Upgrading a new dell XPS-13 (2021)

A log of things I did in upgrading a new Dell XPS-13 (OEM Ubuntu Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS (fossa-bulbasaur X54)) Laptop.

Built recovery disk and uploaded to dropbox

  • Dell Recovery (GUI)

Touchpad doesn’t do two finger right click

  • Install Gnome Tweaks and go to Mouse: turn the correct setting on.

Real issues with dell-linux assistant

  • sudo apt update produces 2 packages can be upgraded. Run 'apt list --upgradable' to see them.
  • sudo apt list --upgradable produces dell-linux-assistant/bionic 2.2.0545 amd64 [upgradable from: 2.2.0544] ubuntu-advantage-tools/focal-updates 27.1~20.04.1 amd64 [upgradable from: 20.3]
  • sudo apt upgrade only upgrades the ubuntu advantage tools
  • sudo apt list --upgradable produces dell-linux-assistant/bionic 2.2.0545 amd64 [upgradable from: 2.2.0544] N: There is 1 additional version. Please use the '-a' switch to see it
  • sudo apt list --upgradable -a produces dell-linux-assistant/bionic 2.2.0545 amd64 [upgradable from: 2.2.0544] dell-linux-assistant/now 2.2.0544 amd64 [installed,upgradable to: 2.2.0545]
  • sudo apt -s upgrade produces The following packages have been kept back: dell-linux-assistant
  • sudo apt install dell-linux-assistant produces
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 dell-linux-assistant : Depends: libssl1.0.0 (>= 1.0.2~beta3) but it is not installable
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

*  based on "this":https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2449848&page=3, I moved @somerville-dla-team-ubuntu-ppa-bionic.list@ and @somerville-dla-team-ubuntu-ppa-bionic.list@ out of @/etc/apt/sources.list.d@
* apt upgrade works.

dell-linux-assistant stops dist-upgrade

From https://askubuntu.com/questions/1341276/no-dell-linux-assistant-program-upgrade

  • Added sudo add-apt-repository ppa:somerville-dla-team/ppa
  • Used the upgrade GUI to upgrade (didn’t do any of the other steps listed here).
  • Not actually sure the assistant works any more. Got an unknown service error. But then I don’t know what the service is for, anyway.

System Monitor

To add System Monitor, I first had to add clutter

  • sudo apt install gir1.2-cogl-1.0
  • sudo apt install gir1.2-clutter-1.0 gir1.2-clutter-gst-3.0 gir1.2-gtkclutter-1.0

It worked the first time I did it. Doesn’t seem to work after a reinstall.

Upgrading the Distribution

sudo do-release-upgrade

(didn’t work until I got the dell assistant thing fixed).

Bluetooth keeps cutting out

I had a lot of trouble with bluetooth mouse and keyboard cutting out. Things got a little better when I installed blueman (sudo apt install blueman), but still had an issue. It actually looks like the Bluetooth discover/radio times out every so often. Adding Blueman seemed to extend the life of the connection, but only by a little. They still shut down every so often.

Later Dell told me they think there is an issue with the card. They sent a techniqcian to replace the card.

Add partitions for home etc.


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