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Fudcon Tempe!

January 28, 2011

I finally got to my hotel room after some problems with my flights. Already had the time to talk in person with many peoples I have seen for long on IRC. The welcome party is running and many people already show up for some drinks and food.

Lot of great conversations already and many more to come. I will keep this blog updated!

Disable nouveau driver on hybrid graphics cards laptop

January 23, 2011

I had some problems with the plymouth boot screen in the past few days. In fact, the problems come again from guess what? Yes, my hybrid graphics cards in my laptop! ;)

I found that simply blacklisting the nouveau driver was not enough, it was still there after a reboot. That seems to cause a distorted boot screen from time to time.

So, here is what I did to be sure that nouveau is not used at all, just the Intel driver (all these steps must be done as a privileged user) :

  • First, blacklist the nouveau driver :

echo “blacklist nouveau” >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-nouveau.conf

  • Add rdblacklist=nouveau to the end of your grub.conf kernel parameters list
  • Rebuild you initrd with this command :

mkinitrd -f /boot/initrd-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)

After that, you should reboot and see your boot screen come out clean each time. Also, you should notice that lsmod don’t report nouveau as being loaded anymore, just the Intel one.

If you have any other ways to fix this issue, I welcome any improvements!

Linux and hybrid graphics cards

January 17, 2011

I recently bought a Dell laptop (Vostro 3300) and directly installed Fedora 14 on it. Everything worked out of the box, I just needed to install Broadcom wireless driver.

But, I was wrong! The laptop come with a Nvidia card, and checking the output of lspci, I found an Intel VGA card too. So I start reading why I have a Nvidia and an Intel cards in my laptop to find the new cool technology : Optimus graphics from Nvidia…

This Optimus thing work by having a low power card (in that case, the Intel one) for everyday use and a powerful card (Nvidia) for 3D effects. ATI have something like this too, with another marketing name. The problem is that these technologies are not supported on Linux.

Nvidia said they have no plan on supporting it :

I don’t really care about switching graphics cards when I use my laptop. But right now, the situation is that I am stuck with the Intel one, with no means of using the Nvidia card. More, the Nvidia card is always powered, so, in place of saving power, it use more!

There is some effort to make this work with the “nouveau” driver. I will follow the development to see how well it advance :

It amaze me that big company like Intel and Nvidia release something with no Linux support today…

OLPC deployment in Gabon

February 2, 2010

Pass saturday, I met with the team that will go to Libreville in Gabon, Africa this month to deploy 110 XO laptops in a school. You can have more details about the project here :

The team launch a call for help to the local LUG for helping them be sure that everything is alright before they got there. They want to confirm that all the hardwares, softwares, procedures, etc are good and without error. The project team did a really good job and I think they are ready to go there but a validation before leaving is a great initiative.

What impress me is the answer they got from the community. In a short time, all the aspect of the project was covered! The project is heavily based on wireless architecture so a local group ( jump in and offer their help to validate this part of the setup. For the software part (School Server, XO install, etc) and procedures, Rene and me will do the validation.

I was really impressed that many groups joined their efforts and gave their free time to help such a good project. I also like the impression we gave of our community to the project team. We often hear that the free softwares community is a place where people help each other. I am happy to have seen this in action and do my part.

Here is some photos of the school that will receive the XO :

Leaving for FUDcon!

December 4, 2009

I’m leaving for FUDcon in about 10 minutes. I’m going with our new Ambassador from Quebec, Arsenick.

See you there!

Ontario Linux Fest 2009 report

October 28, 2009

Ontario Linux Fest 2009 was this past saturday in Toronto. The event was a great success, many peoples were present. The Fedora booth was a really busy place with many participants asking informations about the project, the next version and playing with the 3 OLPC laptops that Karlie gave us. By the way, seeing Karlie talk about the OLPC project is a sure way to interest peoples, the enthusiasm she deliver is contagious. I am glad to have meet her in person.

All in all, it was a fun weekend. It was a good chance to meet peoples involved in the free software community and have some great talks with them.

Oh, and if you see Mel Chua, ask her about putting a temporary Fedora tattoo on her forehead ;)

Fedora events : Quebec City JIT 2009

October 21, 2009

The JIT 2009 is over. The event was taking place yesterday on the Laval University campus. I think the event was a great success for everyone.

I would like to take some time to thank everyone that worked very hard to make an event of this size possible.

I leave with some photos of the event, more to come in the next few days. See you next year for JIT 2010!

Ontario Linux Fest in 5 days!

October 19, 2009

Ontario Linux Fest will start in 5 days. I invite everyone from the Toronto area to join Mel Chua, Greg DeKoenigsberg and me at the Fedora booth. If you plan to attend, please leave a comment here and don’t forget to register at website!

Ontario Linux Fest is one of the biggest Linux event in the area. This year, like every past years, the conference track is filled with knowledgeable peoples ready to share what they know with you. Also, there is a welcome party Friday evening and reception just after the event on Saturday.

Keep checking here for photos and report of the event!

Fedora Netbook Remix

June 8, 2009

Dear Planet,

I searched for a Netbook Remix (like Ubuntu Netbook Remix) yesterday to put on my Dell Mini and I didn’t found anything. I found some good customization to do on a default Fedora install but nothing like UNR.

I’m really interested with having this in Fedora and if such a project already exist, I will put my time there. If not, I will start the project and package the necessary bits to make it work.

So, anybody know of such an effort to do this?

Thank you Planet!

Fedora classroom this weekend

March 3, 2009

A little reminder to all of you! This weekend (March 7-8), Fedora will held it’s fourth Fedora Classroom on IRC, in #fedora-classroom channel on

You can see the list of classes and get more informations at the classroom wiki page. You can help this weekend by giving a class on a subject that you are familliar with or you can just attend and learn from many topics.

Also, help promote this great event around you to spread the knowledge!


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