Thursday, January 10, 2008

Linux on Advent 9112

A while ago my wife got a (two actually) Advent 9112 portable. Elgiganten and PC City (Swedish companies part of Dixons) has been seeling them really cheap, and in spite of their small size, they seems to be rather nice machines (they even have IEEE1394 ports if you need that).
(They are rebranded machines, original name is ECS S20II).

Anyway, this is a consumer information post for those considering one of those. As Ubuntu is our standard distro nowadays, Gutsy was what we tried. Basically, everything worked out of the box (although it took us a good while to figure out that we had to enable the built in camera with a Fn-sequence).

In spite of what is said on the tech guys page, the wlan card didn't seem to be a Intel card but a realtek one (the rt73usb driver was used). We noticed network issues after hibernation sometimes but didn't care enough to examine those.

However, she no longer has this machine. The first one she got had a hot subpixel that was rather annoying, and the replacement had the problem off turning itself off randomly (not very often, the first time was after a week's usage). When we returned that, we decided to get a HP TX1345 instead (mainly because we thought it'd be fun with a touchscreen). I'll write about that one later.

PulseAudio and v4l2 for Flash

I just tried out PulseAudio yesterday and found it a rather enjoyable experience. The only thing that didn't work out of the box turned out to be Adobe Flash. I soon found libflashsupport that I think is rather interesting. In addition to how it's used there, I'm guessing it should be easy to whip out support for v4l2, which would help if you have a modern laptop and want to use the uvcvideo-driver.