Apr 13, 2014

XPS 13 Developer Edition - Day 1

So you pushed the Xubuntu 14.04 LTS Stick in and decided to give it a whirl. Before you go any further, keep in mind that, as of the end of day 1, I still have an overly sensitive trackpad, and can't get past the Operating System not found error without manual intervention. If you're cool with that, let's chat a bit about how I went about getting set up.




First, I went with XFCE. I don't hate Ubuntu proper but Dash isn't as efficient as I'd liked so I decided to step back a little.

Second, I installed a whole slew of software: The heroku toolbelt, build-essential, playonlinx, chromium, an xmodmap script, libreoffice, steam, dropbox, calibre, gnucash, audacity, gvim, vlc and many more.

I also got rid of some apps I'm unlikely to use like gnumeric, abiword, and thunderbird.

With that out of the way, here are some of the tweaks I've used:

1. On upgrade to 14.04 your trackpad may not work as it did before. You'll want to try blacklisting ic2_hid as mentioned in this post.

2. Trackpad still not where you want it? Try installing gpointing-device-settings as described in this post.

3. Want to rest your thumb on the trackpad the way you did on Mac OS X? Me too! I haven't been able to figure it out yet though I did find a blog comment where somebody left some instructions for debian. Didn't work for me but if it works for you, drop me a line!

And that's where I've gotten so far. Most of the other tweaks have been personal preferences to get the right programs and key bindings.

So what's next? I'd like to figure out that Operating System not found error (boot-repair did not work for me). I'd also like to try running a game like Hearthstone or Wildstar via PlayOnLinux. And then if things go really well, maybe try to get a VM set up with Windows or MacOS.

PS: if you mess something up badly and need your service tag number to get support from Dell, you can find it by typing. Probably do that now. :)


$ dmidecode | grep "Serial Number"


1 comment:

  1. I had the same issue on my xps 13 getting "operation system not found" after install of 14.04. After switching to UEFI mode and turning off legacy boot in the bios it is now booting normally.

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