ubuntu 9.10 (karmic koala) beta on the kogan agora

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.

 

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touchpad update – ensuring “i8042.nomux” is not removed when your kernel is updated

agora touchpad

agora touchpad

If you followed the post on this site where I explained how to enable the touchpad on your kogan agora netbook (http://agoranetbook.kayno.net/2009/04/25/oh-my-touchpad-doesnt-work/), you (as well as Josh) have probably found that every time the linux kernel is updated, your touchpad stops working until you add the i8042.nomux option back to your grub menu.lst file.

I have however found a way to solve this, and have just updated my netbook with Ubuntu Netbook Remix to the latest kernel (2.6.28-14) without losing my touchpad. Here is what you need to do:

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multitouch on the kogan agora netbook

The agora netbook’s touchpad comes with a Synaptics touchpad, and a common question popping up around here and on the kogan blog goes something like: “does the touchpad support multitouch?”.

A quick google later, and reveals an article that seems to be the holy grail of multitouch for Ubuntu. The title says it all:

Multi touch for any, all synaptics touchpad

“Any, all” – that’s me! But lets double check. According to what my kernel reports, my agora is equipped with a Synaptics touchpad:

Synaptics Touchpad, model: 1, fw: 6.5, id: 0x25c0b1, caps: 0xa04711/0xa00000
input: SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad as /devices/platform/i8042/serio1/input/input9

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