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5 October 2009

Ubuntu Karmic tryouts

Ubuntu update required

My girlfriend had a very weird bug on her openoffice and on many gtk apps, where hovering the buttons or going one page down or up wouldn’t refresh the display correctly. I have tried many things, but nothing worked correctly. She had also weird bugs while using WPA2 WiFi network.

So, instead of doing an update, as usual, I took the beta of the Ubuntu Karmic 9.10 and reinstalled the laptop.
I usually have /home on separate partitions, and that proved once again to be a good idea.


The installation went without many issues, once I fixed the Dell MediaDirect mess that screwed up the partition table. The installation was quite fast too. The new look seems quite ok, but nothing "woauw".

Then, I reinstalled it on 3 other machines.


  • Great installation, wifi and most devices worked, without issues,
  • Many applications correctly installed,
  • Great new look for the windows and overall look,
  • Ubuntu Software Center seems quite a nice step forward,
  • vlc has moved from multiverse to universe and is up-to-date,


  • nVidia drivers install is still counter-logical,
  • Humanity icons suck. Orange ones are too much of the same, and the grey ones (WiFi and so on) are impossible to read,
  • F-Spot and Tomboy… .Net crap and slow… Seriously I don’t get it.

Meeting Mark and Ubunteros

For some reasons, I met Mark at a conference and said "Hi!". Nothing important, but still cool.

He made a cool talk about Cadence, Quality and Design.

Then, I met a few cool Ubuntu developers (and former DD) and it was nice, except that we had a big discussion about vlc not being in main.

Here are some of the reasons and some ‘bad faith’ comments from me:

  • VLC is too big for core install (haha, Mono!)
  • there is already one multimedia stack, GStreamer (then WTF does xine hang there?)

Anyway, it was quite cool, and this Ubuntu release seems very promising.

27 February 2008

MacBook install: triple boot: linux, windows, Mac OS

This details the installation of a MacBook white, shipped in the beginning of 2008.

Set up Mac OS X


First before anything, update to the latest MacOS X.5.2, and all the necessary downloads... Reboot as many times as needed


Then, install VLC, Firefox 3 b├ęta, Adium and Xcode if you need it.


Quite easy, so far, no ?

Install Windows XP

Be sure to have your Windows XP SP2 CD and a legit license number.


Go to spotlight, look for Boot Camp assistant or find it from your Applications folder.

  • Run it.
  • Prepare a disk space for Windows ( 16GB is ok, I think )
  • Quit and re-run it.
  • Install Windows with your CD Rom inside.
  • Reboot and wait during all the Windows installation that is long and needs a couple of reboots. Mine did fail once, for no obvious reasons.

Windows XP

Once you have your complete Windows XP installation, you will see a Boot Camp icon on your task bar. Keep it.

  • Put the Apple OS X CD-ROM in, and let it do all the installation of the drivers. It may require some reboots, but at the end, you have a very new and completely functional Windows XP!
  • Reboot
  • Do your Windows Update and reboot and again, and reboot, and again... Until nothing appears there.
  • Launch the Boot Camp assistant and Default Mac OS HD

Mac OS again

Reboot to mac OS. Be pleased.


This should work with any distribution and was tested with Debian and Ubuntu


  • Go to Applications/Utils and launch Disk Tool
  • Split and resize the main partition in order to have a new partition that you name Linux and format in HFS. (16GB here)
  • Check everything.

Reboot on linux

  • Put your linux live CD and reboot
  • Press `C` to boot on the CD
  • Launch your live-CD and install linux.


During the install I deleted the new partition and added two in place:

  • One root partition /
  • One swap 1GB
  • Finish everything, reboot

You should be careful to install your grub in your linux partition and NOT in the MBR, to let reFit do it correctly.


On Mac OS X, install rEFIt and configure it quite quickly.

Reboot and use rEFIt to boot on linux using the "option" key.

Configure linux

You have all you want working except the wireless... Which is a Broadcom BCM4328

sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils-1.9

Find in your Windows partition your wireless drivers:

sudo su

cp -r /media/Windows/WINDOWS/DRVSTORE/bcmwl5_**/ /root/

mv bcmwl5_*** bcmw

cd bcmw

ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf

ndiswrapper -l

ndiswrapper -m

modprobe ndiswrapper



Uncomment what is needed in your sources.list.



If you have any issues, like not having the linux partition shown anymore, reinstall grub on your linux partition with a live-CD.