Ubuntu on my XPS 12

I’ve recently taken delivery of my new laptop, a Dell XPS 12. It’s a great convertible laptop with a screen which flips over to become a tablet.
I bought it with the intention if running Linux on it (specifically Ubuntu or XenClient), but was wary as I had read some posts around the interwebs that the screen uses WiDi for comms which isn’t supported under Linux.

I checked with Dell’s customer support that Linux does work before buying so I had some comeback if it didn’t work and after 2 Months wait have just taken delivery of my new shiny thing.

Both XenClient and Ubuntu work on the machine with very little Bios fettling. Just ensure legacy boot is on and the UEFI security is kept off. I even dual-booted Ubuntu and Windows 8 by shrinking the main Win8 partition and installing Ubuntu there. I haven’t yet tried to get a grub menu to appear, but hitting F12 at boot allows me to select UEFI (Win8) to boot or Legacy hard drive (Ubuntu).

I installed Ubuntu 12.10 which supports the touch screen and also tried Unity and Gnome 3. Both allow you to drag windows round, launch applications and bring up a virtual keyboard using the touch screen.

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Nipples n stuff

I dry-assembled the front suspension today to get the car rolling.
Just need to mount the discs and wheels and that end is done.

Had some fun with an angle grinder removing some unwanted bits (included the front tow point) to make it fit correctly.

I also found that the grease nipples on the beam are right in the way of the mounting brackets, but have been assured that the grease will stay in if they are removed :)

I will be designing some sort of bonnet lifting mechanism in the coming weeks so watch this space for some more CAD drawings :D

The work continues…

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Bought more bits

I have taken delivery of some new parts, some nice shiny 7″ front lights and a brake master cylinder, both from http://www.coolairvw.co.uk/. Mmm free delivery :)

I’m also thinking about engines and have decided to build one from scratch using a custom kit from http://www.vwspeedshop.co.uk/.

Just finalising some details about the size of components to use to decide the overall engine capacity to end up with. At the moment it’s looking to be between 1776 and 2017 cc, but I need to investigate torque levels and power curves some more.
Any advice for something thats a bit beefy and has quick acceleration without going overboard (I like my gearbox unbroken), greatly received.


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French fibreglassing

Have today created a mould with Mel Hubbard to knock out some pods to house the rear lights. ‘Frenching’ them in.

Also created one pod and it’s perfect. Will be cutting it to size and begin chopping the rear of the buggy around to make them fit.
Also had a crash course in glassing and will be attacking the sidepods (blending them in) over the coming weeks. Work continues, if a bit slower than I’d hoped (darn bathroom:p).

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New year, new parts

Well it’s another year and I’m starting to rekindle the buggy build.
I’ve been dreading venturing into the cold, windy garage, but bought some new parts to get me started again.

After much deliberation, I have chosen the rear lights and bought them (not nasty LED ones, either!).

Mmm, clear indicators.

I have also got some new wheel bearings and wheel bolts so I can eventually add the rims and get it all rolling. This will make working on it a lot easier as I will have more room wheeling it out of the garage.

A minor setback, though. The front discs have been drilled to fit the wheels (6 holes at 12mm diameter *just* fit!), but unfortunately the pitch was drilled to 1.75, not 1.5. More holes to follow :)

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