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Friday, July 23rd, 2004

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From Firefox to Epiphany: the first 24 hours
I just posted a newbie review (read: rant) about Epiphany here. Comments welcome!
I was on the XBox Linux website, which (for those who haven't discovered it) tells you how to circumvent the anti-Linux measures on the XBox and use it as a fully-functioning IBM PC with Linux installed. It also mentions that the XBox has an nVidia GeForce 3 card in it, and I was wondering if it would be possible to take it out and put it in a PC.
I've been reading a bit about a new Distr - Yoper, "The Fastest Linux". Anyone been using this at all? I'm currently on Fedora Core 2 myself, its been runing well on my Duron 1Gig (yeah, I know)

Ottawa Linux Symposium 2005 network sponsorship
For the past four years we've had a number of small networking companies sponsor Ottawa Linux Symposium each year and provide rather feeble 802.11 support. I mean, this year we have at least a good 600+ notebooks here each with at least one wireless NIC, plus the e-mail garden of hard-wired computers, some of them engaged in online gaming. Even posting this message (as I sit here in OLS 2004 sessions) is PAINFUL! I half-expect it's going to take me 15 minutes of retries to get this posted. We're out of bandwidth and out of DHCP IP addresses. I appreciate the little companies' efforts to get us wired up because it's better than nothing at all, but it has proven frustrating for all of us with notebook PCs.

So someone who knows how to create a reliable, high-bandwidth network capable of supporting over 1000 devices (the event is expected to continue to grow) please step up and sponsor the networking infrastructure for OLS next year!

This group of Linux developers is quite loyal to the companies that sponsor this event every year. If you want the Linux community to be friendly toward your hardware, (1) release specs, and (2) sponsor LKS and/or OLS next year. I hesitate to publish a full list of the developers you would be exposed to, but I'll drop one name -- I did see Linus Torvalds himself here earlier, talking with some of the other top developers who also attend regularly. If you can't find a contact point for sponsorship at http://linuxsymposium.org contact me direct. I can get you in touch with the right people.
noob needs help
i'm new, to both linux & this community. i recently started using red hat 9. anyways, i was wondering how i can view the contents of a fat32 windows partition in linux? i was told to login as root and type "mkdir /mnt/windows" and then type "mount -t vfat /dev/hda5 /mnt/windows". and at first that worked, but when i restart the computer and boot up with linux, i have to do it again. is there any way that i can have that partition permanently mounted to be able to view in a directory??
raid module
hey does anyone know off hand which module I need to ensure gets punched up when using the SIL680 RAID card?
I like SUSE... great distro IMO

I am however, excessively annoyed that the maintainers of SUSE took it upon themselves to rewrite gpasswd and remove functionality from it. As far as I know thats the only command line tool to append groups to users. How obnoxious.
X configuration problems
Hi all. I am attempting to ocnfigure X so that Mplayer can use the 0:0
display for when I want to watch some Divx with friends...I got this
working on my desktop machine no problems. A few differences...My
desktop is running X11R6 (Xfree86 version). I just chose some what I
thought to be conservative settings, and it worked with no problems
using the intel-i810 driver (since that machine has an onboard video
card with chipset 'I810E). However, the same settings, except for of
course the video card and monitor, don't appear to work very well with
Mplayer...Sdl especially doesn't like them. When I start X on the laptop
(Dell Inspiron 600M) for those of you who may not know, here's what I
get: root@lappie:~# startx
hostname: Unknown host

_XSERVTransSocketOpenCOTSServer: Unable to open socket for inet6
_XSERVTransOpen: transport open failed for inet6/lappie:0
_XSERVTransMakeAllCOTSServerListeners: failed to open listener for inet6

Release Date: 18 December 2003
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 6.7
Build Operating System: Linux 2.4.26 i686 [ELF]
Current Operating System: Linux lappie 2.6.6 #1 Thu Jul 22 18:07:52 EDT
2004 i686
Build Date: 05 June 2004
Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.X.Org
to make sure that you have the latest version.
Module Loader present
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Fri Jul 23 21:38:00 2004
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"

To me that looks normal enough, however when I go to play a movie here's
what happens: VIDEO: [DIV3] 640x272 24bpp 23.976 fps 821.1 kbps
(100.2 kbyte/s)
Clip info:
Software: Nandub v1.0rc2
Opening audio decoder: [mp3lib] MPEG layer-2, layer-3
MP3lib: init layer2&3 finished, tables done
AUDIO: 48000 Hz, 2 ch, 16 bit (0x10), ratio: 4000->192000 (32.0 kbit)
Selected audio codec: [mp3] afm:mp3lib (mp3lib MPEG layer-2, layer-3)
open: No such device or address
vo_mga: Couldn't open /dev/mga_vid
open: No such device or address
vo_mga: Couldn't open /dev/mga_vid
vo: couldn't open the X11 display ()!
vo: couldn't open the X11 display ()!
VO XOverlay need a subdriver
[gl] Using 4 as slice height (0 means image height).
vo: couldn't open the X11 display ()!
vo: couldn't open the X11 display ()!
vo: couldn't open the X11 display ()!
SDL: Initializing of SDL failed: No available video device.
Can't open /dev/fb0: No such device or address
[fbdev2] Can't open /dev/fb0: No such device or address
Invalid buffer sizes!

So I take it I have to create /dev/mga_vid, and some /dev/video devices
as well? If so, what major/minor numbers should I use? I really don't
know much about video in general, so any help is apreciated!

Current Mood: annoyed

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