A REAL 3 Dimensional Desktop

February 21, 2008

I’m a big proponent in open source software for a few reasons, the best of which is the ability of anyone to work on anything and have anyone else help them if they wish. This really opens up the world to groundbreaking new ideas.

One of the biggest things, in my opinion, in ground breaking new ideas is Compiz-Fusion, the open source OpenGL accelerated desktop environment for Linux. I’ve talked about it in the past, but not really extensively. What Compiz Fusion does is turn over the rendering of your desktop from your CPU to your GPU allowing for some really awesome effects (AKA Eyecandy) without adding any additional overhead to the actual computing power of your computer. For instance, I can do just about anything, and a whole lot more, than Windows Vista’s Aero interface or Mac’s OS-X interface can on a machine that is generally considered sub-par by todays computer standards – a 2 GHZ Athlon, 500 Megs of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce 6200 with 256 megs of memory on a 4x AGP port. This is top of the line 2003 hardware here, but in case you hadn’t noticed, this is 2008, 5 years later than my technology.

Now some developers have taken Compiz-Fusion to an all new level. The current 3d desktop is really just a rendered 2d desktop with some effects to make it look pretty. SmSpillaz and others have really made the Compiz-Fusion interface into 3 Dimensions! Take a look at the following video if you don’t believe me:


Why does everyone hate Linux?

November 9, 2007

I don’t get it, and I’m really fucking pissed off about it.

Why?

Why does everyone hate Linux? What are they afraid of? It’s my god damned computer, I’ll fucking use it how I want seeing as how I paid for it on my meager ass $10 an hour part time job.

It’s my fucking iPod, I should be able to use it how I want seeing as I also paid for it on my meager ass $10 an hour part time job.

What is with these people? I pay for music but I can’t listen to it because I don’t have the hardware or software YOU fucking want me to listen to it on? Bullshit. When I pay for music I have NEVER signed, consented or approved of any type of license or restrictions in my PERSONAL use of the music. If I want to fucking listen to music on my preferred OS, then fuck off and let me do it. If I want to put that music on MY fucking iPod then fuck off and let me do that too.

Fuck off Apple. Fuck off Steve “motherfucking” Jobs. Lets not forget that your blessed OS is a Unix variant, and a FREE one at that you cheap bastard! Take free shit, sell it for millions, and then sit back, collect the dough and don’t give a damned thing back to the people you took it from? Fuck you Bill G…, wait – sorry – I forgot who I was talking about for a second.

99 cent music? Fuck you! How much of that gets back to the artist? 1 penny? Is that why the Beatles haven’t signed iTunes yet? They’re afraid they’ll go broke waiting for their half penny to show up in the mail you cheap shit.

Fuck you Steve Jobs.

And take this goddamned iPod and shove it up your motherfucking stupid white pimpled hairy fat ass.


A different idea for the 3D desktop

August 8, 2007

I came across this video today about a different (completely different) 3 dimensional desktop from OS X, MS Aero or Compiz. It’s called BumpTop and it’s interesting in that it is more like working with your Real Life desktop with documents scattered and strewn about your computer desktop, the ability to stack or pile them, sort them and rifle through them.

Check out the video, this is really compelling stuff!


Compiz-Fusion release 0.5.2 announced

August 4, 2007

Check it out here

For those who don’t know, Compiz-Fusion is a true 3D accelerated version of your desktop. Why not let your processor process processes and let your graphic card actually show you what you sunk $300 into it for?

Want to see Compiz-Fusion in action? Take a look at this video first, then head over to Youtube for more.

Sorry Windows users, Compiz is only for Linux. Billy et al already tried to give you a pretty interface with Aero. What? You can’t use Aero because your computer isn’t fast enough? Maybe you should switch to Linux, it’s making a damned fine entry into the desktop market with distributions like Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

I’ve been running Compiz-Fusion just dandy-fine for the last month on my 2004 Compaq Presario with a whopping 2 GHZ Athlon, 512 megs of RAM and a Geforce 6200 AGP-4x.


Ubuntu Live Day 1 Wrap-Up

July 23, 2007

So let’s talk about day 1 of UbuntuLive shall we? There are countless blogs and news sites that are covering the “news” of the conference – instead I’ll be talking about the atmosphere, the people and the “vibe.”
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Ubuntu Live right around the corner!

July 18, 2007

I got this in my inbox a few moments ago…

The inaugural Ubuntu Live Conference is only a few days away!
We’re looking forward to an exciting and dynamic conference, with
intriguing and thought-provoking presentations, lots of networking
opportunities, fun events, and much more. Below is information to help you
get the most out of your time at Ubuntu Live.

Well, it looks like Ubuntu Live is coming right up and I’m REALLY excited to be going thanks to Phoronix for the pass! I am looking forward to meeting Michael (the keeper of Phoronix) and asking him, among other things, where exactly the name Phoronix came from.

I’m still looking for input on what sessions people recommend that I go to. It turns out that I have a Sunday/Monday pass but no pass for Tuesday’s “Lesson Sessions.”

It’s been three months since switching (cold I might add) to Linux from WindowsXP. I still boot into XP on the very rare occasion that I need to retrieve something very specific (like a number out of my MS Fax console) and I have to say, Ubuntu is what did it for me.

I just hope I’m not the only noob there…


MultiPoint X Server

July 17, 2007

For maximum Linux geek-ness there now exists the Multi Pointer X Server, known as MPX as compared to just plain old X (which, other than providing an alternate windowing system to the Mac OS-X, shares only the letter X and not much else with Apple who has not yet managed to patent the letter X so we should be safe for a while)
Here’s what’s cool – Multi Pointer X allows multiple pointers to be used simultaneously on an X server. In more more plain non-geek English, you can use up to 18 mice or keyboards at the same time in Linux. All of those mice and keyboards operate independently of each other so you actually get 18 different cursors on the screen, or have multiple keyboards assigned to multiple windows and type in two different applications at the same time.

Even cooler – coupled with a touch screen you can use both of your hands at the same time to work together on a single machine AKA the Microsft Surface. This is a Free Open Source Software version of the same thing. And the way the X guys work, this won’t be a binary blob, it will be full open source. The source is not in the main branch of X but is available by git.

Watch the video and see for yourself.

The MPX Surface

There are a few other videos out there on Youtube that show better the collaborative features and benefits of multipoint. I chose this one because it just plain ol’ sexier. You can tell it’s still in its infancy with laggy response. Hey – 1. It’s alpha software, 2. It’s free. It definitely doesn’t stack up to the Microsoft Surface (yet) which itself doesn’t even come close to the PerceptivePixel system of Jeff Han.

If you are interested in multipoint technology I definitely suggest you go to the Jeff Han link above, the results will simply AMAZE you. I know I sat in stunned silence for the full length of the video.

Of course you could “roll your own” multipoint touch surface if you are up for it.