[CS-FSLUG] Karmic Koala

Ed Hurst ehurst at soulkiln.org
Mon Nov 2 06:43:08 CST 2009

Fred A. Miller wrote:

> Have you tried the just released, not beta nor RC versions, Ubuntu 9.1?

Yeah, that's the subject of this thread, which has wandered far and
wide. I'm using it and I like it just fine. I'm not hunting anything else.

I have spent time with it, fixed the two major bugs, and I'm happy.

1. Audio: With Intel HDA sound chipsets, a large number of varying
configurations in the hardware are possible, so ALSA can't easily
identify exactly what it's up against. There are instructions in
identifying the exact codec set (mine is Realtek ALC888) and then
testing the various models listed in the documentation and by adding a
parameter to the modprobe files. For mine, it was: 'options
snd-hda-intel model=6stack-dell'.

This took care of the intermittent popping and crackling, and allowed
the main speakers to be cut out by the insertion of the headphones plug
on the front of the tower. Apparently that second item is a major issue
in the past couple of years.

2. Gnome screensaver never went to sleep. The power management tab does
nothing. I turned that off and installed the old Xscreensaver, which has
more and better options, and they work. The GNOME version has failed me
at least 75% of the time in the past dozen iterations of GNOME I've
tried. Bug reports indicate to me it's something the devs don't take

While that seems to be a problem with several parts of GNOME, it still
works better for me than KDE.

Ed Hurst
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