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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Just In - Doom3 Open Sourced.

Phoronix has just published an article stating that the doom 3 source code has just been open sourced. This comes despite legal hurdles and DRM issues. You can check the git repository here.

What this means for Linux and Open Source Gaming.

Id's open source strategy has been commendable. Opening up of quake 3 code led to a mini revolution in linux gaming and gave us many coveted title ( Including my favourite Open Arena ) . Now that the doom3 engine has opened up, it will hopefully lead to the development of several new native linux games. With Unigine's Oil Rush getting Rave reviews and steelstorm developer working on a new version of the game to be released on linux first, these are sure exciting times for the linux gamer.

New look Xubuntu website.

While all the attention was diverted to ubuntu's oneiric release, the xubuntu developers were quietly working on a new website design. Yes the new look xubuntu.org looks cleaner, leaner and much more web 2.0ish ( the need of the hour ). The design has not been finalised yet and obviously the website isn't live, but its looking great already. You can too have a look.


What do you guys think?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day.

Yes I don't like the way Ubuntu is heading nowadays. But that doesn't take away the fact that it is a great operating system. Ubuntu was the OS that brought me to linux. One which held my hand when i was a toddler and finding my way into this new found world. Now that I've grown up, it is time to give something back to the community which gave me so much. So I am shouting this out at my blog.

November 20 is UCA Day.

Mark this on your calenders. And if you wish to know more. Here is the official announcement page .


The Simplest way of installing ATI Catalyst driver In Cent OS 6 ( RHEL 6)

Ok Now you might be wondering why this topic, and why this late? Just Recently i had to set up a Cent OS installation on an aged machine having a ATI Radeon Card. While the open-source radeon driver ( no gallium 3d on cent os, i honestly dont know how to set up one, if you can help me on this, it would be great ) did give me a properly setup display, the video performance was just terrible. So Catalyst ( fglrx) it had to be. If you are in the same position as me, then worry not. The method given below requires no blacklisting, no mod-probing and no conf madness. Here we go.

  1. First make sure your system is up-to-date. Run a upgrade 
    yum upgrade
   2.  You will have to enable a third party repository. Don't worry this is simple.
        Just execute the following command.
rpm -Uvh http://elrepo.org/elrepo-release-6-4.el6.elrepo.noarch.rpm (external link)
   3.  Now that the repository has been added, it is time to install the required

yum install kmod-fglrx fglrx-x11-drv
   4. With this, the driver installation is complete. Now all that remains is to
       tell X server to use the new driver.
aticonfig --initial
   5. Thats it. Just reboot and enjoy your new driver.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Get the latest Thunderbird 5 Beta in Xubuntu Natty

Hi all, back after a long time. Hope to keep updating regularly now. Everybody knows that Thunderbird is the default mail client in xubuntu. Now that the mozilla team has decided to give TB some much needed love, its development too has fastracked with the release of version 5.0 beta1 ( yes they decided to give 4 the skip !!!). Here is how you can get the latest TB in our very own xubuntu ( Via ppa ofcourse)

Add the Thunderbird-Next PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/thunderbird-next 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install thunderbird
 I have tested it in Natty and works perfectly. The repo is supposed to work in maverick and lucid too. Happy Mailing.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Proud father of a baby girl.

I havent had much time to update this humble blog of mine, due to the arrival of the latest member of my family- Anushka. Thank you for your support of this blog. I will be back updating soon.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Fedora 15 beta released. Now with gnome-shell by default

In an exciting bit of news for all fedora and shell fans, The first official fedora 15 beta has just arrived. And it comes with some great features

  1. Gnome-shell and the gnome 3 desktop is now enabled by default
  2. Openoffice has now been replaced with Libreoffice.
  3. The fedora spins have been updated with latest versions of xfce and lxde.
  4. Dynamic Firewall lets you apply rules without reloading firewall.
  5. A New Java Management tool call Maven.
What is significant about the release though, that it will the first major test for gnome 3. Fedora is the first major distro to include it by default, and it comes close to the release of ubuntu beta with unity. Rejoice, Shell and Unity will now be going head to head and the acceptance ( or rejection ) of this release will have a significant impact on the desktop linux landscape. Download links are given below

Download fedora 15 beta