To make the things harder, the only site full of custom stuff for this device is a russian forum.
The device itself is rock-solid, good design and the software isn't too much bloated, is simple to make workarounds, so let's get started.
Last observation: You have adb and drivers installed properly, right?
It's a portable game from GPD company, you can visit their website on http://www.gpd.hk
It's a Chinese company (hong kong to be exactly) that came to compete with JXD (In my honest opinion, I think the quality is way better because I have bad experience in the past).
Now we go further down to tune up, to make things works better than the default configuration.
1) powerdown-git (AUR), laptop-mode-tools (AUR) and upower (OFFICIAL).
This will increase a lot your batttery. Install, and then, edit your .xinitrc:
xset dpms 0 0 300
2) lightum-git (AUR)
This will helps with the light sensor
3) mba6x_bl-dkms (AUR)
Without this one, the brightness of your mba will not work correctly after waking up. I wasn't able to install him correctly using yaourt, so I did a manual install and then adding it on mkinitcpio.conf
4) acpid (OFFICIAL)
Double-check if you have acpid up and running, this can cause some trouble after suspending and waking up some times.
This post isn't complete yet, but I let the incomplete version for further reference and, of course, the credits of what I've used to make this manual.
Dedicated thread to Macbook Air 2013
In this post I'll just show some apps that can help you and some recommendations, let's get started (you can use whatever you want, of course):
Instead of Openoffice, I feel libreoffice is way more "light" than openoffice, so yeah. You can also use playonlinux and install your favorite microsoft office, they works quite fine using playonlinux.
Stable, Dev and Beta are available through AUR, so you can install via yaourt. Firefox is also available for people that doesn't feel comfortable using chrome
If you don't like evolution or kmail, thunderbird is available.
Personal choice, I'm not a huge fan of empathy...
If you don't have any issues about security, skype is available too.
Forget about installing a shitload of binaries, and libraries, and drivers and whatever else. Just install this guy to see videos and stuff.
If you need something fast to see images from cellphones or whatever else, use digikam (for kde) or shotwell (for gnome), both of them do a nice job. If you need something more, just install gimp.
It's a matter of preference. I like banshee for a music player, but I gave here three choices.
I don't know about you, but having a terminal in the "quake" way is quite sexy. Available for QT desktops (yakuake) and GTK desktops (guake).
Why not? You can also make encrypted containers with whatever crypto you like and store on dropbox.
This features isn't really necessary, but gives you some eyecandy and stuff..
I have two sets of fonts I can't live without it: terminus-font (for terminal) and ttf-liberation (for desktop)
2) Fonts (again)
If you really want something way better to your eyes while working, give fontconfig-infinality a try. Is available at AUR.
Continue reading here
It's been a long time I didn't post here, so I'll post about my Arch Linux install on this macbook air.
REMEMBER: It's about to format everything on your macbook air and leave only linux.
Right now, I'm just doing the default install, so I'll post more details according I'm updating.
This is my setup:
Partition 1: EFI: 200Mb
Partition 2: JFS: 233Gb
I'm using JFS because I got a lot of performance than other FS, but you can use whatever you want.
- Default install as the wiki says, nothing different. Disregard my install uses pacstrap /mnt base base-devel instead of only base.
- Install xorg and gnome (you can install kde or whatever you like it, isn't too different). Don' t boot yet.
- Install network-manager, because is quite usefull, even with most desktop managers (I also installing some vpn frontends because is useful for my work):
# pacman -S network-manager networkmanager-pptp networkmanager-vpnc networkmanager-openvpn
- Install grub and fix the boot with efibootmanager:
# pacman -S grub efibootmgr
Edit /etc/defaults/grub and change this line:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="verbose elevator=deadline root=/dev/sda2 rootfstype=jfs"
And change your fstab to something like this:
/dev/sda2 / jfs rw,discard,noatime 0 1
Create your grub.cfg
# grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
Install your grub
# grub-install /dev/sda
Type efibootmgr and see your boot options, delete whatever boot extras there. After that, add your linux entry there:
# efibootmgr -c -d /dev/sda -p 1 -l /EFI/arch/grubx64.efi -L "Arch Linux"
Now see the number of your new entry:
Timeout: 5 seconds
Boot0000* arch <- This is my pendrive
Boot0001* Arch Linux <- This is the entry I've just created
Now lets fix it:
# efibootmgr -o 0001
Don't reboot yet.
