and it installed without any problems.

The Unity interface is now the default selection so there is no longer a ‘Netbook Edition’. The launcher bar is greatly improved; it is no longer sluggish. It also auto-hides when not in use allowing greater screen real estate, which is at a premium on the NC10.

Although the NC10 is an old machine now, it is still proving to be useful. Ubuntu keeps getting better and the NC10 still meets the minimum system requirements.

I’m using Bios: 11CA available from the Samsung Website.

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Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition

Posted in install, netbooks with tags , on November 2, 2010 by jb

I’m now using Maverick Meerkat, which has the new Unity interface. Works reasonably well on my old NC10, although there is a bit of lag when using the ‘launcher bar’ on the left. Battery life is OK. Overall, I think it is a significant increment over previous Ubuntu versions (especially enjoying the Exposé window management feature)… Thanks to Ubuntu the NC10 is still a useful machine.

No problems with the upgrade process from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS using Update Manager:

System/Administration/Update Manager. Click the Check button to check for new updates. If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after the process is finished. (Make sure the ‘Normal Releases’ option is selected in the menu accessed by clicking the “Settings…” button on the Update Manager interface).

I’m still using Bios: 11CA available from the Samsung Website

Time to upgrade?

Posted in netbooks with tags , , on October 2, 2009 by jb

My NC10 is nearly one year old now – purchased late October 2008. Initial problems with getting Ubuntu running well, using 8.10, were mostly resolved by applying a series of tweaks and workarounds (detailed within this blog). After around two months of attempts to resolve issues, I decided to abandon further attempts since I was generally happy. The blog then spawned a forum and a Wiki, which after a promising start, are no longer used. I’m sure this is due to the availability of better sources of information. The welcome arrival of 9.04 eliminated most of the problematic issues associated with 8.10. The arrival of 9.10 – Karmic Koala – later this month will hopefully be a welcome one.

Overall I have been satisfied with my NC10 running Ubuntu (despite poor battery life), but maybe the time has come to upgrade? I think my next Netbook purchase will probably involve an Atom Ion (don’t want to wait for Pineview – http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/352093/ion-will-grow-with-new-atom-cpus-promises-nvidia). The new Samsung N510 could fit the bill – http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/laptops/352012/samsung-n510. But I think I might wait for ASUS 1201n http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/20/asus-ion-infused-eee-pc-1201n-netbook-emerges-overseas/. I hope that Ubuntu 9.10 will work well on the ASUS 1201n, and that I don’t have to start another blog!

Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04

Posted in install, netbooks with tags , on April 24, 2009 by jb

For the last few months I have mainly been using my NC10 for lightweight work; so I have been using Netbook Remix on 8.10 – https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UNR#Ubuntu%208.10%20(Intrepid)%20UNR%20Package%20Installation

Now that 9.04 is out, it is now possible to install the easy wayhttps://wiki.ubuntu.com/UNR#The%20Easy%20(recommended)%20way

Ubuntu have classified the Samsung NC10 as having Tier 2 compatibility.

These are netbooks that work somewhat, but have problems that may interfere with typical activities at the moment, or many smaller issues.

It is suggested that the Samsung NC10 fails suspend/Resume tests and the Sound recorder does not work on the Samsung NC10 using Jaunty (9.04). I will be installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 at some time in the near future. Let us hope workarounds can be found for the above…

2009 — Ubuntu on the NC10 Poll

Posted in netbooks with tags , on January 8, 2009 by jb

Second poll results: poll began on 8th Jan 2008, closed on 31st Jan 2008

Are you happy with Ubuntu on the NC10?
Yes – Does exactly what I need 24% (84 votes)
Yes – But does not do everything 49% (170 votes)
No – Frustrating hardware issues 19% (65 votes)
No – Not my preferred OS 8% (26 votes)

Based on these results it seems that Ubuntu is a reasonably good OS for the NC10. I was hoping that future kernel updates would help to resolve some of the hardware issues. Unfortunately, comments on the forum suggest that this is not the case.

A positive spin on this blog

Posted in netbooks with tags , on November 16, 2008 by jb

Glancing quickly at this blog may give you the impression that it has been a pain getting Ubuntu working on the NC10. This is not fair. I want to put a positive spin on the use of Ubuntu and suggest that nearly all of the the issues highlighted on this blog are fairly minor ones. I have been running Ubuntu on the NC10 for two weeks now, I’m still confident that I made the right choice to install it. There is a good article that talks about ways of ‘spreading Linux’ that I agree with: http://hehe2.net/advocacy/help-spread-linux-without-preaching-it/

Netbooks are NOT driving a Linux revolution

Posted in netbooks with tags on November 15, 2008 by jb

For me the appeal of Linux is the flexibility that it affords. I think that the heavily customised Linux distributions offered by the Linux only Netbooks are putting people off, they work but that is not the point. Deciding what operating system / Linux distribution to install requires you to think about what you want your computer to do. I think that Ubuntu 8.10 is far better than Linpus Linux Lite that comes pre-installed on the Acer Aspire One, for example, but for some users Linpus Linux Lite might be sufficient to get the job done.

Ubuntu is clearly not a one size fits all solution. For example, The Elonex Webbook which ships with Ubuntu, was taken back to the shop by 20 per cent of purchasers. http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/buyers-give-thumbs-down-to-linux-netbooks-484642?src=rss&attr=all