Wednesday 6 February 2008

Gutsy, Dell XPS M1330 and a very large external monitor

My Dell has an nvidia card. I run Gutsy. At work I have a 24" widescreen (Acer AL2416W) to plug into my laptop to use as a primary screen, so I have more screen real estate to work with.

It took me a couple of hours to arrive at a workable solution.

Note to self for future reference: DO NOT USE displayconfig-gtk. It doesn't know what the work monitor is, and throws errors when trying to use mirror mode.

DO use nvidia-settings. This is part of nvidia-glx-new. However, backing up the xorg.conf file first is a remarkably good idea.

At present, I don't know of a good way to set up xorg.conf profiles, I guess, depending on whether or not I'm at work. Any ideas, lazyweb?

Inaugral post - 2008

lca was a fantastic effort this year.

The miniconfs were really well organised, as far as I could tell. AV was spot on for the main conf - having the keynotes streamed live was awesome. Open day was also a great success.

Due to illness I missed a fair swathe of the conference - but the parts I did see, I enjoyed very much. The dinners' themes of the Cathedral (Speakers) and the Bazaar (Penguin) was also a really good idea.

Monday - miniconfs. I got to run around being generally helpful, which was awesome. Matthew Garret fixed suspend on my laptop for me - I was only introduced afterwards.
Tuesday - more miniconfs + speakers dinner. More running around, hung out with very shiny people.
Wednesday - Bruce Schnier's keynote. Melbourne Hospital. Sigh. Missed Penguin dinner :(
Thursday - Stormy Peter's keynote. Interesting talks, more cool people, OLPCs everywhere! Twisted meetup that evening, google student party, PDNS.
Friday - Anthony Baxter's keynote. Talks on google, census.
Saturday - Open Day! Played DDR. Watched pong. Saw a best-of. Talked to more excessively cool people.

All in all, a good conference. Well done guys and gals.