Instalation of Intrepid Ibex on a Samsung X360:
Me: An experienced 'amateur' linux user. I use Fedora 9 at work, mostly at the prompt. I have never used KDE or Gnome as a part of my 'workflow'. I have been using coLinux on XP for about three years (a TERRIFIC solution by the way. I wasn't sure if I would go 100% Linux - but after about a week of use, I'm quite sure I will.
Purpose of this document:
To provide an accounting of my software / driver installations and to (hopefully) provide a community resource for those who wish to install Ubuntu on a Samsung X360.
Overview of the OS Installation:
1)To create a live USB installer that worked I used Fedora's liveusb-creator with the Ubuntu image. I would have installed Fedora as it is what we use at work, however, it had too many driver problems initially. I'm not biased, just want to spend the least amount of time possible 'tweaking' my computer. For whatever reason, Ubuntu's live usb stick wouldn't boot for me, but after I installed the Ubuntu.iso file using the Fedora liveusb-creator, it was a simple follow through of the menus.
I tried both Kubuntu and Ubuntu - notes below marked with (K) apply to the Kubuntu experience.
I have now used Super Ubuntu available here:
I believe this likely saved me several headaches with drivers, etc. It seems safe, and I recommend giving it a try.
2)Things that worked 'out of the box' on Super Ubuntu / Ubuntu / Kubuntu:
-Multimedia card reader (only tested SD)
-Mounting USB sticks
-Knetwork Manager and NetworkManager (K)
-Kmix and audio (see note below) and Pulse audio on SuperUbuntu
-Most of the system in general
-Some FN keys (Volume, Numlock, Sleep, mousepad lockout)
-Installing KDE and Gnome was not a problem
-Synaptic works well to install most software
-Adept also works fine
3)Things that have not been tested:
-Fingerprint reader *see below
- Amarok/Audio (it took me a while to get the version 2) and I had to install Xine. Eventually uninstalled the default version (thought 2.0 was default in KDE 4 but it wasn't for me) and followed these instructions:
- FN keys (K) - worked straight away with Ubuntu/Gnome
Volume controls eventually just magically worked, but it took some 'fiddling' with Kmix and also, as for most FN keys, I found the:
Kicker>SystemSettings>Keyboard>Keyboard Shortcuts to be very helpful! Especially the section on "KDE components"
- Compiz (consider this a test of the graphics card) (K) works fine on Ubuntu
I am still having some strange behavior with the X-server / graphics. I have an Intel GMX4500 chipset and haven't changed the default xorg-xserver driver, which I understand should work with Intel. Mostly, it works, but I usually have to login twice in order to see the top bars of the windows.
- Flash players: Adobe worked in Firefox, Gnash did not.
- Hibernate / Sleep: I haven't tested this extensively yet, but sleep does seem to work. The challenge results from sometimes strange X-behavior following wake. Sometimes I have to logout and log back in. This applies to both KDE and Gnome
-Backlight Control (now *patched* see below)
-Battery Usage (related to above)
-Shaky graphics (possibly the 128m is not a good enough card to handle all of compiz effects) - *edit* seems fine now.
-Recognition of a few FN keys (Backlight, Wireless switch, and a few others perhaps specific to Samsung)
General Review of the X360:
The formfactor is very nice overall, the machine is incredibly lightweight - almost too much so as it feels 'cheap', the screen resolution is good, not great (1400 would be nice), the brightness amazing. I would prefer to have a few 'hard' controls for things such as volume control and wireless. There are essentially no hardware controls aside from the power switch. It seems a little fragile, and I am already noting a few places where the screen seems to get touched by the keypad when the lid is closed. The glossy surface is just that: 'gloss'. I don't find it very practical, and it seems to attract smudges extensively. I have already some scratch on the metal portion of the finish which I am not sure what caused it - clearly something while in my bag.
I'm starting to notice rapid deterioration of quality with this machine. The mouse pad is showing signs of de-lamination and the bottom edge of the LCD screen seems to have a problem. Nothing serious yet, but these are causing me some concern... they make me suspect the quality of the machine overall. However, it is still running well, and Ubuntu is as ever, 'rock solid'.
Keypad and Mouse
The 'silver ion' buttons is pure marketing. I have had the machine for two weeks, and already I note 'smudges' on the space bar and e,r,t,i,o keys... typical of any 'used' keyboard. The mouse pad sensitivity drives me nuts, and I am hoping eventually to find a software solution, but I have not yet (**edit see below). All too often is my cursor placed on some random point of the screen as a result of my palms gently hitting the pad. It does have the side scroll bar which I consider essential. The buttons for the mousepad are a bit stiff and 'click' too loudly. The number keys are also a bit scrunched together with the pageup and pagedown keys and I often mis-key pageup for left, pagedn for right.
Bottom / Inside
I tried to open it up out of curiosity, but quit. It simply was not easy. I wanted to 'test' putting in a larger non-Flash HDD, but quickly realized this was getting in over my head. I am curious how I'll add the 1gb more to memory.
Don't count on the speakers filling a room. They are very 'tin'ee.
13" is a nice improvement over 12". Brightness is amazing. A slightly higher resolution would be nice, and as I noted earlier, it does seem it may be slightly fragile - only time will tell.
Missing Optical Drive
This is a big feature not to include. If Toshiba and Sony got it in their machines of equivalence... why not here. I didn't think I would miss it, as my prior machine did not have one, but recently I have found myself missing it.
*Installation of the fingerprint reader*
1) followed all instructions here:
followed trouble shooting and chgrp of /dev/bus/usb from root:root to rootlugdev... hasn't worked yet.
This was critical as the touchpad is entirely too sensitive and drove me crazy. Follow these instructions:
I was able to get a 'fix' following the work here, note the entry from washakie later in the thread as well.