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Archive for September, 2010

30
Sep

xorg 1.9 versus fglrx

With the release of Ubuntu (Meerkat) 10.10 just 10 days away, the ubuntu x-swat people have been busy getting fglrx ready for release. The fglrx now compiles against latest Meerkat kernel and finally resolves the unknown symbol issue.

In the laptop is a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670 and with the latest fglrx driver usability is awful. There is horrible tearing when using “Appearance -> Visual Effects -> Normal”, which had to be set back to “None” just to be usable. Even on “None”, scrolling down in documents, chrome, firefox and Skype all give blurred or stuttered graphics.

These are for me “do not use” releases.
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23
Sep

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat on Dell Studio XPS 1640

After a brief time with Karmic (10.04), the laptop was upgraded to the beta of Maverick. Everything works out of the box with no additional tricks necessary in getting the Dell Studio XPS 1640 fully functional.

The only drawback I found in upgrading from Karmic was the loss of fglrx as a xorg-server driver. Maverick is shipping with the 1.9 version of xorg-server which is ABI incompatible with what fglrx is compiled against.

The exact error is:
undefined symbol: savedScreenInfo
which causes X not to start.

The rumour is that ATI will release a fglrx package that is compiled against 1.9 version of xorg-server when Maverick ships on Sunday, October 10th. Read moreRead more

13
Sep

xdd is not “extreme dd”

While the ladies and gentlemen at IO Performance Inc. are busy with their 7.0 “Phoenix” release, they have left their website in disrepair including the disappearance of their product, source code and documentation.

Since I make heavy use of xdd and apparently I am not the only one that needed the documentation, source and binary; I have provided it here for everyone.

xdd65.013007.tar
xdd6.5 documentation
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