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Senior Open Source Developer at the Open Source Group of Samsung Research America


Oct
1
comment What should I do when Ubuntu freezes?
Freezes on different drivers are debugged in different ways. For instance, -intel has a set of debugging tools you can install that allow you to capture GPU dumps. See wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Troubleshooting/Freeze for details.
Oct
1
comment What should I do when Ubuntu freezes?
Looking through the other commenters on this page, you can see suggestions all over the map. Freezes are an unfortunately common end result of a whole variety of different kinds of problems. They can be software, hardware, or a combination of the two. This is why it is extremely important that the original reporter provide as detailed and thorough a report as possible. This is also why two people both experiencing similar freezes really have to be treated as completely separate bugs, unless their HW and SW are exactly the same.
Oct
1
comment What should I do when Ubuntu freezes?
You should also consider your hardware and driver. Some drivers like -intel are more likely to have freeze bugs than other drivers like -ati. Hardware also can play a factor, such as if you put a high end ATI card into a box with a sketchy power supply. Bad RAM, buggy motherboards, overheating, power irregularities, etc. all can result in freezes.
Oct
1
comment What should I do when Ubuntu freezes?
Well, generally when I find myself using the word 'random' in describing a bug, I take that as a clue that I need to do a bit more to better characterize the bug. E.g., how often does it happen, are there any things that seem more likely to trigger it than others, if any other symptoms occur in conjunction, etc.
Aug
25
comment How to set up good video support on radeon 3850
The xserver-xorg-video-ati driver is the one to use; -radeonhd is deprecated.
Aug
25
comment How to get more people involved in improving X.org for Ubuntu?
I've done two bug hug days for X so far. Hardly anyone showed up to do triaging, and we did not gain any new members from it.
Aug
25
comment How to get more people involved in improving X.org for Ubuntu?
A mentorship program is actually a really good idea. We've talked about some ideas around that, but the challenge so far has been finding people willing to give it a try.
Aug
25
comment How to get more people involved in improving X.org for Ubuntu?
Having a variety of graphics cards seems like it should be important but in my experience so far, it's useful but not critical. What I find most useful is having 2 computers - one for your regular daily use that's kept stable, and a second one you can break X, debug, ssh into, etc.
Aug
25
comment How to get more people involved in improving X.org for Ubuntu?
I agree with you about the pain of proprietary drivers from a developer perspective. But at the ubuntu distro level mostly we're interested in the packaging of the drivers, which is open source and could benefit from community involvement in improving it.
Aug
21
comment How can I run Dwarf Fortress in text mode (ncurses) on my Linux VPS?
I got that symbol not found error, and installing lib32ncursesw5-dev and lib32ncursesw5 (I'm on 64-bit) solved it.
Aug
20
comment Automatic logoff
You mention using Excel... Are you running Excel under Wine, or by Excel do you mean OpenOffice Calc ?
Aug
20
comment Blank screen on boot after upgrade from 9.04 to 10.04 with a toshiba tecra a2. Fix?
Those are both good links.
Aug
20
comment My home directory just goes away. Why?
Also, what method did you use to do the copying? And did you copy all the hidden dotfiles from your prior install?
Aug
20
comment My home directory just goes away. Why?
Can you post the contents of your /etc/fstab file?
Aug
19
comment Blank screen, blinking cursor on boot
Fwiw, I have one box that also has this symptom on 10.04, but holding the shift key never brings up GRUB for some reason. Seems to take about 3 tries to get it booted.
Aug
19
comment How do I set different settings for different mice?
Sure, no prob. Really, it's the same format as xorg.conf so if you've ever had the fortune of editing xorg.conf, you'll know it. man xorg.conf serves as a good reference. Driver-specific settings can be had via their man pages, e.g. man intel, man evdev, man wacom, et al.
Aug
11
comment How to get more people involved in improving X.org for Ubuntu?
I think you're right that these are all issues that a potential volunteer might think as being reasons they couldn't work on X. However, there's a lot of stuff that doesn't require "opening the hood" that a person could do to help a lot - triaging bugs, answering user's questions, tracking down good patches worth including in Ubuntu. Stuff that doesn't really face these particular problems.
Aug
11
comment How to get more people involved in improving X.org for Ubuntu?
Actually, what we need is not really more bug reports (we've got TONS), but rather people to go through all the reports that people have sent in to Ubuntu, sort the good from the bad, and help users where possible. We actually have fairly little trouble getting lots of people to test; many of them don't know how to write 'good' bug reports, but with some triaging work they can be improved (and forwarded upstream for further work). It's
Aug
11
comment How to get more people involved in improving X.org for Ubuntu?
We've got a bunch of docs at wiki.ubuntu.com/X to help people who want to help on X. Covers basic X issues, describes some of the X bug handling processes, and so on. It's a wiki so feel free to add to it, too.
Aug
9
comment How can I strip down Ubuntu?
Really, to trim up my system, I don't worry about what's installed but rather on what's running. And that's usually the services rather than apps. For instance, I may be trying to max out battery performance on a laptop. To do this, I use the most excellent 'power-top' to see what apps or services are consuming the most power and shut them down. For instance, I will disable ubuntu-one, pulseaudio, bluetooth, sometimes even network-manager. I've been able to as much as double the battery life of a netbook temporarily this way. To see what's running: service --status-all