Ben has frikking finally decided to update his Livejournal for a change. There is rejoicing.
We went to KÃ¶ln (Cologne, yeah?) this weekend. The Dom is incredible, but I guess that’s what you get if you spend a few hundred years constructing a masterpiece. The Cathedral and the Bazaar? The Cathedral wins, hands down… Sipping KÃ¶lsch on the bank of the Rhine in the summer sun is also an activity that I can highly recommend. :) I managed to update my laptop page as things have been moving quite fast on the DRI front.
My house now has an Actiontec 802.11b access point and my laptop has an 802.11b wireless network card. Whoop!
I have come to the conclusion that the Netherlands exist in a subtly alternate dimension. There are several observations which allude to this, but the most prominent and convincing is the physically impossible amount of water that can fall from the sky in a finite time. This would not be possible in the reality that we are used to… but in the twilight zone of NL it can happen and does, often.
Brave souls can get their filthy paws on my driReInitKludge patch/binaries. If you use a Radeon under linux with DRI (i.e. hardware accelerated DRI) and wish to be able to suspend/resume, this is for you. The page is here
Yes, dear reader(s), I have hacked the radeon drivers so that I can suspend from and resume to an XFree86 server running with active DRI. You can read the low-down here. There is probably going to be some resistance from the developers, as this is still a kludge. It’s quite a good kludge though, don’t you think? By the way, please read the posting carefully. Some people haven’t and got the wrong idea…
Just for clarity: no, I don’t work for emusic, nor am I affiliated with them in any way. However, I would like the concept of affordable and legal on-line music to be proven viable. In anycase, if you have a taste for for the alternative/industrial (I hate to categorise), you should take a listen to the Evil Mothers. You could perhaps start with Pitchforks and Perverts or even I Love Fur.
I’ve ported the XFree86 Synaptics touchpad driver to GPM. I’ve spent too many hours trying to diagnose the VT switch bug and finally fixed it with the help of Michel Daenzer. Now I’m trying to get the Radeon to survive a suspend-to-disk and resume whilst in DRI mode. I can suspend and resume (with swsusp) out of X successfully if I’m not using DRI. With DRI I resume into a frozen X.
Those l33t Python scripts are now both available at http://cpbotha.net/leet_scripts.html.
The laptop has arrived. It’s big, it’s bad and it’s a bit cranky, which is why I’ve decided to call it Dr Evil. It racks up a pretty respectable 1700 to 1800 FPS with glxgears and the bleeding edge DRI tree Radeon drivers. There is still a (known) problem w.r.t. switching to a VT and back which I’ve documented here. I will let you know if/when this is resolved. I am planning to generate more documentation in the form of a mini-review and of course a Linux howto for this laptop: stay tuned.