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”.

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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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Envy 0.4.2-1ubuntu9 has been released!

August 28, 2006 at 3:28 pm (GNU/Linux, Ubuntu)

* Fixed: IOError if /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common was not found

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Mark Shuttleworth: One on the chin

August 27, 2006 at 1:50 pm (GNU/Linux, Ubuntu)

Luis Villa is absolutely right in his castigation of our X update on Wednesday this week. As a team we made a series of errors, and the result was a desktop that was broken for thousands of users, for several hours. It has been a severe lesson in QA, something Luis knows plenty about.

An incident report is being compiled by the team and we will publish that for our broader community and users as soon as it is complete. My apologies to those who have been affected, I know that a blue screen of death is the very last thing anybody ever wants to see on Linux desktops and that any downtime caused by mistakes on our part, even measured in minutes, is unacceptable.

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Geek to Live: Mastering Wget

August 27, 2006 at 1:44 pm (GNU/Linux)

Your browser does a good job of fetching web documents and displaying them, but there are times when you need an extra strength download manager to get those tougher HTTP jobs done.

A versatile, old school Unix program called Wget is a highly hackable, handy little tool that can take care of all your downloading needs. Whether you want to mirror an entire web site, automatically download music or movies from a set of favorite weblogs, or transfer huge files painlessly on a slow or intermittent network connection, Wget’s for you.


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Envy 0.4.2-1ubuntu8 has been released

August 27, 2006 at 9:06 am (GNU/Linux, Ubuntu)


* Added: the support for Geforce 6800 Ultra (ID = 0040) 

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Envy 0.4.2-1ubuntu7 has been released

August 26, 2006 at 10:27 pm (GNU/Linux, Ubuntu)

This one solves a few issues caused by the upgrade to the latest version of the Xserver in Edgy.

See the changelog:

   * Changed: disabled the Composite extension in Edgy
* Changed: blacklisted “nv” in /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common (to prevent API mismatch) in Edgy
* BUG: Envy causes warning when redirecting the errot to /dev/null in Edgy
* Changed: /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common is now required in Edgy
* Changed: the support for Geforce FX 6200 (ID = 0221) is in the list again
* Removed: the support for Debian Etch (temporarily)

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Envy 0.4.2-1ubuntu6 has been released!

August 26, 2006 at 8:48 am (Debian, GNU/Linux, Ubuntu)

This update is warmly recommended to Ubuntu Edgy users.

See the changelog:

* Fixed: gcc (the symlink) needed to be set to gcc-4.1 (instead of 4.0) in Edgy
* Redirecting the output to /dev/null (when stopping gdm) prevented envy from stopping gdm in Edgy

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