Connecting a Sony PS3 Controller to Ubuntu Linux

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I've been emulating older games on my desktop for a while now, and I like to use a PS3 controller for games that expect the player to have a controller. I feel that I should share the procedure that I use to connect the controller via bluetooth, as I discovered the trick mostly by serendipity.… Continue reading Connecting a Sony PS3 Controller to Ubuntu Linux

Kinesis Freestyle 2 and Linux, Part 4: Automation

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After a few more months of contemplation and some helpful suggestions from Ed Nisley (you can check out his blog here), I have discovered a viable way to automate running the userspace driver for my keyboard when it is plugged in. I've already had to tangle with udev once during this project, so it came… Continue reading Kinesis Freestyle 2 and Linux, Part 4: Automation

System76 Galago Pro Graphics Performance with Pop!_OS

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I love my System76 Galago Pro. I've had it since last summer, and it has been a great portable workstation. I must admit, however, that it isn't perfect. The whole time that I've been using this laptop, it's fan has been hyperactive. It would spin up for seemingly any reason, and the machine would heat… Continue reading System76 Galago Pro Graphics Performance with Pop!_OS

Fixing Arch Linux Intel Wireless Connectivity Problems

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I like to run Arch Linux on my System76 Galago Pro, but I've had some strange problems with wifi networks. After a minute (or sometimes less) of being connected to the network, I would suddenly lose my link-layer connection. Looking at my kernel log, I would see the following: I don't know about anyone else,… Continue reading Fixing Arch Linux Intel Wireless Connectivity Problems

Kinesis Freestyle 2 and Linux, Part 3: Permissions

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In the last post in this series, I complained that the userspace driver needed to run as root in order to open the device files. It turns out that this is relatively easy to fix using Udev rules. Udev is the device management subsystem of many modern Linux distributions. All Debian-derived, Fedora-derived, and Arch-derived distros… Continue reading Kinesis Freestyle 2 and Linux, Part 3: Permissions

Pop!_OS Multi-DPI Support

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The Problem I use a System76 Galago Pro as my laptop. I love it. Their hardware and software play together extremely well, a refreshing change from some of my prior Linux driver experience. I used to use a 2012 MacBook Pro Retina running Arch Linux, and the System76 machine is much nicer (from a driver… Continue reading Pop!_OS Multi-DPI Support