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General update

January 15, 2009

So, long time, no news 😦

What has happend since last time? Not too much. I tried using OSOL as my main OS, and did so for a while. I still like the technologies at work, but I’m not as happy with the distribution. Why do they insist on using xorg 1.3?

Apart from that I don’t like gnome, and compiling KDE from svn seemd like too much work with all solaris specific things. So after a while I went back to linux, and decided to try ubuntu, just to see what all the buzz is all about.  I didn’t get it, nothing was as simple as it was supposed to be, and worst of all was the sound. It just refused to work properly while using mplayer 😦

So after building a good gentoo base system I went back to gentoo. Seems that I’m stuck with it 😉 And thats not a bad thing, I really like it.

After some more time FreeBSD 7.1 was released so I just had to try it. And I kinda like it. I had some problems, like not being able to install the nvidia binary drivers. A bit annoying. Then boost gave me some weird problems like “concurrency error”. And worst of all, suspend to ram is not working on SMP kernels. Not very good for a laptop 😦 If I find the time maybe I’ll migrate to 8.0-CURRENT and see if that gives me working suspend to ram.

Well, that’s all for now. Hope to work out some of these issuses soon.


iPhone 3g

August 10, 2008

I got myself a iPhone 3g and so far I really like it. It haven’t crashed on me yet, so it seems pretty stable. The bad side is, not unexpectedly, linux compatability. There is none 😉 Yes, i know that one can jailbreak them, but i don’t want to do that just yet. I can live with having to reboot into vista once in a while to sync my music.

I tried to set up syncing on linux using virtualbox to send the usb through to windows, but no go. I guess apple is using some non standard thing as usual. I hope that the next update of virtualbox fixes these issuses ( i tested with 1.6.4). It’s reported to work with vmware, but i rather stick with virtualbox.


August 10, 2008

I finally decided to switch to KDE4.1 for my every day use as DE on linux. The compilation and installation went smooth, but there are some outstanding performance problems with the nvidia drivers 😦

Transparency, wobbly windows and scrolling works ok. Resizing windows and switiching virtual desktops takes somewhere between 0.5 to 2 seconds. Something is very broken in the graphics stack on linux/X11/nVidia setups, and as far as I understand it, most of the blame lies with nVidia’s drivers.

I get a rather high cpu usage from kwin (about 30% on core) and i get significantly lower ‘score’ in glxgears. I get around ~3500 fps vs ~5000 fps on kde3.5.

Would be interesting to see how kde4.1 performs on OpenSolaris or FreeBSD with nvidia graphics.

I generally like kde4, so I can live with the delays from bad drivers, and I’m excited about all the new ideas kde4 brings to the table.