In /etc/pacman.conf, uncoment multilib, you'll thanks me later
Add archlinux.fr at your servers (or install aur by hand, it's your choice). To use archlinux.fr, add this lines at the end of your /etc/pacman.conf
SigLevel = Optional TrustAll
Server = http://repo.archlinux.fr/$arch
Sync and install yaourt
# pacman -Syu yaourt
Create your user and su - (and put a password in your user, if you still didn't do it yet)
Install the infamous broadcom driver:
# yaourt -S broadcom-wl-dkms
And finally, put network manager and your favorite xdm on systemd:
# systemctl enable NetworkManager
# systemctl enable gdm
Don't forget to add your user to any related group that you need before boot.
Also is nice if you want to use an encrypted home to set up right now.
Continue reading here.
But I needed a VPN solution, and fast. At least temporary so I can think about in something else later. So I choose L2TP since is easily to configure in windows and.. you know how "clever" windows users use to be.. :D
Well. after the configuration in my work's pfsense and testing in my windows vm, I need to test on a Mac OS X cause some people in my work have Macbooks.. so I discovered that MacOS (ATM) only accepts out-of-the-box Cisco IPsec, PPTP and L2TP+IPSEC. Apple please...
Well, nothing is lost, just open Terminal.app and do this:
echo "plugin L2TP.ppp" > options
echo "l2tpnoipsec" >> options
sudo mv options /etc/ppp
And voilá, now your mac can connect to a goddamit L2TP without IPsec.
Obs: I don't know how much I can trust in L2TP but...
WCH341 is a quite nice (and cheap) USB adapter (I got one by almost 3USD). Works perfect in Windows and Linux, but for mac it's another story…..
After lots of searches and drivers, I found this guy .
Note: Isn't a driver, it's a software that can connect using your cable, but don't worry, the software is very nice and works perfect.
Also, the developer is a nice guy and answer my mail quite fast when I had a problem with the last version. Thanks Aaron.
If you're searching for an application to manage all your connections (rdp, vnc, ssh, etc) in one unique place, Royal TSX is for you.
It's not free, but there's some advantages that make the cost:
- Manage almost all types of connections (RDP, VNC, SSH, Telnet, etc)
- Save groups by files, I mean, you can save each group of settings, for example, by company name. Perfect for me as consultant.
- Save credentials, so you can use the same credential with lots of different servers without type all the credentials all the time.
- Tabbed Interface.
- A huge load of plugins, and you can also use your native stuff (like native RDP software, etc).
- Collaboration credentials (when needed)
The paid version is 35USD each, but the bundle (OSX + Windows) is 54USD (at this moment). But you can still use the software for free forever but with some limitations (10 connections, etc). There's also an IOS version, but I didn't tested cause I don't have any IOS device (fortunately :P).
Quite impressive piece of software.
First of all, you need some packages (ok, if you already have some of these, you can skip them):
# emerge -pv git gnupg flex bison gperf libsdl wxGTK squashfs-tools curl ncurses zlib schedtool perl-Switch zip unzip
For 64bits systems, you need a little more
# emerge -pv emul-linux-x86-baselibs emul-linux-x86-compat emul-linux-x86-cpplibs
Note: I don' t know if cpplibs are really necessary, but I'll let here.
Make sure you' re using python 2.x instead of 3.x when you're about to compile
# eselect python list
Congratulations to all shitty companies that disrespect laws and licenses. Companies of this type (directed by children) must learn a lesson or two, and for fucks sake, disappear from market to dust.
And congratulations to all brazilians that makes this possible, to give your thumbs up for companies like this (isnt the first time I see brazilians giving support for this type of trash). Also, who cares? Since it's simple to read the big difference between brazillians that doesn't even care to read a shit and xda-developers.com for example?
Edit: Now I'm a proud owner of Galaxy Tab 2 7", and with him i'm able to even make my own kernel. That's all