Breaking the Nokia Booklet. Part 3.

In Part 2 of this continuing series I managed to free Nokia’s Booklet 3G from the clutches of Windows using Wubi. Today we’ll be looking at a Linux distribution made specifically for netbooks — Jolicloud.

Jolicloud New Broadband Connection

Right off the top Jolicloud proved to be a better fit for the Booklet than a standard Ubuntu install, as the authors have gone to great lengths to support Intel’s GMA 500, and thus the Booklet’s 1280×720 native screen resolution.

JolicloudExpress Safe Installer

The standard Express Installer didn’t work — there was some kind of 7zip issue with Windows, which made me wonder if it was missing altogether, as is often the case on a typical fresh install of Linux. But switching to Safe Mode did the trick.

It seemed to me that Wubi was also at work somewhere here behind the scenes… Not that I’m complaining — Wubi is awesome.

Microcell Fido x2

Being quite familiar with Jolicloud myself (it’s currently installed on my Eee PC) I popped my Fido SIM card into the Booklet and set up a mobile broadband connection. That’s where things started to go awry.

As you can see above, Jolicloud has detected two 3G modems when in fact there’s obviously only the one.

Device not managed - Network Disconnected

And worse, Jolicloud consistently produced the following results when I tried to connect to either modem:

  1. The first connection would be dropped;
  2. The system would freeze on the second try.

This was especially disappointing for me as one of the lead coders on the Jolicloud project is Canadian superstar Adam McDaniel. And the rest of Jolicloud works so well — WPA-encrypted WiFi, for example — it’s a real shame that the Booklet’s standout feature isn’t available to this OS.

Fortunately there are many other flavours of Linux to choose from. Unfortunately none of them work with the GMA 500. Come back tomorrow for my final wrap-up.

18 comments:

  1. Okay, so I just got off the phone with Adam (!) and the broadband modem issues seem to be due to the Jolicloud’s Network Manager. This particular distro is based on the previous release of Ubuntu (9.04 as opposed to 9.10) so that’s why 3G worked on the stock Ubuntu install yesterday.

    He’s working a fix right now… How’s that for service?

  2. Okay, so I just got off the phone with Adam (!) and the broadband modem issues seem to be due to the Jolicloud’s Network Manager. This particular distro is based on the previous release of Ubuntu (9.04 as opposed to 9.10) so that’s why 3G worked on the stock Ubuntu install yesterday.

    He’s working a fix right now… How’s that for service?

  3. Okay, so I just got off the phone with Adam (!) and the broadband modem issues seem to be due to the Jolicloud’s Network Manager. This particular distro is based on the previous release of Ubuntu (9.04 as opposed to 9.10) so that’s why 3G worked on the stock Ubuntu install yesterday.

    He’s working a fix right now… How’s that for service?

  4. Hi andrew, i tried the thing for resolution in ubuntu 9.10 but no good. well, jolicloud looks cool except for the network issue which i feel shud get fixed after your word with adam.

    how is it compared to ubuntu 9.10 and can u boot it using a usb stick?

  5. Hi andrew, i tried the thing for resolution in ubuntu 9.10 but no good. well, jolicloud looks cool except for the network issue which i feel shud get fixed after your word with adam.

    how is it compared to ubuntu 9.10 and can u boot it using a usb stick?

  6. I haven’t been able to get anything to boot from a USB stick so far…

    Jolicloud in its present state (remember it’s still a pre-beta) is exactly like using Ubuntu Netbook Remix and Prism.

    The problem with Prism is that there’s no support for ad-blocking. On the other hand, it does a pretty good job of maximizing available real estate on your screen.

    See my original damning review of Jolicloud here and second thoughts about Prism here for more info.

  7. I haven’t been able to get anything to boot from a USB stick so far…

    Jolicloud in its present state (remember it’s still a pre-beta) is exactly like using Ubuntu Netbook Remix and Prism.

    The problem with Prism is that there’s no support for ad-blocking. On the other hand, it does a pretty good job of maximizing available real estate on your screen.

    See my original damning review of Jolicloud here and second thoughts about Prism here for more info.

  8. I haven’t been able to get anything to boot from a USB stick so far…

    Jolicloud in its present state (remember it’s still a pre-beta) is exactly like using Ubuntu Netbook Remix and Prism.

    The problem with Prism is that there’s no support for ad-blocking. On the other hand, it does a pretty good job of maximizing available real estate on your screen.

    See my original damning review of Jolicloud here and second thoughts about Prism here for more info.

  9. To boot from USB device you have to disable HDD first. Get into BIOS (F2) and disable boot from HDD in Boot section with ! (Shift+1). This should make BIOS scan attached USB devices during POST process and boot in the case device is bootable.

  10. To boot from USB device you have to disable HDD first. Get into BIOS (F2) and disable boot from HDD in Boot section with ! (Shift+1). This should make BIOS scan attached USB devices during POST process and boot in the case device is bootable.

  11. Maybe there’s some issue with the BIOS and booting from a USB stick, then.

    Unfortunately I don’t have an external DVD-ROM to use as a boot device — which kind of goes against the whole netbook ethos anyway, IMHO.

  12. Maybe there’s some issue with the BIOS and booting from a USB stick, then.

    Unfortunately I don’t have an external DVD-ROM to use as a boot device — which kind of goes against the whole netbook ethos anyway, IMHO.

  13. Maybe there’s some issue with the BIOS and booting from a USB stick, then.

    Unfortunately I don’t have an external DVD-ROM to use as a boot device — which kind of goes against the whole netbook ethos anyway, IMHO.

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