Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” Officially Released



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To all people having heat issues with their laptops when running Ubuntu:

(Skip to the bottom instructions if you don't care why you suffer and just want to fix your laptop fan on Ubuntu.) There is an easy fix Linux weirdos hide because their nature is to make everything as difficult for normal users as possible, and despite some progress, the Ubuntu community still retains some of the old stubbornness and lack of centralization that causes confusion over very important hardware problems. They try their best to keep all solutions secret because they truly believe you are too stupid to follow directions anyway.

Here is the explanation and a possible solution for your laptop. It's the BIOS. Most laptop computers are designed specifically for Windows. Therefore, on many models, the BIOS does not control the fan, as is normally the case, but they depend on Windows Power Management. Obviously, Ubuntu is not windows. Therefore, the kernel must manage the fans. Sadly, a majority of laptops do not need this, so the default Ubuntu setup doesn't account for the minority, and far be it for the designers to make all easy and automatic like, detection wise. So this is left up to the user to try and fail to find an answer in the vast twisted jungle of hostiles and beasts known as the Linux community of da interwebz.

Fret not, however. You just need to modify GRUB2, which is what boots Ubuntu, essentially, and input a kernel command that will tell it to manage your fan. The following should work. If it doesn't, sorry. But it really should work.


In Ubuntu (version 10.04 and up)...

Push Alt+F2.

Type (without quotes, obviously) 'gksu nautilus'. Push Enter (or Return). 

Enter your password, if necessary.

In the new administrative-be-righted Nautilus File Manager window that has just opened, navigate to 'File System' in the left side panel, then navigate to the 'etc' folder, then navigate to the 'default' folder, then open the 'grub' file. Good.

In the new gedit text editor window that has just opened up, look for the line that reads: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=""

Now, precisely between the two quotes, without any spaces, copy and paste this exactly: acpi_osi=\"Linux\"

The line should now look like this: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="acpi_osi=\"Linux\""

Save the file and exit the gedit text editor.

Now, open the Terminal (Applications>Terminal).

Type: sudo update-grub

Press Enter (or Return) and wait...


Has the text stopped moving? If so, you're almost done.

Exit the terminal.


Now the correct kernel/fan behavior has been activated and the fan will work as it should and your excessive heat Ubuntu laptop problems are solved. You're cured. Do something else. Carry on. Don't worry. Be happy. You're welcome. Good luck. Goodbye.



I am running a dual boot system with Windows XP on one mechanical HD and Ubuntu 10.10 on another. I am

doing this; because Windows can still do a few things that Linux cannot do; but for most things you are better off

with Ubuntu. (even enabling DVD playback is simplified in this release because the info for installing the necessary file

is easily accessible via the help menu; if you aren't afraid to use the Terminal). I happen to like Paltalk,though; and you simply

cannot do that in Ubuntu. (also; if you're going to download torrents.....do them in Linux; where viruses generally do not work)

I also find that transferring large numbers of files via USB 2.0 Thumbdrive ..choked in Linux. Not sure why; (what I did in this case was do the transfer to Win XP and then cut and paste from the Windows drive to the Linux drive - 

(another advantage fo having a Lin/Win system; that Linux sees the contents of both drives; and Windows does not; enabling your Linux install as a very good backup)

Ubuntu might have better choices for firewall configuration; though..I am still looking for a configuration editor that specifies

programs I want as exceptions...not a good situation,really. 


Also; Linux is still not a gaming platform. If you want games; you choose Windows. What it needs; so that it will be much more widely adopted; and video card driver support will be increased; ...is very high quality game that runs only on Linux.  Then you will see a market bootstrapping cycle where more game developers write for Linux. We've seen this before; for those of you who remember the ancient VHS versus Beta wars.



I have used Ubuntu since 9.04.  I started out with a Dual boot, but found that I preferred Ubuntu over Vista.  I know you all are thinking, anything can beat Vista.  Vista is probably  the worst version of windows.  My laptop runs cooler, faster, no blue screens of death, no malware, etc. with Ubuntu.   I love Ubuntu.  After 6 months of use, I reloaded with only Ubuntu.  I have not looked back to a Windows computer.   Ubuntu just works!



Truth is Ubuntu since 8.04 has been sliping, by that I mean aspects that used to work better in 8.04 than in Ms Windows now are just average at best (I am trying hard to be nice here) in 10.10. For example network transfers in 8.04 were so fast it was almost beyond belief and now in 10.10 their transfer speeds can easily be achieved in any Ms OS (XP or later). Another example is the sound drivers they are currently barely functional and very choppy intermitant sound is the result. The bottom line with linux is it has to be not "as good" as windows 7 but it has to be BETTER than Windows 7 and it has to be a flawless trouble free almost mindless install so the masses can use it. As it stands now Ubuntu up to 8.04 was on the right track to achieving this now their focus seems to have turned to cloud computing and social networking and their basics of the operating system does not improve or progress in any way. Look at it this way why would anyone switch to an OS that is the same as the one they are using but incompatable with their current software without Wine or a emulator? I will continue to use linux because I value my privacy and I can't afford to run Ms Windows anymore (legaly that is).



Your article doesn't mention using virtualbox to access and use the ubuntu iso.  I've always been impressed with the linux os but am painfully aware of it's shortcomings for general use.

The day I can comfortably install ubuntu on a friend's computer and they encounter no more complications than they would with a windows machine is the day I will say "Congratulations, you have finally arrived."


Keith E. Whisman

I downloaded it as soon as it became available and I loaded it up on my 4gig USB stick and booted it up. I have to say it sure is pretty. I installed the desktop edition on my laptop with a 320gig 5400RPM HDD and it's pretty snappy. Open Office Apps and Firefox pop open as quickly as you click on it. 

Hover your cursor over a music file and a balloon pops open that when you hold the cursor of a play button it starts playing the file. That's pretty cool.. This is finally every mans linux.

When I ran firefox I went to install Adobe Flash and after selecting the correct version of flash to download, the Ubuntu package manager opened right up and allowed me to easily and quickly install it. If this is true for all APT files then it's a great day. I haven't tried Windows programs but if it's like Uberstudent it'll let you click on a windows program and Wine will launch and install the software for you automatically so I hope Wine is wired up the same way but I haven't had a chance to check it out.

One thing that I have noticed is that my laptop gets blistering hot when I run Linux compared to Windows and I don't know why. My laptop gets physically hot just running any Linux distro including 10.10. Windows running and it's nice and cool.



Thanks very much for this post; because my sister has a new laptop and now I'll think twice about recommending Ubuntu Linux for it. It occurs to me that Linux might have bad or nonexistent power management support; and that is why it heats up so badly.


Citizen Snips

It now takes 5 minutes to boot and all the graphics have all gone to a god-ugly white that can't be changed without making everything unreadable. Thanks, Ubuntu update!



Exactly how did you update your system? Maybe you should try 1) backing up your files 2) downloading the full ISO file and 3) reinstalling.


Also: what hardware are you running it on? 



works smoothly.plug and play.similar to apple os's.



Not exactly high praise 'round here ;).

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