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Linux Image Quality Comparison

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jan 5, 2007 2:17 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
With the great deal of articles that we publish in regards to NVIDIA and ATI display drivers, it is very evident that at this time NVIDIA has the lead when it comes to the frame-rate performance -- with their Linux drivers performing nearly the same as their Windows ForceWare counterpart. ATI has been struggling to improve the performance of their fglrx drivers, and while they had made strides last year, they still have a great deal of work ahead of them. However, one of the areas that often is not mentioned in Phoronix articles is the image quality between ATI and NVIDIA's hardware with their respective drivers. In this article today we will be looking at both company's image quality under Linux in video playback and gaming environments.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0 on schedule

The final version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.0 will ship next month, confirmed the software company, which continues to dismiss suggestions that Oracle is stealing its Linux customers by offering lower support costs. Red Hat Enterprise OS Marketing Manager Nick Carr said that the proposed schedule for a downloadable version of RHEL 5.0 is looking good for mid-to-late February, but added that OEM partners may not start to put the operating system onto new servers until later.

Wind River, Kontron to develop Linux-based telecom solutions

Wind River Systems, which deals in Device Software Optimization (DSO), has announced that suppliers of embedded computer technology Kontron has joined its partner program as a strategic partner and will bundle Wind River's Carrier-Grade Linux with Kontron's next generation of Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA), MicroTCA and Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) platforms.

YoYoNation pledges allegiance to open source

In 2005, two former Merrill Lynch techies, young and living large in New York City, left their jobs to start a company based on their favorite pastime: playing with yo-yos. YoYoNation is more than just an online retailer -- it is a community for all things yo-yo, with a mission to make New York the "center of the yo-yo universe." This particular universe runs on open source software. Podcast - 01.04.07

The latest Podcast. Topics include voting has opened for the 2006 Members Choice Awards, a new LQ section - LQ Screenshots, LinuxWorld Open Solutions Summit, to binary or not to binary, now Microsoft wants its laptop back and MySQL refines its GPL licensing scheme under MySQL 5.0 and MySQL 5.1.

Linux: Introducing The Data Corruption Bug

When the data corruption bug which is fixed as of 2.6.20-rc3 [story] was still being tracked down [story], it was thought that the bug, a race in shared mmap'ed page writeback, might have been in the 2.6 kernel for a very long time. It has since been determined that the bug was introduced much more recently. Nick Piggin [interview] explains, "this bug was only introduced in 2.6.19, due to a change that caused pte dirty bits to be discarded without a subsequent set_page_dirty() (nowhere else in the kernel should have done this)."

Delve into UNIX process creation

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Sean Walberg (Posted by solrac on Jan 4, 2007 9:33 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel, IBM; Story Type: News Story
Examine the life cycle of a process so that you can relate what you see happening on your system to what's going on within the kernel.

KXDocker: More than a task manager

The basic idea behind Mac OS X's Dock is that when you need an application, you click on its icon on an on-screen bar, and the application is launched (if it has not been yet) or switched to (if it has). Stefano Zingarini has borrowed this concept for KXDocker, a KDE variation of OS X's Dock (which is also usable with GNOME and other desktop environments).

Blogging From Ubuntu Using Drivel

  • (Posted by gg234 on Jan 4, 2007 7:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Drivel is a GNOME client for working with online journals, also known as weblogs or simply blogs. It retains a simple and elegant design while providing many powerful features.

Red Hat Summit 2007 call for sessions

Sessions are 1 hour in length. In the past the most popular format has been 45 minutes of presentation, 15 minutes for Q&A. Some of the best sessions last year were the sessions that were purely Q&A, or involved/encouraged heavy audience participation.

BLAG 60000 Beta Screenshots

Jeff Moe has announced the first beta release of BLAG Linux And GNU 60000: "BLAG 60000 (puente) beta released. BLAG 60000 is a new series with a new base (FC6) and many new applications. Since September 3rd over 50 alpha versions of BLAG 60000 have been spun. Today, this first day of 2007, we have our first beta." What's new? "Kernel 2.6.18; Democracy Player - a very cool Internet TV program; Inkscape - enabled with Inkboard so you can collaboratively work on drawings via Jabber; video editors - Kino for basic usage or Cinelerra for serious movie production; Gaim - handles Jabber, AOL, MSN, IRC, ICQ, Yahoo, and other Instant Messaging networks...." - DistroWatch. Screenshots of BLAG 60000 Beta are available at

Change your Network card MAC ( Media Access Control) address

  • (Posted by gg234 on Jan 4, 2007 5:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Change your Network card MAC ( Media Access Control) address

World Domination 201

In the 1990s Linus Torvalds used to give a talk called World Domination 101 on the early steps he believed Linux would need to take to achieve "world domination — fast" [1]. We've made a lot of progress since then, but Linux desktop market share remains stuck below 5%, which is too low to garner support from hardware vendors in some critical areas like graphics and wireless hardware, and too small a political base from which to effectively oppose software patents, hardware DRM, and other horrors.

Text email clients revisited

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 4, 2007 3:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Lately, I've been pining for the simplicity of a text email client. Though Sylpheed has been a reliable workhorse, I decided to survey today's text email clients to see if I should go back to reading email in an xterm. I tested Pine, Cone, Mutt, and nmh to see if any of them were up to the task. For my use, Mutt came out on top, but Pine is also a reasonable alternative if you don't mind the licensing.

Open-source IP PBX becomes easy-to-use "software appliance"

Digium has released the second beta of a "software appliance" version of Asterisk, the open source IP PBX (Internet protocol private branch exchange) it maintains. The GPL-licensed AsteriskNow appliance sports a web-based config/admin GUI, and comes with a complete Linux environment with several installation options.

How To Create A Local Debian/Ubuntu Mirror With apt-mirror

This tutorial shows how to create a Debian/Ubuntu mirror for your local network with the tool apt-mirror. Having a local Debian/Ubuntu mirror is good if you have to install multiple systems in your local network because then all needed packages can be downloaded over the fast LAN connection, thus saving your internet bandwidth.

Using Google As A Hacking Tool

Does using Google Search for malicious purposes affect the application of their “Don’t Be Evil” motto even if the negative activity isn’t actually their fault? Should Google restrict some of their search command capabilities if the results are being used to attack other sites?

ADIOS 7.0 Screenshots

ADIOS 7.0 (based on Fedora Core 6) is now available. The objective of the ADIOS project is to quickly and easily download a consistent operating system environment onto laboratory PCs. The ADIOS environment provides students with administrative privileges required to perform advanced exercises in Network and Systems Administration. - ADIOS Project. Screenshots of ADIOS 7.0 are available at

Lobby4Linux: New Focus, New Direction, New Look

Within the next two weeks, Lobby4Linux will be transformed into a website more conducive to its new mission. L4L will focus on community efforts to advertise Linux in the mainstream and on the internet. One exciting project will be to challenge individual distibution members to produce competing audio and video "commercials" and short films.

This week at LWN: A nasty file corruption bug - fixed

The December 20 LWN Kernel Page contained an article about a file corruption bug generally (but not exclusively) seen with ext3 filesystems. Certain applications which have unusual patterns of access to memory-mapped files could, at times, see gaps where data had not made it all the way to the disk. The rtorrent tool was one such application; other test cases were found (and developed) as the hunt for this problem intensified. The problem is now solved, but it offers some interesting lessons on how this kind of subtle bug can come about - and how to get it fixed.

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