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Sunday, April 6, 2003

Pondering the Imponderable

Things are beginning to settle down a bit with my Mandrake 9.1 installation. The new glibc still has Crossover, WineX, and the Loki installer at least partially broken. XFree86 4.3 doesn't seem to like the way SDL apps change the screen resolution (or, perhaps, vice versa). Those two items will occur with any new Linux distribution. I did get proper antialiasing working by downloading the FreeType2 RPMs from the PLF (or you could follow the instructions on this page). They also enabled me to get my DVDs playing properly again.

With the new FreeType2, antialiasing TrueType fonts looks very nice. The xft-enabled version of Mozilla that ships with Mandrake 9.1 looks awesome. I set KDE to turn off antialiasing for font sizes under 13 points, since that causes legibility problems on some sites. Fonts also look very nice in now too. If they only would get a WordPerfect importer done, I would switch over.

All told, I'm pretty happy with Mandrake 9.1. I'll be even happier once the glibc 2.3 issues are resolved. Until that's done, I can't get the Crossover plugin to work at all. I can play Jedi Knight II in WineX with a little bit of hacking (story). Now if I can figure out how to get Mt. Rainier support working for my CD-RW/DVD drive . . .

Friday, April 4, 2003

New NVIDIA Linux Drivers Reviewed

LinuxHardware posted a review of the NVIDIA 1.0-4349 drivers and the Quadro FX 2000 video card. They cover the installation process (even on a custom kernel) and offer some benchmarks. It appears that these new drivers really shine when it comes to antialiasing and anisotropic filtering. I've personally noticed some big 2D improvements as well.

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