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Re: [K12OSN] The new Ubuntu 8.04 server



Hi, guys.

Sorry to have been so aloof for so long.  I don't have this listserv set
up in such an easily accessible way, atm.  But, I thought I'd post some
instructions for all those using the SYM1110 or SYM1112 on Hardy.

The Geode GX2 chipset has issues with ubuntu's usplash.  So, the splash
screen needs to be turned off:

sudo sed -i -e
's/splash//' /var/lib/tftpboot/ltsp/i386/pxelinux.cfg/default

Also, even with the driver improvements that we've made on the Geode -
which have been both for the LX and GX2 chipsets, these chipsets are
very much dependent on the BIOS.  As it happens, some BIOSes lie about
their configurations to the OS and claim to have an internal LCD panel
when they do not.  The driver uses different timings if there is a
panel.  So, to get the right timings for the video modes that you want,
we recommend the following lts.conf params on LTSP5:

X_COLOR_DEPTH=16
X_OPTION_01 = "\"NoPanel\" \"true\""

I hope that explains things well enough.  The 16-bit color depth ensures
you can get the highest possible mode (and is thin client friendlier).  
Since the issue of the lying BIOS is not the driver's fault, it would be
wrong of us to include something in upstream that would disable the
panel regardless of what the BIOS says.

In terms of the bootsplash, it is on the board as something to address,
because everybody likes a nice bootsplash.  :)

Cheers,

-Gideon

PS:  I am crawling back into my hole, so please no offense if I am not
heard from for some time.  :)

On Thu, 2008-05-01 at 16:13 -0700, Huck wrote:
> Those guys at Symbio sure are helpful!
> he provided me with some video drivers 4yrs ago as well..
> 
> --Huck
> 
> Rob Owens wrote:
> > Gideon Romm had some debs he sent me to get the AMD driver to work on Gutsy.  Not sure if he's got them for Hardy as well.  He told me that Symbio had hired a developer to fix the AMD video driver, but I guess it wasn't done in time for inclusion in Hardy (based on what you're saying).
> > 
> > You can probably get Gideon at support symbio-technologies com
> > 
> > -Rob
> > 
> > On Thu, May 01, 2008 at 03:06:24PM -0600, Alan Hodson wrote:
> >> List:
> >>
> >> After downloading the brand new Ubuntu 8.04 server and the Edubuntu 8.04 Addons isos, burning them, and installing them (edubuntu needs to be installed from Synaptic/CD source) and after running "sudo ltsp-build-client" the awesome looking ubuntu thin clients are available to Thin Client clusters (with the exception perhaps of the AMD Geode-based thin clients like the SYM1112 that just hangs...)
> >>
> >> Is anybody using a patch or work-around for the SYM112? I had been told that the earlier Gutsy release of Ubuntu included a very broken amd driver, as well as a broken Xserver, that this new version was going to fix.
> >>
> >> Can anybody perhaps cross-post with the Ubuntu folks to see if they have solutions? 
> >>
> >> Thanks
> >> Alan Hodson
> >> El Paso ISD - TX
> >> http://links.episd.org/3e4sh8
> >> -=o=-
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