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Make the TrackPoint play nice with Fedora 13

Posted in Linux, SysAdmin by Chris on May 28, 2010

Moving faster
Speed and sensitivity defaults leave my Thinkpad’s trackpoint excruciatingly slow. So first thing is to create /etc/udev/rules.d/10-trackpoint.rules containing one line:

SUBSYSTEM=="serio", DRIVERS=="psmouse", ATTR{speed}="220", ATTR{sensitivity}="190"

I also like to scroll with the help of the middle button. For this Fedora 13 now uses user config files for X like /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-thinkpad.conf reading e.g.:

Section "InputClass"
    Identifier      "Trackpoint Wheel Emulation"
    MatchProduct    "TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint|DualPoint Stick|Synaptics Inc. Composite TouchPad / TrackPoint"
    MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
    Option	    "EmulateWheel"       "true"
    Option	    "EmulateWheelButton" "2"
    Option	    "Emulate3Buttons"    "false"
    Option	    "XAxisMapping"       "6 7"
    Option	    "YAxisMapping"       "4 5"

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Smooth Transition to Goddard

Posted in Linux, SysAdmin by Chris on May 27, 2010

Fedora LogoYesterday, I upgraded my main system to Fedora 13.  Coming from the excellent Fedora 12, this was a smooth transisition indeed.  Everything’s working fine, the whole operation took less than two hours (4 min to install the new system from a pen drive, ca. 90 min to reinstall my package collection, including 2 GB downloads).  I was expecially impressed with the new auto-installing language packages, which gave me a localized desktop from the first login.   As exepected, on my Thinkpad X200 everything worked right out of the box.  No horrible Macification surprises either.  Thank you very much, Fedora team!  Keep up the great work!