BIOS "F8" for GA-M55S-S3 :-(

2007-09-19 21:51:00 +0200

Gigabyte released a new BIOS for their GA-M55S3 motherboard and I couldn’t resist updating. To make it short: if you’re running Linux, don’t… After updating Linux will boot only with “noapic” as kernel option - again. I guess only BIOS version “F6” doesn’t have this error (see this post). I skipped version “F7” so I can’t say anything about this version, but all versions prior to “F6” had the same issue. If you don’t have any real needs for updating your BIOS you shouldn’t consider an update anyway.



Installing Nvidia driver in Debian Lenny

2007-09-11 22:29:00 +0200

If you’re running Debian testing (aka “Lenny”) which brings no Nvidia driver packages - only the legacy ones - or like to install the latest drivers by Nvidia for Etch, you’ll be running into a problem: the Nvdia installer won’t find everything necessary for compiling the kernel module. So, here’s a small HOWTO:



Beryl with Feisty & Nvidia

2007-07-27 21:47:00 +0200

I’d like to start by pointing out that there’s no logical reason to use Beryl as your default window manager - except for fun and eye candy! As Ubuntu Feisty makes the task of installing Beryl very easy, I’d wanted to give it a try. So, what do we need to do?

The following is intended for Nvidia based graphic boards with GeForce XXXX chip. If you have a different graphic chip you need to install the specific drivers for your video device. It is important that those drivers support 3D acceleration.



Pidgin for Ubuntu Feisty

2007-07-08 17:04:00 +0200

Ubuntu Feisty comes with a beta of Gaim 2 and I as tried to compile “MusicTracker” plugin for Pidgin (formerly Gaim) I ran into errors complaining that Pidgin was not installed. I don’t know if there would have been a way of forcing the plugin to compile with Gaim sources, so I went for installing Pidgin.



Microsoft's "intellectual properties"...

2007-06-19 22:48:00 +0200

Here’s an interesting interview by Duncan McLeod (Financial Mail, 8 June 2007) with Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu founder, (not exclusively) about the recent deal by Microsoft and Linspire. It seams to be basically the same kind of “not-suing-each-other-for-infringement-of-unspecified-patents”-deal Microsoft made with Novell and Xandros. I can’t think of a good reason why any Linux distributor should agree to a deal like this…? Anyway, I’d like to quote a short part of this interview: