Query re Mini 9 and 12

Mario_Limonciello at Dell.com Mario_Limonciello at Dell.com
Thu Mar 5 09:06:42 CST 2009

Hi Thomas:

Indeed the mini 12 is using the LPIA architecture.  It's on a case by
case basis whether the repository that you add builds the packages for
LPIA.  Anyone using the PPA infrastructure on the backend will make use
of it automatically.

As for installing Ubuntu yourself on it, I wouldn't recommend doing so
on the Mini 12 since the graphics driver won't necessarily be functional
in any of the release versions of Ubuntu.  You may spend a lot of time
trying to get your graphics to work.  If you decide to try, I'd
recommend you make sure you have recovery disks handy to go back to what
it shipped with.

Eventually this problem will be alleviated when the GMA-500 has open
source drivers for it, but this is how things currently stand.

You might want to check the Canonical partner archive.  They may have
already repackaged Skype for LPIA.


-----Original Message-----
From: linux-desktops-bounces at dell.com
[mailto:linux-desktops-bounces at dell.com] On Behalf Of Thomas Zunder
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2009 3:41 AM
To: linux-desktops
Subject: Query re Mini 9 and 12

I have received my Mini 12 with Ubuntu. I am very happy with it but was 
puzzled by what happened when I tried to add extra third party 
repositories such as medibuntu or the google or skype repositories.

With medibuntu Synaptic only showed a small sub set of the packages that

I know are there. Others were reported as having Error 404 issues.

Searching the 'Net I noted that enabling the usual Canonical 
repositories was to be avoided, that the mini uses a new set of 
Following from that I read that I could force skype to install with a 
'force architecture' switch.

I noted that people have described the mini as using an lpia and not a 
386 architecture. But I have also seem people talk of using standard 
Ubuntu repositories on a fresh install on a Mini.

Is there somewhere that this is documented by Dell so that I can read of

what this means, why it was done, and what the effect is with regard to 
wider software compatibility? In particular are there pieces of hardware

that only work using the mini repository?

Thomas Zunder
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NewRail, Newcastle University
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