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November 8, 2006

NVIDIA brings Vista-esque graphics to Linux

Filed under: Driver, Hardware, Linux — rakeshvk @ 5:15 pm

NVIDIA has officially released a Linux driver that supports a compatible version of the AIGLX instruction set.

The new driver, which was released yesterday and comes in at 12MB, adds a whole host of other features for users of the open source OS, including GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap, a better display control panel and even support for Quad SLI.

The introduction of AIGLX-compatible instructions means that Linux users now have what is essentially a turnkey solution for Vista-level graphics. The latest build of Ubuntu, a consumer-oriented Linux distro, introduces desktop rendering with 3D hardware by combining the with Beryl window manager, in the same way that Vista does through the Aero glass interface.

Getting this desktop acceleration to work previous required some hackery, but now NVIDIA is providing the functionality for GeForce users in a far easier way.

This means that Linux joins Apple OSX on the list of operating systems supporting 3D hardware acceleration before Vista, which will finally join the fray on November 30 for business users and January 30 for consumers.

The increased stability and featureset will also be a bonus to those Linux users who have previously bemoaned NVIDIA’s approach to the platform.

You can pick up the drivers here    —bit-tech

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October 17, 2006

PlayStation 3 to run Yellow Dog Linux

Filed under: Hardware, News — rakeshvk @ 5:54 pm

Sony’s PlayStation 3 set to move in on personal computers with the release of the Linux operating system for the device.
Linux developer Terra Soft Solutions will today announce the launch of its Yellow Dog Linux operating system for the PlayStation 3 games console.

“We have worked closely with the energetic, determined E17 team to bring this advanced graphical user interface to a state of interface euphoria. It’s not about eye candy and unnecessary special effects, it’s about finding balance between a lean, uncluttered desktop and a personal environment that is both familiar and powerful. E17 is simply the most incredible thing I have ever used – with any operating system,” states Cesar Delgado of Terra Soft.

Terra Soft’s chief executive officer, Kai Staats, said that Linux will be available immediately from the company’s online store and from selected resellers and that the company would like to see its Linux distribution bundled with the PlayStation 3 at some point in the future.

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August 23, 2006

Intel’s Core 2 Under Linux

Filed under: Hardware, Linux, Reviews — rakeshvk @ 6:30 am


By now, you’ve probably heard that Intel has a new chip out that went by the code-name “Conroe” but now goes by the names Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme. So while you may have read about how great these chips are under Windows, I bet you have heard little to no news about Linux performance or even Linux support. As usual, this is where Linux Hardware comes in to fill in the gaps. I have each of these top two new processors from Intel as well as some DDR2-800 and a new NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT. I’ll walk you through the features of this new core processor technology from Intel, take you through support and performance, and end up with a discussion on power, heat, cost, and availability. There’s a lot to cover here, so let’s get going.

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August 3, 2006

Double the cores, double the chip heat?

Filed under: Hardware — rakeshvk @ 6:31 pm

The earth may be heating up, but Intel and Advanced Micro Devices are determined to keep PC warming trends in check.

A few years ago, fast single-core processors were causing fits in the PC industry, which tried to design systems to stay reliable as the temperature rose inside the PC chassis. Newer dual-core chips from both AMD and Intel run cooler than their single-core antecedents, much to the relief of PC designers.

But as both companies prepare products that use four processing cores, some wonder whether the current situation is just brief respite from the processor heat wave, especially as virtualization technologies reach the average user’s system. >>>>

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