Random Ubuntu tips

ubuntu_logo_81x81Here’s a list of common tweaks I apply on Ubuntu to handle brightness, save power, disable ipv6 etc.

  1. To save power add the following in a script and add at startup:
    $ sudo echo 1500 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_writeback_centisecs
    $ sudo echo 5 > /proc/sys/vm/laptop_mode
    $ sudo hal-disable-polling --device /dev/scd0
    $ gconftool-2 --set --type boolean /desktop/gnome/peripherals/touchpad/touchpad_enabled true
    $ xmodmap -e "clear Lock"
  2. To set brightness in Ubuntu at login:
    $ sudo setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=50
  3. To enable brightness key in Acer laptops add in GRUB params*:
    acpi_osi=Linux
  4. To enable Touchpad lock in Acer laptops add in GRUB params*:
    i8042.nomux
  5. To disable ipv6 at boot:
    ipv6.disable=1
  6. To re-enable Touchpad after sleep in laptop:
    $ gconftool-2 --set --type boolean \
    /desktop/gnome/peripherals/touchpad/touchpad_enabled true

* To modify GRUB boot params, open the file /etc/default/grub as sudoer and change the list of params in the line starting with

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT

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