Saturday, July 29, 2006

Fedora Core 5 - Nvidia drivers and XGL

Of all the Fedora distros FC5 i rekon got the most attention. was it because of the sleek elegant look ? the official Fedora logo appearing for the 1st time or the fact that it is filled with bugs ? not sure what the answer is but one thing is for sure, there is a lot of potential here !

Coupled with Xorg 7.0 FC5 is a perfect distro to run XGL on 24x7 like I do. there were several roadbocks though, especially since i was previously unable to install the Nvidia proprietry drivers and had to rely on the lesser versions from Livna. the problem is that FC5 has more security features. 2 cases where this shows - manually adding new lines to the fstab file to include more devices at bootup would usualy fail and the proper nvidia driver modules and the GLX extensions never loaded upon bootup. i have fixed that fro now by dissabling SELinux but a proper fix is available at Nvidia's forums. installing XGL is easy to install, its all at fedoraforums .

Overall FC5 has been a rough ride till now but ive finally setelled in. I must have been the first person at my Uni to install it ( had installed it on my 5-yr old P3 laptop without a CD/DVD drive :s ) and now there are 3 computers running FC5 at my place. all i can say is "keep it up" !! and I look forward to FC6.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Wine Beta Testing - Palm Desktop

well, ive always wanted to try out the palm desktop program in linux and the linux variants like gpilot/kpilot have always had some defficiency or the other. for my palm zire 31 there are several features such as mp3 and video playback and over the last year i still havnt figured out how to dump such files onto the palmtop in linux. as a last resort i tried out the palm desktop with wine and the results are not good :( .

running the autorun file : running the singlelaunch file : running the /palm desktop/setup file

as one can see palm doesnt seem to concenterate at all on other plaforms apart from windows as this shows. sadly we are just going to have to wait in the dark till they realise their that Posix and Mac OSX also has some following with palmtops.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Star Trek Voyager : Elite Force - Wine Top 10 Platinum list !!!!

finally the verdict has arrived and the statistics show, Elite Force is in the top 10 platinum list for programs under wine in Linux. once again, hats off to I.D. soft for the awsome Quake3 engine and to Raeven soft for making this amazing game. Link

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Wine Beta testing - Star Trek Elite Force - Expansion Pack

finished beta testing the expansion back and everything seems to be in perfect order. ive completed most of the single player stuff in the expansion plus spent quiet some time trying out multiplayer with wiki's and ranjan's help. the end result is that elite force completely is an excelent game for linux. few problems exist, ones which i cant put my thumb on :
1) cant connect to multiplayer servers hosted by windows computers. they however can connect to my linux hosted server via LAN.
2) multiplayer doesnt display new modes ( dissentegration, hero, class-based, borg, etc ) for the expansion pack however this problem is not secluded to linux as the windows based test computers also dint show these options. i am at a loss why my linux installation and the 2 windows installations dont show these features.
never the less, ive given the game a rating of Platinum at the WineHQ database. it is perfectly stable and a solid game, something i hope other linux users will enjoy as much as i have.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Wine Beta testing - Star Trek Elite Force

As the Maintainer of this software at the wineHQ i am pleased to announce that i now have star trek - elite force ( version 1.0 ), the quake3 based FPS game fully running on wine under linux fedora core 5 and wine 0.9.12. i have hereby given it the ranking of platinum at the wine website.