I thought I’d post a bit more on my migration and set up of 64-bit Ubuntu on my new Dell laptop.
I used Automatix2 to install:
- GnomeBaker (CD/DVD burning software, not tried yet)
- Chat clients AMSN, Skype, XChat
- Sun Java 1.6
- Multimedia applications: mplayer plus its firefox plugin, multimedia codecs, Audacity, Easytag, Exaile, Kino, RealPlayer10, and VLC Media Player
- a boatload of extra fonts including MS fonts and Red Hat’s Liberation fonts
- Google Earth
- OpenOffice Clipart
- Bluefish (html editor)
- Scribus (desktop publishing)
- gFTP (my preferred ftp client)
To get flash working, I ended up following the directions at the Ubuntu Forums, with Janvitus’ uPure64 Repository. With Janvitus’ repository enabled
sudo apt-get install nspluginwrapper
will get the necessary tool to allow 32-bit plugins to run inside a 64-bit firefox (or mozilla). I did something slightly different than the instructions at the Ubuntu Forum, I already had downloaded and untarred flashplayer 9 from Adobe into my home directory. As my normal user I issued the following command from my home directory
nspluginwrapper -i install_flash_player_9_linux/libflashplayer.so
This installed the necessary plugin in .mozilla/plugins. The Ubuntu Forums post says to move it to your firefox plugins folder, but mine worked just fine from the .mozilla/plugins folder.
To get the nVidia card to use the latest driver, I installed the nvidia-glx-new package using synaptic. I made what I now believe to be a mistake in running the nvidia settings application to set up the video and my synaptics touchpad quit working as I wanted it. I think the best way to set up the nvidia driver is to use
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xorg-server
You can take most of the defaults, just make sure you select the nvidia driver.
I finally poked around in synaptic and got the drivers, etc. for the synaptic touchpad. I’d like to tell you exactly what I did, but I just don’t recall. ISTR not having the driver loaded in the initial install and had to get it. I apparently didn’t know which kernel module to insert, and my touchpad didn’t really work right until I rebooted.
I find the default settings on the touchpad don’t work well for me. I was constantly accidentally getting something selected because a touch was interpreted as a tap. To get control, I installed gsynaptics using the synaptic package manager. I needed to add
Option "SHMConfig" "true"
to /etc/X11/xorg.conf and restart the X-server (log out and hit Ctrl-Bckspce at the graphical login screen) before I could run gsynaptics (found on the System/Preferences menu as Touchpad). For what it’s worth, here is my Synaptics input device section of my xorg.conf file:
Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad"
Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "HorizScrollDelta" "0"
Option "SHMConfig" "true"