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Saturday, February 12, 2000

Mozilla = Netscape 6

According to this News.Com article Netscape will launch their Mozilla-based browser this spring dubbed Netscape Communicator 6. Apparently they decided it was so late so they might as well skip a number (or the CNet editors didn't catch the typo). This is good, and expected, news for people (like me) who hate having Internet Exploder cause their systems to lock up. Once it is out, I will definitely be running Netscape 6 or its Mozilla equivalent. Which reminds me, Mozilla M14 should be out soon which is supposed to be the beta release (M13 is alpha). Thanks Slashdot.

id Chat Logs

I'm sure that, like me, you can't get enough Quake 3 news. So make sure to check out the logs from some IRC chats with id's own David "Zoid" Kirsch and Robert "Clever Nickname Pending" Duffy at PlanetQuake.

Just Like Old Times?

Last night, THoP's own SarahConnor set up a Shogo server and I played for a bit against one of the oldest of old-schoolers, Kain [SS]. My tired state, combined with profoundly rusty Shogo skills, made easy pickings for him. It still was fun and brought back memories.

Friday, February 11, 2000

Win2K with Bugs63K

ZDNet is reporting that the soon-to-ship Windows 2000 has some 63,000 bugs or incomplete features. Some 28,000 of these bugs are likely to cause "real problems". Hoo boy. Thanks Blue's News.

J.t.Qbe comments: Ok, with ~40M lines of code in the thing, you'd expect some bugs. Since it'll be the first release of a Microsoft product, you'd expect a lot of bugs. But 28K or 63K? If it had that many serious bugs, I think we'd've heard a huge outcry from the "beta testers" (who pay for the privilege of beta testing). I always take Mary Jo Foley (ZDNet author) with several grains of salt.

Not that I don't expect a lot of serious problems with Win2K, mind you. I'm sure it'll have many, many real bugs and security holes. But the pointy-haired bosses love Microsoft's marketing machine and buy the bit about "the incredibly high quality and reliability of Windows 2000". I can't wait till my company inflicts Win2K on us later this year (sarcasm). Sure, my Win2K PC will be welcome to sit on my desk. I'll still do my real work with Linux, just as I do now. . .

NVIDIA and SGI's New Babies

The folks over at Riva 3D have gotten a scoop on some sweet new Linux-based systems coming down the pipes as a result of NVIDIA and SGI's partnership. Here's the goods:
SGI is getting ready to announce its new LINUX workstation, code named FLASH, which contains...(drum roll please)...the NVIDIA Quadro as the graphics processor!

In addition, they are about to announce a new system which uses a 32MB DDR (probably Quadro again) GPU, and at NAB, they'll roll out two more systems, the first being a dual Intel CPU with a 64MB DDR GPU (again a Quadro most likely).

But the really huge news is the third system that contains 4 Intel CPUs, and a MULTI-GPU being developed by NVIDIA AND SGI. The system reportedly will process 50 million poly's per second!

I wonder how fast it could run Quake 3.... :)
From my perspective, this means that NVIDIA is ready to support Linux in a big way. Hopefully this will make Linux a viable alternative to gaming on Win32 platforms.

Female Skins and Sounds Contest

Trillian sends along news that the QGirlZ have chosen a winner in their female Quake III Arena model contest. The winner is Bolek's Kuyozuka No Rei. Congratulations!

Now they are running a female Q3A skins and sounds contest. The winner could walk away with a GeForce with 64M DDRAM! Entries must be in between February 22 and March 19. Check the contest site for more details.

Blame Linux for DoS?

This is straight out of the "Check my facts? What does that mean?" category. A trained monkey at Network Associates claims that Solaris and Linux have an inherant vulnerability that Windows does not have, making them vulnerable to being taken over and used for Denial of Service attacks. He claims that the OS's open-source nature makes it very easy for these hacks to be added. The really sad thing is that the utterly clueless will buy into this tripe. Thanks Slashdot for the continuing reminder that just because someone works for a big computer-oriented company, it doesn't mean that they can't suffer from cranial-rectal inversion.

The Master comments: Heh-this coming from a company that can't release a decent auto-up(date/grade) system for THEIR OWN VIRUS APP under win9x, and releases false-alarm virus detects that they don't fix for multiple dat releases. Sure-whatever Network Associates.

J.t.Qbe comments: This story was pulled at 11:17 PST due to "flagrant inaccuracies." Yeah, no kidding! Lots of good discussion over at Slashdot and Linux Today, though.

SBLive! Linux Driver Update

I just saw on the emu10k1 (the chip behind the Sound Blaster Live! series of cards) developers' mailing list that the Makefile for the driver has been changed today so that it will theoretically work correctly for Red Hat users. I haven't had a chance to verify this personally. There are some other bug fixes made today so I may check it out. Get the drivers at and check out my Sound Blaster Live! in Linux page for installation instructions.

Update! The new Makefile detects my kernel version just fine, but I still have to change the MODVERSIONS line in the Makefile to avoid the "unresolved symbols" error.

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