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How to disable Unity default multi-touch gestures in Ubuntu

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You might want to disable Unity built-in 3-fingers and 4-fingers multitouch handling. Maybe you do not like how the touchpad/trackpad gestures are handled in Unity, or you just want to install Touchégg. I have just updated my post to setup OS X-like multitouch gestures for Macbook Pros running Ubuntu. It should now work for any modern Ubuntu release, from 12.10 to the latest 13.04 Raring Ringtail...

Mbpfan v1.5.0 is out. Supports true multicore CPUs

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Mbpfan v1.5.0 is out! This release adds compatibility with 3.5-3.6 kernels and true multicore CPUs. That is, all Intel based Macbooks should be supported. I am using mbpfan on my Macbook Pro 6,2 on Ubuntu 12.10 successfully. This time, I could find the very kind collaboration of two Archlinux users, to make the necessary changes to mbpfan. This means that mbpfan has been successfully tested on...

OS X-like multitouch gestures for Macbook Pro running Ubuntu

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Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail fits well on my Macbook Pro. Now we can even have a better fan management system for your Macbook. What I still was missing from OS X is a good set of touchpad gestures. Sure, Unity has builtin support for 2, 3, and 4-fingers drags and tap. However, I don’t like how they are configured. Yet, it is impossible to configure these gestures anywhere. On the other...

Announcing mbpfan v1.4.1

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I’ve finally found the time to fix some annoying issues in mbpfan. I have just released mbpfan version 1.4.1, which is a maintenance release. I strongly recommend our testers to upgrade. This release fixes a strange fork bomb-like behavior when starting mbpfan using upstart. Also, the daemon now checks whether the required modules coretemp and applesmc are loaded or not. It also checks for...

mbpfan v1.4.0 is out

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It is a pleasure for me to announce the immediate availability of mbpfan version 1.4.0. The project attempt is to write a simple, lightweight, yet highly efficient program to adjust the CPU and the other fans of Macbook and Macbook Pro laptops running GNU/Linux. This project could not accept its destiny to be a insignificant, C refresh task. Instead, mbpfan rapidly captivated the attention of the...

Announcing mbpfan v1.3.0

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It is a pleasure for me to announce the availability of mbpfan (Fan-Control-Daemon) v1.3.0. This version follows the initial public release. Version 1.3.0 adds many enhancements. Among them, it now runs as an Ubuntu/Debian daemon. Additionally, CeRiAl added support for Fedora/RedHat systems. Mbpfan also correctly uses manual control of the fans and provides unittests. Check it out at the new...

An enhanced version of Simple MacBook Pro Fan Daemon for Linux

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I wanted to refresh my C knowledge. At the same time, I was complaining about how much macfanctld aggressively turns the fans of my Macbook Pro under Ubuntu 12.04. Sometimes I am afraid it is going to lift-off. I took the occasion to give a small contribution to a small opensource project, written in C. Allan McRae’s mbpfan uses a very interesting approach to control the fans, based on the...

Configure the keyboard for your Macbook and Ubuntu 12.04 (and 12.10)

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I love the new Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin. Unity – and the graphics drivers – have finally reached a stability that satisfies me and let me keep GNU/Linux as solo operating systems on my Macbook Pro 6,2. What drives me crazy is the default keyboard mapping, surely not thought for who owns an Apple computer. First, the Unity Launcher (a.k.a. Dash) default shortcut is the Super key...

Configure Slackware 13.1 for Macbook Pro 6,2

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In this post I would like to share with you some configurations and tweaks for using our beloved Slackware Linux 13.1 (also current) with the last generation of Macbook Pro, having Intel Core i5 and Corei7 CPUs. It should also work for past Intel based generations of Macbook Pro. Maybe also on some non Pro models. Listed on TuxMobil It won’t be a classical “How to install Slackware 13.1 on a...

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Dr. Daniel Graziotin received his PhD in computer science, software engineering at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. His research interests include human aspects in empirical software engineering with psychological measurements, Web engineering, and open science. He researches, publishes, and reviews for venues in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and psychology. Daniel is the founder of the psychoempirical software engineering discipline and guidelines. He is associate editor at the Journal of Open Research Software, academic editor at the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal, and academic editor at the Open Communications in Computer Science journal. He is the local coordinator of the Italian Open science local group for the Open Knowledge Foundation. He is a member of ACM, SIGSOFT, and IEEE.