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I enjoy using Ubuntu (sans Unity) and think open-source software will, and should, play a more dominant role in normal people's lives, but I am far from a Linux advocate. Or to put it another way, I'm more like a Linus than a Stallman.

Perhaps I'm the only one amused by this, but my most popular answers relate to opening magnet links from a web browser.

I like using the Awesome window-manager. Many questions about Awesome can be resolved by perusing a more experienced user's rc.lua file.

Most recently, I've been trying out i3, but I think I'll stick with Awesome as my main environment.


Feb
15
suggested suggested edit on Problem with Executing Boost Library
Feb
15
revised Disable Multitouch Driver and return to default touchpad
fixed explanation to be clearer and more applicable
Feb
15
answered Disable Multitouch Driver and return to default touchpad
Feb
15
comment Dual Boot: Ubuntu using 3 times more battery than Leopard?
Okay, so I added more info in my answer above. Disable laptop-mode-tools and use powertop to watch your power consumption. Note it is a text-based programs but there are menus along the top you can choose with the left/right arrow keys. Then enable laptop-mode and check using powertop again. You should see an improvement. The power management of the 3.0 kernel is supposed to be dismal though...I don't know how much of an improvement you'll get.
Feb
15
revised Dual Boot: Ubuntu using 3 times more battery than Leopard?
update with info on laptop-mode-tools
Feb
15
comment Dual Boot: Ubuntu using 3 times more battery than Leopard?
That's great! By the way, I don't know what error you got after you installed, but I don't think you should be running that command you tried. As for how you can tell it's doing something, I had run powertop before I installed, and after installation, I noticed that a lot of powertop's recommendations were now enabled (even though powertop doesn't save them, only suggests). So I figured it was laptop-mode-tools doing its thing. I also didn't have my laptop die so easily on me. That was a big indicator :-).
Feb
14
comment Dual Boot: Ubuntu using 3 times more battery than Leopard?
Hi, sorry, I have to run off now; I'll be back in 2 hours. Anyway, I don't have time to check your 2nd link, but note that there isn't a bug now. Your version is new enough it includes the fix. I think you're confused as to how the program works. Once you installed it, it is running immediately. There is no GUI for it, it is something that runs in the background like many other programs. You can configure its configuration file which is a text file somewhere (I'll find it later for you). And yes, it will be automatically running each time you boot up.
Feb
14
comment Unable to update Ubuntu 10.10 installed in MacBook Pro with dual boot
Unfortunately, a google search strongly suggests that this is due to differences between Leopard and Snow Leopard. It works on the latter...but perhaps not on the former as you are finding :( Given the length of this comment thread, I suggest starting another question with the all the info you have so far. You'll get more eyes as it is a new question. I think I've run out of ideas :( But I'll try again later (have to rush off).
Feb
14
comment Dual Boot: Ubuntu using 3 times more battery than Leopard?
The beauty of laptop-mode-tools is that it configures a lot of stuff automatically for you. I haven't had to make any adjustments to its configuration file. But if you google, you can find the developer webpage and other useful sites that will explain how to tweak your configuration. I'd also recommend powertop -- it is a diagnostic tool that will show you what is consuming the most energy and it also makes recommendations of what to adjust (but unfortunately it doesn't let you save those recommendations).
Feb
14
revised Why does powertop think I have two displays?
new info on problem, possibly could help diagnose
Feb
14
revised Dual Boot: Ubuntu using 3 times more battery than Leopard?
title had a typo: "tan" instead of "than"
Feb
14
suggested suggested edit on Dual Boot: Ubuntu using 3 times more battery than Leopard?
Feb
14
answered Dual Boot: Ubuntu using 3 times more battery than Leopard?
Feb
14
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Feb
14
comment Why does powertop think I have two displays?
No, that's not it. I have all the ports turned off using powertop, but I still have that mysterious, extra "display backlight".
Feb
14
answered When plugged in my laptop's CPU load gets higher
Feb
14
answered GRUB does not allow me to boot into hard drive
Feb
14
asked Why does powertop think I have two displays?
Feb
14
comment Unable to update Ubuntu 10.10 installed in MacBook Pro with dual boot
Some additional comments: Since you know the the sizes of everything, hopefully you won't have any problems identifying the different partitions in following those instructions. You should start with sudo gdisk /dev/disk0 as he does (it's extremely unlikely your EFI partition is not disk0, but if you see anything bizarre that doesn't match your info so far, you should quit and come back here). Also, I don't know if this is to be concerned about but 200MB is extremely large for a BIOS boot partition... probably no point in worrying about it now. 199MB lost megabytes won't matter, I hope.
Feb
14
comment Unable to update Ubuntu 10.10 installed in MacBook Pro with dual boot
Yes, you run it from the terminal in OS X. So follow the directions up to and including step 8. Your configuration is different, so you won't be selecting three partitions as he does, but only two [your Mac partition and your Linux main partition, the "root partition" (not boot or swap)]. Once you do this, you reboot and at the refit menu, sync the partition tables. Then after (assuming no error messages!), you should be able to reboot and see only two boot icons.