Trench’s adventures in Linux: The quest for widescreen resolution


One of my computer setups at home is my Acer netbook that I’m running through a VGA cable to a 19″ LCD TV. The problem I had with that and Linux is that most Linux distros won’t display natively at the required 1366×768 resolution.

I was running Zorin OS Core on the netbook and configured the correct resolution by using xrandr and then editing the /etc/gdm/Init/ file. However Zorin Core was too much for the pitiful netbook and it was running slow. Since the new *buntus had recently been released I decided to give Xubuntu 12.04 a try.

Before I even considered changing the resolution I gave it a test run. The netbook still choked on it. So I decided to give Lubuntu a try wit its LXDE desktop and it hummed along with no problem. Now it was time to change the screen resolution except there was one problem. Since the 11.10 releases none of the *buntus had /etc/gdm/Init/ anymore.

I was able to set it at 1024×768 and then used the zoom feature on my TV. It was serviceable but looked a little weird. I thought all was lost until a man came to my rescue. I posted my plight on my Google+ account and I received the answer from a man named Dean Wallace (slightly NSFW). He directed me to this link which gave me the solution. But again I hit a snag.

That link says that you need to modify .xprofile in your home folder to make the changes consistent. The problem is Lubuntu has no .xprofile in its home folder. However it does have just plain old .profile. I pasted the necessary code into profile saved it and voila, 1366×768. Well actually it maxed out at 1280×768 but I’ll take it.

I hope this will help someone avoiding the tortuous journey getting to the proper resolution that I took.

The Asus 4G Surf Linux Challenge Returns


So my Asus EEEpc 701 4G Surf came out of active duty recently. So I’ve been able to see if I can find any Linux distros that would not only fit on the 4GB hard drive bit would work well also.

At first I went to my standby and installed Zorin OS 5 Lite. I had Version 4 on it before and it worked great. However after I installed 5 the OS crashed and was unrecoverable. That was not good.

Next I tried Lubuntu since most if not all the Linux distros I used are Ubuntu-based.

I really wanted to love Lubuntu. It had a clean and slick desktop and worked great while in live mode. Unfortunately Lubuntu required 5.6 GB of disk space. Not an option here.

Next, I went back to an old stand by of mine Watt OS. Back in the day Watt OS could fit on my 2G Surf. That means it could fit on a 2GB hard drive. Once again Watt OS did not disappoint me.

After installation and updates there was still over 1GB Of space left. It has an almost identical desktop to Lubuntu which I liked a lot. At first I had a problem with the wifi connecting automatically but after a couple of restarts that’s also working perfectly. Most importantly Watt OS actually recognizes the EEEpc’s battery correctly. Most distros keep trying to tell me that the battery is almost dead when it’s fully charged.

So for right now the Asus EEEpc 701 4G Surf Linux Champion is Watt OS.

Is there any distro you would like to see go through the challenge?