In it’s default configuration Desktop Effects are disabled for various graphics chips including Intel X3100 (GM965/GL960) which is what’s in my Lenovo T61.
There is an easy way of disabling the blacklist – locate this line in /usr/bin/compiz:
T="$T 8086:2982 8086:2992 8086:29a2 8086:2a02 8086:2a12" # intel 965
Note: Intel 965 has been removed from the blacklist in Hardy. On the other hand compiz started crashing on me after upgrading to Hardy so YMMV.
Update: (16-01-2008) After updating compiz today it no longer crashes.
Update: (08-02-2008) I have simply given up on compiz. It runs for a few minutes then crashes. I am not the only with this problem.
Please read the updated article instead.
AT&T now have a version of their Global Network Client for Linux (if you don’t what it is then you don’t need it). Unfortunately they only released it for RPM based distributions.
There are some limitations in the Linux version; most noticeably it only
Various persons have reported that converting the packages using
does not work.
Not to worry, a kind soul has taken the time create a script that converts the RPMs to a working Debian package.
- Download the client from AT&T
- Get this script from André F. Macêdo’s website (mirror)
Setup the right environment:
$ chmod 700 ubuntu_rpm2deb.sh
$ ./ubuntu_rpm2deb.sh --deps
and then convert the downloaded RPM:
$ ./ubuntu_rpm2deb.sh <name of RPM>
Package convert process completed! Please report problems on http://blog.afmacedo.com
$ sudo dpkg -i agnclient_<version>-1.1_i386.deb
If you have IBM Mobility Client running you need to stop the daemon before trying to connect using AT&T Netclient
$ sudo /etc/init.d/ibm-wclient stop
Gmail Filesystem provides a mountable Linux filesystem which uses your Gmail account as its storage medium. Gmail Filesystem is a Python application and uses the FUSE userland filesystem infrastructure to help provide the filesystem, and libgmail to communicate with Gmail.
There is a problem with gmailfs in Gutsy or rather libgmail
$ sudo mount.gmailfs none /gmailfs
HTTP Error 400: Bad Request
Fortunately the fix is easy (or workaround until the libgmail package is updated).
$ sudo install python-setuptools
$ sudo easy_install --upgrade libgmail
This one has caused my some head aches; I wanted to use ISO-8859-1(5) but no matter what I did, GNOME Terminal would select ANSI_X3.4-1968 as character encoding (screwing up everything related to danish characters).
Create or edit the file
$ sudo locale-gen --purge
Log out and from GDM select language “English (Denmark)” and answer yes
The default method of hibernation provided by powermanagement-interface seems to be flaky at best (it does not work on either my T41 or my T61).
Luckily µswsusp works out of the box
After installing the uswsusp package you need to make sure to “remove” ACPI hibernation as this is the first choice of hibernation selected by the HAL scripts called from GNOME. You must also make sure that no other hibernation packages are installed.
$ sudo apt-get remove hibernate
$ sudo apt-get install uswsusp
$ sudo dpkg-divert --rename --divert /etc/acpi/hibernate.sh-disabled /etc/acpi/hibernate.sh
$ sudo ln -sf /sbin/s2disk /usr/sbin/s2disk
If you want to make use of the hibernate button make the following changes:
First we divert the event script used by ACPI so our own script will not be overwritten when the acpi-support package is upgraded
$ sudo dpkg-divert --rename --divert /etc/acpi/hibernatebtn.sh-disabled /etc/acpi/hibernatebtn.sh
Then create a new
with this simple content
Optionally, if you want the spiffy splash screens duringhibernate/restore, also install the splashy and splashy themes (you’ll have to edit
and add a line saying “splash = y” to use them)
$ sudo apt-get install splashy splashy-themes
After taking my time to get around to it I took the exam today and passed. I am now a VMware Certified Professional