Posts Tagged ‘ubuntu’

On our last party, I started using my old webcam to make a picture every 5 minutes to document the fun we were having. I used camorama, which has a build in feature to do exactly that.

Today I wanted to do the same with the webcam on my girlfriends netbook. UNR comes with Cheese, which does not have the ability to take pictures in regular intervals, but it worked out  of the box. I installed camorama, but for some reason it did not work.

After some debugging it still didn’t work so I though: this is Linux, there must be an easy hack to make Cheese take pictures automatically, and there is:

cheese& while true; do xvkbd -text " "; sleep 300; done

Running this in bash/a terminal will start Cheese and then simulate pressing the space key every 5 minutes. And Space is the shortcut for Take a photo. Of course you can’t do anything else on the netbook while this is running since Cheese has to be focused for this to work (There probably is a hack to fix that too).

Linux rocks!


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Netbook Part 4


Let me say first, that I hate GNOME! 🙂 But I like the UNR version. It has more a Smartphone (that works) feeling than a desktop PC feeling, but that’s fine by me. The preinstalled apps are simple and everything you need is there. Only the movie player sucks. Everything is very well integrated, so it is suitable for use on non-geek users.

But I installed KDE 4.2.2 too and after I changed the font size to 8 and 120DPI, its useable. But e.g. the Kopete “Add account” window is to big, so you can’t click on the Next button. Everything runs fluidly, even the compiz effects. Not as fast as GNOME but still.

Hibernation/Suspend seem to be working.


Here are some pics

Also one last note: All (USB) ports are on the side of the netbook. One USB port per side. Very practical. No ports are on the front- or backside.

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Netbook Part 3

What else works (out of the box)

I tested the webcam with Cheese, the have-fun-with-your-webcam tool that is included in UNR. Taking snapshots works, but video capture doesn’t (not fluidly anyways). The card reader works (tested SDHC and Memorystick) and the earplugs jack works fine as well.

glxgears says my graphics card can do 145 FPS.

What doesn’t works

Voice recording doesn’t works out of the box, like the Ubuntu wiki says. Adding options snd-hda-intel model=basic to my ALSA config helped, but the voice recording app still doesn’t records anything. Didn’t try out more apps like Skype till now.

What I didn’t test

I didn’t test Bluetooth, since I have no other Bluetooth device 😉 Didn’t test the Mic jack, but I don’t think that works. Also didn’t test Modem and ExpressCard/34 Slot (whatever that is ..?).

If you want me to test something else, do tell me.

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Netbook Part 2

Hardware support

All tests by the System Testing utility of Ubuntu worked. That means: Internet (WLAN over WPA), Networking, Keyboard & Mouse, Display resolution (1024×600), Sound and Video playback. The Display is correctly auto-detected and the quality of the display is really really great, considering it is only 9″.

Typing is a little weird, because the keys are a little small for my hands. Also the position of some keys is really stupid (Photo later). But very important: There is no windows key!!! Yeah! There is a Home-Key 🙂

Installing updates right now. Part 3 soon.

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Netbook Part 1

I got my girl a netbook for her birthday and today it arrived. A brand-new Lenovo IdeaPad S9e: 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, WLAN, Bluetooth, 4in1 Reader, Webcam, 1.1kg. Very pretty too.

Installing Linux

Regrettable it came with WinXP (kotz! [german for puke]) so I installed Ubuntu Netbook Remix (9.04). Copying the image with dd didn’t work at first, so I used unetbootin. Don’t know what that did, but after that, booting from USB drive worked fine. Installing Ubuntu was as easy as ever. Most time I spend setting up a useful partition table and deciding on it’s computer name.

No problems so far.

Part 2 soon.

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