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Ubuntu 10.10 for the O2 Joggler

I’ve been trying a new Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) image out on my O2 Joggler this week and it is a big improvement over the 9.04 images I’ve been using previously and everything works out of the box without any fiddling.

The image includes all the software normally shipped with the base Ubuntu distribution with the addition of the Chromium browser and Florence on-screen keyboard (see screenshot) which is a huge improvement to the CellWriter keyboard I had been using before. It also includes fixes to the brightness applet so it is usable from the touchscreen and fully working sound through external jack and speakers although this is currently only switchable after a reboot.

Use of the new btrfs filesystem with compression enabled means the install only takes 1.1GB of space as opposed to 2.5GB without compression and it includes EMGD drivers v1.5 and working Compiz and OpenGL however anyone running XBMC should note that it currently doesn’t work with the EMGD driver, nor does the new Ubuntu Unity desktop intended for netbooks.

Download the Ubuntu Maverick 10.10 image for the O2 Joggler.

Linux Mint
Images for Linux Mint 9 and 10 RC are also available from the same site.

11 comments to Ubuntu 10.10 for the O2 Joggler

  • I’m glad the release has been of some use to you. There was a new release today that fixes the sound issues plus some other improvements. Also just the kernel packages http://joggler.exotica.org.uk/packages/ if you wanted to just install those. Cheers.

  • Great, thanks for the info. Will check it out.

  • colinK

    Excuse my ignorance. I would appreciate if you could guide to where I can find expanded instructions on using the relevant files above:

    I have downloaded the maverick 10.10 file instructions say:
    “Decompress and copy to a blank / unused USB Stick (4gb minimum) using a command such as dd: (Note that all previous contents on the USB stick will be wiped!)

    gzip -dc ubuntumaverick-v1.3.img.gz | dd of=/dev/YOUR_USB_DEVICE”

    I do know how to decompress and copy but the “DD” command and example above does not mean anything to me.

    Secondly what do I do with the 2.6.34 deb file

    Thanks ColinK

  • dd is a standard Linux/unix command to write an image to a device. The command above will uncompress and write it in one go, it just needs the location of your USB stick putting in place of “YOUR_USB_DEVICE”.
    One way to find the location of the USB stick is to plug it in and run dmesg and you will see it mentioned in the last few lines, something like “sd 29:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk” where sdb is the location. It could be something like sda, sbd, sdc – Don’t just try these blindly though or you could screw your system up by writing to the wrong device.

    However, I note you posted this from a Windows machine, if you are doing it on Windows you will need an app called Win32DiskImager from here. With that you just need to point it to the image and select the drive letter your USB stick is on and click write. Again be sure you check the drive letter you have selected is the right one for your USB stick.

    The deb files linked to by Jools are for updating the older image, if you have downloaded the image currently available here then you won’t need those.

    Cheers,
    Nathan

  • CatDog

    I was wondering when they released 10.10 how it would fair on my joggler but have had no time to try it. Have you tried the netbook install of 10.10 with the Unity Interface? The Unity interface looks like it might work well on the jogglers touchscreen and size.

  • Unity won’t work on it yet unfortunately, something to do with an incompatibility with the EMGD drivers used on the Joggler. The netbook edition of 9.10 worked well though and I think Unity will too once the driver issues are worked out.

    Not sure the Ubuntu decision to switch the default desktop to Unity for 11.04/natty is a good idea though. Still early days I know but based on how it is in Natty right now I’ll be sticking with Gnome 2 or going back to Debian.

  • Rajil Saraswat

    I faced some issues with the 1.3.1 version (ext4).

    1. The sound was completely blocked. I had to remove pulseaudio packages to get the sound working.
    2. Easystroke 5.x version gave some error about not compatible with Xorg 1.7. Had to compile 4.11 version on the joggler to get it going. Unfortunately, it worked only once and after a reboot it didnt work at all.
    3. Mythtv doesnt go fullscreen, rather stays in a window.

    Luckily, i had backed up the Karmic UNR version before flashing to Maverick. So i am back to Karmic again.

  • nrog

    How do I increase the size of my Unetbootin partition to the maximum size of my Usb stick during the initial install?
    I installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my 16 gig Usb stick to use with my Open Peak o2 Joggler .
    I was very please with the results. It booted into the normal default Gnome desktop (res : 800 x 480) .
    Fine but for the very fiddly finger tip touch experience ,experienced even at this low resolution of desktop .
    So I decided to install some of my favorite apps ,followed by rebooting into the Netbook interface of 10.10 for a better finger tip interface experience . I very quickly ran out of space when installing software and apps and found out that the initial Unetbootin partition was only 4 gig in size , leaving the rest , just under 12 gig free and not being used .
    Do I use g parted to resize my Unetbootin USB partition ?
    Or maybe use a command line switch to install a larger initial partition in the first place , while transferring my ISO or img over to the stick?
    Any help would be useful.

  • gparted would do the job.

  • nrog

    Thanks for the Reply , Nathan.
    Having investigated a bit more into the Gparted route (version 0.8.0 – Feb 2011) , it appears that the built in Btrfs tools, do not Grow (or Shrink) Btrfs partitions.
    A work around , suggested to me was to create an additional partition in the free space and then copy the contents from old to new partition . Having said that , someone else said that , in reality , I have not run out of space at all but that the No Space Notification was an incompatibility with Btrfs and the Kernel the Distro was using – any Kernel pre the newest one 2.6.38 (which at the time of writing has not even come out yet) has the potential to give this error.
    Next ,I will try another Brand of USB Stick and if I still have no joy i.e I still get the no Space error with Btrfs , I’ll just use the EXT4 images instead!
    I suppose that would solve that problem .
    What a pity that bugs and incompatibilities in Btrfs , can ruin such a brilliant Mod/Hack for my/the Joggler .
    P.S I’m now curious to know if anyone else has had the same No Space Left error as I have had.

  • Ah, of course, didn’t think about compatibility of gparted with btrfs.

    Interesting about the kernel issue, haven’t heard of that before, could well be the cause if you haven’t put much on it. The default install leaves over 2GB free in / if that helps.

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