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Re: arm laptops and d-i

On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 04:27:31PM -0700, Shawn wrote:
> I'm writing this from the Samsung ARM chromebook, running Debian
> https://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn/Samsung/ARMChromebook

Ouch... that's substantially less pleasant than Omega Oan, with respect to
both installation and usability once installed.  And also there's a load of
magical key combinations that you can't figure on your own.

In the end, the only thing I was lacking was a "battery_lid" control that
gives a battery meter (a nice thing to have on a laptop...) and notifies
about closing/opening the lid.

Another minor glitch was the proprietary graphics driver causing visual
corruption during scrolling; installing it was pointless as I never once
ran a GLES program, I lost track of steps I would need to undo though.
If I knew, I'd run entirely free software.

In all other regards, it's a regular laptop, just with a badly underpowered
CPU.  But hey, $150 new for a full-sized laptop, enough for a thin client if
you have a server in a hacklab or ssh home.  And then you're back to the
land of comfortable keyboards and multiple large screens.  (Some of you
might not hate laptops as much as I do.)

[Wookey: those keyboard problems were my fault, I force-unglued stuff inside
trying to take a look at the innards; the glue turned out to be structurally
important for not letting the keyboard buckle up.  I just had to get some
glue from a shop in Neuchatel to fix it.]


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