Extra Configuration Added

Progress is still slow and I’m still looking forward to warmer weather. However, I have now added some new Sensor configurations to the control center. The wireless supplicant file can now be edited and pushed from the control center. I have also added the variance configuration file, where you can enable, disable and set variance triggers per sensor. I still have to modify the configuration load code and test all the sensors but I have already tested lumens and pressure, and it seems to be working. I’ll test the rest soon.

I have been using my new Dell XPS 13 for a few weeks now and for the most part, I really like it. I love a lot of the smaller features in Ubuntu. One thing that really annoyed me about windows, is when you go to enter your password when the screen is off, it doesn’t register the first keystroke. So you have to wait for the screen to turn on and make sure it’s ready for your password. In Ubuntu, you just type it, hit enter and when the screen turns on, you’re already in 🙂 Minor but nice when you are having to log in a bunch. Of course, windows hello and stuff solves those, but since the computer is off to the side and closed when using the docking station, it wouldn’t work anyway.

Some of the annoyances I have run into so far have been odd glitches. Here are a few of them.

1. Once my side “dock” bar on the desktop froze, and when the screen locked, it was still showing on the side. So it seems as the lock screen could be bypassed with some time and effort, also, the dock freezing is annoying.
2. Some of my multimedia keys stop working randomly and sometimes start working randomly. I have yet to figure it out and fix it. I might actually contact dell and work with them, as once its fixed in Ubuntu, its fixed for everyone.
3. Once or twice I have had a Random Freeze up, where nothing responded. Usually, it’s temporary, but once I had to force shutdown the computer. This may also tie into #4.
4. The kworker process sometimes maxes out a single thread for long periods of time. It may be related to the internet, as it stopped right after connecting online. A bit of research tells me the kworker process works with the kernel and might be a driver issue.

All in all I’m pretty happy with the system and I’m certain the few glitches will be solved (Yay open source!).

It’s a beautiful day, so I’m going out for a family walk to get some sun!

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