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Monday, April 5th, 2004

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2:38a
GLX screensavers
Finally got around to setting up DRI and all that jazz for X 4.3.0 on a 2.6.4 kernel. I'm using the precompiled tdfx module and X server from dri.sourceforge.net to work with my age-old PCI Banshee card (16M). For some of the glx xscreensaver hacks, I get excellent fps, everything is smooth and beautiful... but the rest are not so great, running at only a few fps. I'm guessing that it might just be the age of the card, but, for example, flipscreen3d seems fairly "basic" and only gets 2-5fps, and is making me think that perhaps it's a problem on my part. I guess I'm trying to find out if there's a way to determine if it's me or the card before I go spending hours messing with it.
As always, thanks!
10:20a
I'm thinking i'd like to try Mandrake 10.0, but I'm not going to pay money to try a distro, does someone have a mirror I can download the .isos?
10:42a
Sorta has a point...
Let's keep things in perspective. Microsoft's unethical business practices should be put into context. Unlike the pharmaceutical cartel or arms manufacturers, Redmond doesn't overturn democracies or kill thousands of civilians; unlike News Corporation it doesn't debase social discourse or undermine language. Unlike Google, it doesn't pretend to present "all the world's knowledge", when most of the world's knowledge isn't even on the Internet. Microsoft simply makes some fairly mediocre software and charges a lot for it.

Or is there more to it than that?


Current Mood: Monday morning-ish
3:12p
Since everyone was talking about Mandrake 10, what really is the difference from the downloaded version and any ther version?

I saw something about video support not being as good for the downloaded version but what else is not as good for those of us that download linux?
5:30p
Western Digital Drive Failure?
Slightly OT, but google failed me - anybody know anything about Western Digital drives (or any drive) starting to make a whistling sound?

This happened right after a power failure, during a hasty attempt to shutdown before my UPS died (unknown whether it shut down or died mid-shutdown). Now the system won't recognize the hard drive at boot (and therefore won't boot) and the drive makes a high pitched whistling noise like one of those old toy keychains that made electronic sounds of bomb dropping (without the subsequent explosion). I have a strong feeling that I'm screwed - any input/advice would be appreciated.
8:06p
9:39p
I currently have RedHat 9.0 and Win2K pro running on my computer in dual boot and I want to change it to a dual boot Win2K pro and Debian.

Can I do this by reformatting my RH partitions and putting Debian on it? Or should I reformat my C: drive as well (I installed LiLo in the MBR)?

Thx in advance

Current Mood: happy

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