Note: this post has been edited to match my ubuntu 10.04 config.
Ubuntu now uses grub 2 as the default boot loader, and this means a change in the instructions for making the kogan agora touchpad function under ubuntu.
After putting out a call for assistance on this, Tom has come through with the goods! In order to get the agora’s touchpad working with grub 2, follow these instructions
In a terminal:
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
Find the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash” and just after it add a new line and type in (make sure you type to avoid the wrong quote symbol copying and pasting) the following line:
and then update grub and reboot:
I have tested this myself and it works a treat. Thanks Tom!
In a bid to resurrect my kogan agora pro netbook to a usable state, I decided to upgrade to the lastest version of ubuntu, karmic koala, which has just gone beta.
sudo update-manager -d
This will kick off the update manager, and provide you with a single button to upgrade to version 9.10. After 30 minutes or so, you should be rebooting into a new kernel, and the new ubuntu.
The usual suspects that needed attention in the past (read: the touchpad and wireless networking) were both still working, and had obviously remained configured from the previous version.
Whilst I say “working”, the wireless adapter is connecting to my home wireless access point however the signal is still low and not picking up neighbouring APs.
Kogan has again slashed the price of the agora netbook, this time down to $299.
It is only the low-end agora, so for $299 you get a 10″ netbook with 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard disk and a 3 cell battery.
There does however appear to be issues with the wireless network capabilities – you can read about this in other blog entries:
To purchase the kogan agora for $299, use the discount code NEWSLTR093 when you purchase online.