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Posted by meshal on Tuesday, August 15, 2006 @ 15:30:54 EDT (4348 reads)

Would you believe that ATI ( or should I write AMD ? ) is considering to open source parts of the ATI drivers ? This was mentioned in an article written by Tom Yager at Infoworld.com. He says he has reason to speculate that the future for AMD and ATI may have more then what is immediatly shown.

Posted by meshal on Monday, August 14, 2006 @ 02:54:11 EDT (4573 reads)

Another update is out now for Quake 4, though this time it's solely a Linux binary update. Quake 4 v1.3-2 for Linux has been released due to the v1.2 to v1.3 installer having a few issues, and then there were also SMP problems. The updated patches are available from id Software.

Posted by meshal on Monday, August 14, 2006 @ 02:49:52 EDT (4807 reads)


The Abit KN9 Ultra is backed by the NVIDIA MCP55 Ultra and supports IEEE-1394a, Dual Gigabit LAN, and all of the other Abit extras we are delighted to see back. The KN9 Ultra certainly looks like it may stack up well on paper, but let us see if Abit has truly returned to their famed past.

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Posted by meshal on Monday, July 24, 2006 @ 14:02:08 EDT (4276 reads)

AMD and ATI today announced plans to join forces in a transaction valued at approximately $5.4 billion. The combination will create a processing powerhouse by bringing AMD’s technology leadership in microprocessors together with ATI’s strengths in graphics, chipsets and consumer electronics. The result: A new and more formidable company, determined to drive growth, innovation and choice for its customers, particularly in the commercial and mobile computing segments and in the rapidly-growing consumer electronics market. Combining technologies, people, and complementary strengths, AMD plans to deliver in 2007 customer-centric platforms for the benefit of customers who want to collaborate in the development of differentiated solutions.

Posted by meshal on Saturday, July 15, 2006 @ 20:41:27 EDT (4845 reads)

Both ATI and Nvidia have succeeded in establishing workable driver solutions for a broad range of their latest product lines, from the minimally-equipped budget-oriented to extravagantly-detailed enthusiast products. In this article, we examine the basic performance differentials for a Radeon X1900 XTX and GeForce 7800 GTX. Our aim is to help readers establish a basis from which to compare Linux and Windows driver performance. Examination of both cards uses vendor-issued driver sets under a common distribution, with Unreal Tournament 2004 benchmarks to facilitate the comparison

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Topic: hardware
Posted by meshal on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 @ 03:13:02 EDT (5849 reads)

In Part 1of this TechBuilder Recipe, I showed you how to create a secure, basic e-mail server for your SMB customers by using open source software, specifically FreeBSD, Postfix, and Dovecot. Now in Part 2, you'll learn how to extend the functionality of that basic system by adding virus protection, spam detection, and Webmail access.


Posted by meshal on Saturday, June 17, 2006 @ 14:14:56 EDT (4859 reads)

Following closely on the heels of its Picasa news, Google is offering a beta of Google Earth that--for the first time--includes a Linux version of the 3-D mapping and visualization program.

The new release is a beta of Google Earth 4, slated to be the next major revision. The release notes indicate simplifications to the user interface, support for textures on 3-D models, and the addition of new features to Keyhole Markup Language (KML), Google Earth's data exchange format.

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Topic: security
Posted by meshal on Saturday, June 17, 2006 @ 14:11:18 EDT (4349 reads)

Intel was first to adopt DDR2 memory when they had launched their LGA-775 socket nearly two years ago with the Grantsdale and Alderwood Chipsets. Intel Corporation is first again to introduce the latest in memory technology: FB-DIMM. FB-DIMM is short for Fully Buffered Dual Inline Memory Module, and is primarily designed for mission-critical server environments that require maximum performance with minimal errors. FB-DIMMs are designed to bring the best traits from DDR2 memory while combining a new point-to-point serial memory interface. Some of the key benefits for Fully Buffered DIMMs include enhanced reliability, greater bandwidth, improved scalability, and higher capacity per memory channel.

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Posted by meshal on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 @ 11:15:45 EDT (6758 reads)

Creative Lab's open-source website has been updated with word that they are working on Linux drivers for their X-Fi lineup of high-end sound cards, which have been quite popular with Windows gamers. However, these closed-source Creative drivers will not be available for Linux until second quarter of 2007. These proprietary drivers will have full support for ALSA and OpenAL v1.1. EAX will also be supported by these closed Creative drivers. This announcement can be found here. No word yet when the open-source Advanced Linux Sound Architecture will support the Creative Labs X-Fi series.

Posted by meshal on Sunday, June 04, 2006 @ 13:38:13 EDT (5561 reads)

At CeBIT 2006, a preview of Knoppix 5 was introduced, which has now been updated with the new Kernel and udev hotplug management. The new version includes a few bugfixes and KDE 3.5.2. Version 5.0.1 will be available for download on the public mirrors and (the DVD version only) inside the 07/06 issue of the german PC Welt magazine. At the same time together with the DVD edition, a CD version with somewhat reduced content ("Best of Desktop applications") will be published on the mirrors.


Topic: freebsd

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