I’ve been running Ubuntu on an old MacBook for two weeks now and so far it’s working great. Here’s just a few notes on what I’ve discovered.
- Yes, you can clean a white MacBook using Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. It won’t repair scratches but this case is mostly white again. (And I just used it dry instead of wet.)
- Thanks to Jamie LaRue for pointing out the LXDE environment. It runs much faster than Unity.
- So, how do you right-click on a trackpad without a right button? Tap with two fingers.
- How do I scroll on said trackpad? Slide up/down with two fingers. (This looks to be a feature of LXDE as it doesn’t work in Unity.)
- The one complaint I have is the limited keyboard. You need to hold the fn key to get the function keys to work as function keys. Also, there’s a delete button which acts, mostly, as a backspace key but not when I want it to; to back up a page in the bowser for example.
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Michael Sauers is currently the Director of Technology for Do Space in Omaha, NE. Michael has been training librarians in technology for the past twenty years and has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller since earning his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines and his fourteenth book, Emerging Technologies: A Primer for Librarians (w/ Jennifer Koerber) was published in May 2015 and more books are on the way. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs The Collector’s Guide to Dean Koontz Web site, takes many, many photos, and typically reads more than 100 books a year.
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