Open issues

Currently I am tracking those open issues with various software applications / online services. If you have any useful hints on any of those issues, I am very happy to listen:

Ubuntu applications/services

Would be nice

Insync

Core functionality badly broken since months (duplicated files, files & folders not syncing). Sadly there is no real alternative for Ubuntu and Google Drive (especially with good team drives support).

Plex Media Server

The web player seems to have troubles in Chrome (skipping several seconds from time to time), which is quite annoying:

Bitwarden

Community requests I am currently following:

Acer Swift 5 (2019, SF514-54GT)

Currently has some hardware support issues in Ubuntu 19.10:

  • Audio not working at all Ubuntu 20.04
    Kernel 5.4.0-29-generic
    Shows “Dummy output” instead of regular output

Temporary fix
to get the system recognize the sound card again is to add snd_hda_intel.dmic_detect=0 to boot parameters

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-5.4/+bug/1864871

How to set boot params

  1. sudo vim /etc/default/grub
  2. Find GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT and add snd_hda_intel.dmic_detect=0 to the end of it. (ex: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”loglevel=3 snd_hda_intel.dmic_detect=0″)
  3. sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
  4. Reboot the system.

https://superuser.com/questions/1509312/sound-stopped-working-after-upgrading-to-linux-5-4-intel-hd-audio

[    2.832731] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: DSP detected with PCI class/subclass/prog-if info 0x040100
[    2.833063] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: Digital mics found on Skylake+ platform, using SOF driver
[    2.833076] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: enabling device (0000 -> 0002)
[    2.833439] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: warning: No matching ASoC machine driver found
[    2.833450] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: DSP detected with PCI class/subclass/prog-if 0x040100
[    2.833656] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: use msi interrupt mode
[    2.833848] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: bound 0000:00:02.0 (ops i915_audio_component_bind_ops [i915])
[    4.326189] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: hda codecs found, mask 5
[    4.326190] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: using HDA machine driver skl_hda_dsp_generic now
[    4.328521] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: error: codec #0 probe error, ret: -2
[    5.835319] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: unexpected ipc interrupt raised!
[    5.835321] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: error: no reply expected, received 0x0
[    5.923290] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: Firmware info: version 1:1:0-fcf6c
[    5.923293] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: Firmware: ABI 3:11:0 Kernel ABI 3:10:0
[    5.923294] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: warn: FW ABI is more recent than kernel
[    5.923534] sof-audio-pci 0000:00:1f.3: firmware boot complete

Unusable right now

Deezer

Has a very strange philosophy concerning privacy & security for family accounts. Tried it and loved it but will only subscribe if the following issue is solved appropriately

The Linux client is not so bad. There are alternatives available in Ubuntu (e.g. Deezer via flatpak).

Sharing a single set of credentials between all family members sadly is a no-go for me. At the moment we stick with Spotify.

Snap

Insists of putting a visible directory right in your home folder on Ubuntu.

  • See open issue on snapd github
    Please take a look at comment #11 where even Mark Shuttleworth suggested to switch at least to a hidden “.snap” directory (2017-02-27). Unbelievably after almost 4 years developers still don’t assign their bug with the most heat by far any significance.

Best workaround for me currently is to uninstall snap completely. Sadly Ubuntu is distributing more and more applications via Snap by default. I hope the issue is resolved before I have to switch to another distribution.

Google ecosystem

Android

In general does not support Ext4 filesystem (only on rooted phones), Encfs is supported via third party apps only

Chrome OS

Does not support Encryption (Encfs)
See open issue in Chrome OS bug tracker

Hardware firmware

Sigma Rox 12.0 Sport

  • It would be very nice if the audible boot and power down beep could be disabled.
  • Adding a day/night display mode quick toggle to the quick access (swipe down) menu would be useful.