Ubuntu 8.10 on the LG X110 (X110-G.A7HBV3)

I’ve been playing with a new netbook, the LG X110, which is based on the MSI Wind. After using the Windows XP installation it comes with for an hour I got sick of it and decided to install Ubuntu 8.10. As the X110 does not have a CD-ROM drive and I do not have an external one, I had to find some other way of installing Ubuntu. Here is how I did it:

lg-x110-netbook

Things you are going to need:

  • USB memory stick (I used a 1GB one).
  • Internet connection through cable (ethernet) on the X110.
  1. Get UNetbootin, run it and choose Distribution: Ubuntu – 8.10_NetInstall.
    unetbootin
  2. Insert a USB memory stick into your computer.
  3. Select the correct USB Drive from within UNetbootin.
  4. Press OK and wait for the program to finish
    — Now let’s get on with the actual installation! —
  5. Follow the installation process (you can choose the 8.10_Live image in step 1 if you want a graphical installation instead of the text based installer of the NetInstall)
  6. You are all done, the only thing you need to fiddle with to get working is the wireless network card and the webcam, luckily some nice people already wrote some guides for the MSI Wind, which also apply to this netbook: wireless guidewebcam guide.

I setup the X110 to use full disc encryption and as far as I can tell the performance loss is not very noticeable, I only really feel it when copying very large files. I also tweaked ubuntu and especially Firefox quite a bit to make the most of the small screen, I will write more about this in a later blog post.

And of course I had to try to take apart the X110, just to see what was inside, below is a picture with the bottom cover removed.

LG X110 cover removed

Update: Ubuntu 9.10 works out of the box with both wifi, webcam and 3G modem, the same installation method as above still works.

SE K800i, Linux and Windows

I’ve had the pleasure of playing with a Sony Ericsson K800i phone for some time now, this is my experience in using the phone with Linux and Windows.

Linux:

The K800i works with Linux (Ubuntu 6.10 in my case) to some degree. Transfering files to/from the phone is easy, just plug in the USB cable, choose “File Transfer” mode on the phone and it works as a standard USB mass storage device. It is also possible to transfer files to/from the phone using an infrared port, to get this to work in Ubuntu i simply did the following:

# apt-get install irda-utils irda-tools irda-common
# /etc/init.d/irda-utils start

To send files to the phone, use: “ircp fileToTransfer”
To recieve files from the phone, use: ircp -r (and send the file from the phone using infrared).

Just a reminder: It’s amazing how silly you feel after having run “ircp file” in despair for the 117th time, only to find out that you forgot to enable infrared on the phone.On a final note on the Linux stuff, I have plans to start making an application to communicate with the K800i using bluetooth in Linux. I’ve already found the DisGUISE project which looks quite interesting, although i don’t have much experience with C#.

SE K800i

Windows:

The K800i works fine with windows, when you plug in the USB cable and select “File Transfer” mode it works as a standard USB mass storage device. But when it comes to everything else besides file transfering, i suggest you use float’s Mobile Agent. FMA enables you to do anything with your SE phone, send and recieve calls and text messages, synchronize your phonebook and calendar and much, much more. One of the neatest features is the ability to use your phone to remotely control various applications, f.ex. Winamp, Windows Media Player, Powerpoint, ICQ, etc. and it’s quite easy to add support for more applications.