Archive for December, 2009

Linux drivers for Broadcom HD Video Accelerator

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Broadcom has recently released its driver source code for their HD Video Accelerator Mini PCI-E card.

Since the launch of this hardware to accelerate HD video playback on netbooks, only Windows drivers were supported.

Just days ago, they decided to release the source code for linux kernels 2.6.11 and higher.

Read the full article at Linux drivers for Broadcom HD Video Accelerator

Create Stencil Art using Gimp

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Create Stencil art using Gimp!

From Eternity on a Rock: Nathaniel in Stencil Art.

Easy way to reinstall all previously installed packages on new linux distro release version

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

As a linux distro gets updated with a new version, it is always a good idea to do a fresh install than to do an upgrade [which may cause some unforeseen problems].

But with the frequent updates of newer versions of distros such as Ubuntu [every 6 months], it gets a bit tiring to re-install from scratch and do “apt-get” commands for all the packages required for customization and personalization of the OS. To make matters worse, it is hard to remember each and every package that was installed previously.


Twit from terminal aka command-line!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Tuxarena posted an easy to follow guide to allow “twitting” from command-line without the need of any graphical GUI manager.

Now who says you can’t do anything without a graphical desktop manager?

The full article/tutorial here at TuxArena ” How to Post to Twitter from Command-line “

Once you have set it up, try the command below.. SGLNX:Singapore's Local Linux News Matters :

How to enable HD video playback on GMA 500 netbooks with Ubuntu Linux

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

The Intel GMA500 is actually capable of hardware acceleration for HD video, but it requires some tweaking of the linux driver environment

At “Linux-Tipps“, there is a guide to enable VAAPI (Video Acceleration API) for netbooks with the Intel GMA500 graphics chipsets.

Once VAAPI is enabled, Full HD videos can be watched and CPU utilization will only be 30%.

Source :

Foxconn Linux netbook hits the FCC

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Foxconn’s planning to launch a netbook that is both XP and linux capable.
According to Liliputing, the linux will be a customized distribution called FoxOS

Read the full article here at

Nvidia 195.22 Beta Linux Display Driver Available In Nvidia Vdpau Team PPA [Ubuntu]

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

If you use any of the Nvidia graphics card of GeForce chipset 8500 and above, you can make use of its VDPAU functions.

VDPAU = Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix

Since most standard linux distributions does not include it in their repositories, users have to download and install it manually, or if using Ubuntu, a new PPA repository can be added..

More on how to install VDPAU in the link below

Nvidia 195.22 Beta Linux Display Driver Available In Nvidia Vdpau Team PPA [Ubuntu]

Thanks for for the heads up

How Fanboys See Operating Systems

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Strictly for leisure purposes..

Comparison of how techies see their favourite OS versus other OS.

via How Fanboys See Operating Systems.

Firefox 3.5 Now the Most Popular Browser Worldwide

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

via Firefox 3.5 Now the Most Popular Browser Worldwide.

I am using Firefox… Are you?

Wine 1.1.35 Released

Monday, December 21st, 2009

More compatibility with native windows applications.

Source : LXer Linux News : Wine 1.1.35 Released.