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Saturday, January 6, 2001

Torvalds Interview

Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet conducted a brief email interview with Linus Torvalds, the main man behind the Linux kernel, on his thoughts about the 2.4.0 kernel. He even rips on Foley for a stupid question, but then proceeds to give a multi-paragraph answer.

State of Linux Gaming 2000

Linux Games posted an editorial on the state of Linux gaming as we enter 2001. It really is an excellent, sober look at the gaming in Linux now (actually, it's one of the best editorials I've ever read on any website). It's a must-read for anyone even remotely interesting in Linux as a gaming platform.

J.t.Qbe comments: Overall it's a thorough and pretty accurate article. Unfortunately, the authors only seem to consider new and flashy games to be real: they claim that there are no (commercial) role-playing games for Linux, missing (as everyone does) the excellent game Exile III by Spiderweb Software. (Keep your eyes peeled for a review right here at The Haus!) If you actually look at the freeware games out there, you'll find a very rich array of gaming choices (Freeciv, Nethack, Angband, Empire, et al). No, they don't have the eye candy of the latest, but they do have depth, something sorely lacking in most of today's games.

Fact is, the dearth of Linux games and the low sales of existing games simply show that Linux is still a minority OS and has a long way to go. It needs a much, much larger user base to support its own gaming industry.

Linux Filesystem Explained

FreeOS explains all about the Linux filesystem. The article is geared toward people familiar with Windows, but unfamiliar with Linux. It explains a bit about Linux's "everything is a file" paradigm, and what all those directories are for. Thanks Linux Today.

After that article, you might want to read their article on the /proc filesystem to see all the cool stuff you can do, find out, or break with Linux in real-time.

XBox Revealed Today

As was announced earlier (story) Bill Gates is going to formally unveil the XBox hardware at the CES in Las Vegas today. will have a live webcast starting at 11:30 U.S. Central Time. I think the XBox will be interesting, at least to see if hackers can turn it into the world's cheapest Linux box.

UPDATE! They now have some Flash animations showing off the XBox itself and the controller.

UPDATE #2! 5:15 P.M. XGR posted some similar pictures of the XBox as well as some screenshots from two games. I just wish that XGR would learn that every <center> tag needs a corresponding </center> tag.

Friday, January 5, 2001


Saw an article over on Yahoo! News concerning the patenting of genes. Basically, the Patent Office has said that companies can patent genes, but only with a use.

Okay, I have a question. Why in the h-e-double-toothpick can anyone patent a gene??? I don't believe that Biobucks Incorporated invented the thing, did they? I believe nature did that 100+ million years ago? I'm going to go patent all of my genes. They're used to keep me alive-that's a purpose, right? Then, since I'll be in ownership of 95% or so of the genetic blueprint of the human race, all you corporate losers can suck it down :-)

A.T. Hun comments: Next thing you know, someone's going to sue God.

Terrain Map HOWTO

id has released a manual for creating terrain maps for Quake III Arena/Team Arena, written my Paul Jaquays. I can't wait to see what comes out when the best mappers in the community start making terrain maps. Thanks Blue.

USB Mouse and Visor in Mandrake 7.2

Recently I acquired a USB mouse (actually, a trackball) which I wanted to get working in my Mandrake 7.2 installation. I also wanted to try to see if I could get my Visor working. After a lot of searching, the solution was pretty easy. I just had to locate the /etc/sysconfig/usb configuration file and change the lines that read:




Then the proper modules would be loaded at boot-up. I also had to create the /dev/pilot directory, make it a symbolic link to /dev/ttyUSB1, and change the permissions so that I didn't have to be root to use it. Then everything worked great with JPilot. Check out this page to find out what changes you need to make to your XFree86 and gpm configuration files to use the USB mouse.

Q3:TA Review

Overdrive PC has posted a review of Quake III: Team Arena. The review itself is pretty staightforward. The most interesting part about it is the voluminous tweak guide at the end. It's definitely worth checking out to squeeze every last FPS out of your system. Thanks Planet Quake.

Unofficial NVIDIA Driver Patch

Someone came up with an unofficial patch which will allow the kernel module of the NVIDIA XFree86 driver to compile with the new Linux 2.4.0 kernel. One would hope that NVIDIA would be coming out with a new revision of the driver soon, but I've been saying that for a couple of months now. Thanks Linux Games.

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