Friday, March 27, 2015

Testing Design Suite on Asus X550ZE

I recently bought an ASUS X550ZE to replace the venerable Sony VAIO N250E laptop. The reason of choosing an AMD powered laptop is for long term support i.e. the use of Vulkan API in future AMD GPU driver. In summary, here is the ASUS X550ZE specification taken from ASUS website:
  • Processor
    AMD® APU A10-7400P /A8-7200P/FX-7600P Processor
  • Chipset
    AMD A76M FCH
  • Memory
    DDR3L 1600 MHz SDRAM, 8 GB
  • Display
    15.6" 16:9 /Full HD (1920x1080)
  • Graphic
    AMD Radeon® R5 M230 + Radeon® R7 M265 DX Dual Graphics with 2GB DDR3 VRAM Built-in A10-7400P
  • Storage
    2.5" 9.5mm SATA
    1TB 5400/7200 RPM
  • Optical Drive
    Super-Multi DVD
  • Card Reader
    2 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ SDHC/ MMC)
  • Camera
    VGA Web Camera
  • Networking
    Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
    Built-in Bluetooth™ V4.0 (Optional)
    10/100/1000/Gigabits Base T
  • Interface
    1 x COMBO audio jack
    1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
    2 x USB 3.0 port(s)
    1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert
    1 x HDMI

  • Audio
    Built-in Speakers And Microphone
    SonicMaster
  • Battery
    4Cells 44 Whrs
  • Power Adapter
    Output :
    19 V DC, 4.74 A, 90 W
    Input :
    100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
Booting Fedora Design Suite 22 Beta TC5 went well except a bug on Radeon driver prompting to set "nomodeset" on boot configuration. Once at the desktop session, ithe following issues are:
  • Fn buttons from backlight to volume not functional
  • Touchpad not functional. Not sure if it is related on the xorg-x11-drv-libinput or xorg-x11-drv-synaptics and possible the laptop is new.
  • High power consumption. With only the generic graphical driver (llvmpipe), the battery longevity is only two hours without proper power management
  • Because of use of generic graphical driver , neither Cheese nor Video works without crashing. Attempting to use Wayland will cause fallback to login screen.

On the positive side:
  • Bluetooth is functional
  • Display is set at high setting i.e. Full HD (1920x1080)
  • Applications like Gimp, Inkscape takes advantage of the quad-core feature.
Despite the shortcoming due to driver issues, the laptop is still useful for work usage. Perhaps a kernel update will address the problem.

Update:
After removing "nomodeset" from boot parameter, the login screen displayed under Wayland. The default Gnome session crashed but the Gnome on Wayland runs smoothly aside some known issues.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fedora Design Suite 22 Alpha

Design Suite Alpha 22 is available for downloading along the Workstation edition of Fedora 22 Alpha which is based.
The spins includes plugins for both Gimp (Gmic), Inkscape (support of making tables) and Blender (LuxRender). Shutter, a screenshot tool for desktop, is  added at the request of Design Team.

More documentations related to Design Suite and Design Team are added for informing users, however known issue is swapped names of the correct url address which is fixed for beta release.

In addition, the installer received similar updates for users looking to use Design related group of packages via either Server  edition or other spin variants.

Monday, January 26, 2015

gimp-paint-studio addon soon on Gnome Software Center

Image speaks itself. gimp-paint-studio package just got an metainfo needed for Gnome Software Center as add-on for Gimp based on related Richard Hughes' blog. The updated package will be shortly available in Rawhide and also in Fedora 21 updates-testing repository. It will not be included for Fedora 20 due  to the preview release of Gnome Software lacking addons support. Next step will be contacting upstream adding that metainfo.  Hopefully other add-ons maintainers for applications such as Inkscape and Blender will do the same to bring a richful experiences to users.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fedora Activity Day Design Team - Day 1

A quick summary of the events. I met some Mofamiliar and new faces behind their IRC nickname including gnokii which is strong sense of humour and pro-active. The process was about reorganizing the Design Team by priority of the project. Mo covered the brainstorming where the rough task is pictured on https://luya.fedorapeople.org/fad-2015/
The complete edited version will follow soon.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Gmic available in Fedora repository

It appears GMIC is now available in Fedora repository meaning it will be included in Design Suite 21 as replacement of the obsolete GREYstoration by default. That plugin is very useful for the excellent tutorials from Pat David who also contributed to the GMIC project thus removing the need to manually compile and install it.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Gathering a list of tutorial for Design Suite

Design Suite Live Spin has a shortcut for a list of tutorials related to graphical art and visual studio. The actual link is on http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Design_Suite/Tutorials which needs more links for tutorials using free and open source tools.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Neat feature with XO 1.75 Laptop

Yes, I am currently using XO 1.75 laptop to write this blog which needs more update. I am really busy outside Fedora  world while waiting for the infrastructure for Fedora 21 in order to refine Design Suite. 
This XO 1.75 has interesting apparently unavailable on most mobile device, a type of sensor that turns off the back light from the screen in plain sunlight. Surprisingly other device seems lacking that feature.  That will be a useful information for demonstrating the XO Laptop in local cafe as requested by my friends. I guess I will need a touch screen XO 4 laptop because of frequent question of touchscreen support, a trending norm in portable industry.