Ubuntu’s Bleeding Edge Drivers

September 29, 2006 at 9:16 am (Ubuntu)

NOTE: this post is aimed at Ubuntu Dapper users only (at least for the moment).

I have started a community project thanks to which Ubuntu’s community can have the latest driver for ATI and Nvidia cards simply by adding a repository and performing an upgrade.

All the users who are interested to participate can install the drivers and share their experience on the following thread of ubuntuforums.org so that the drivers can be tested on as many machines as possible:
Feedback thread

The only problem is that I cannot test them on all the graphic cards on the market. I have used the drivers for a while with no problems whatsoever but I cannot assure you that they will work flawlessly on your computer.

Use the drivers at your own risk.

Only after proper testing they will be deemed stable.

2 kinds of repositories are currently supported:
* LEGACY REPOSITORIES: These repositories contain the following drivers: ATI 8.28.8, NVIDIA 8774 and 7184
their driver won’t be updated so as not to break the compatibility with older cards (especially as far as the ATI driver is concerned)

* NON-LEGACY REPOSITORIES: These repositories contain the following drivers: ATI 8.29.6, NVIDIA 8774 and 7184
their driver will always be the latest (stable) release.

I had to pay 105$ for the webspace for this project (which needs a certain amount of bandwidth) (actually it’s a gift from my parents since I don’t have a job) for a year.

I hope that Canonical will consider the possibility of providing me with some space and bandwidth for the repositories and integrate this project so that I (and all the testers on the forums) can collaborate with the developers.

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Let me introduce myself

September 24, 2006 at 7:39 am (Ubuntu)

Some posts of my blog have already been shown on Ubuntu Planet but I haven’t introduced myself yet.

My name is Alberto Milone, I attend the 2nd year of the 2nd level degree course “Lingue Moderne per la Comunicazione Internazionale” at the University of Lecce (Italy), where I got my 1st level degree in 2005.

I’m a moderator of ubuntuforums.org and an Ubuntu member (approved by the Ubuntu Community Council on August 22 2006).

I (mainly) deal with issues related to the Xserver, graphic drivers (especially ATI and Nvidia) on the forums and I’m the author of Envy. The Video & Sound section is the section of the forum where I really feel at home 😉

I’m currently studying PyQT (even if I’m a GNOME guy) as I have so many projects on my mind…

I’ll post something on a project of mine about the graphic drivers in Ubuntu ASAP

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NVIDIA 1.0-9625 Display Drivers (BETA)

September 23, 2006 at 8:03 am (GNU/Linux, Ubuntu)

This driver supports GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap and therefore AIGLX and Compiz should work now.

Another amazing feature is “the new “Display Configuration” page for nvidia-settings. NVIDIA’s new display configuration options are similar to ATI’s dynamic display management options. TwinView can now be enabled real-time without restarting X (Xinerama requires X restart). TV-out on NVIDIA cards can also be enabled real-time. The screenshots below demonstrate these display options”.

read the whole article here

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Envy 0.4.2-1ubuntu10 has been released!

September 20, 2006 at 8:27 am (GNU/Linux, Python, Ubuntu)

envy (0.4.2-1ubuntu10) unstable; urgency=low
* Changed: if the driver can’t be downloaded from the ftp address envy will get it from the http mirror
— Alberto Milone (tseliot) <albertomilone@alice.it> Wed, 20 Sep 2006 10:07:43 +0200

As you can see from the changelog you shouldn’t have problems with the download of the driver as if the transfer via ftp fails Envy will get the driver from the http address.


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Mark Shuttleworth – Conflicting goals create tension in communities

September 9, 2006 at 9:53 am (Debian, GNU/Linux, Ubuntu)

This is a great post by Mark Shuttleworth and which I couldn’t agree more with:

“I’m of the opinion that Ubuntu could not exist without Debian. So it’s absolutely my intention to see that Ubuntu is a constructive part of the broader Debian landscape. It’s vital that Ubuntu help to sustain and grow Debian, because it’s the breadth and strength of Debian which make up the “shoulders of greatness” on which we in the Ubuntu community stand when we reach for the stars. That doesn’t mean I’m naive enough to think this relationship will ever be an easy one, but I would hope that the discussion doesn’t turn into one of “Ubuntu versus Debian”. Because it isn’t the case that one of them will succeed and the other fail. You could only perceive that as an outcome if you assumed that the two have exactly the same goals.”

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Improved desktop integration

September 6, 2006 at 8:00 am (GNU/Linux, Python)

“We have been working hard on improving our desktop integration with Qt lately. We automatically use the Plastique style if KDE is detected on startup. Starting with Qt 4.2, we intend to pick up the icon theme as well. This means that most of our standard dialogs, such as message boxes and file dialogs will use the same icons as KDE.

GNOME users will get the same treatment. The second image shows a message box on Ubuntu, using the Cleanlooks style and picking up the Human icon theme.”

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