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SGLNX takes Nvidia ION2 for a spin (Part 1/3)

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The board
Nvidia ION2 GPU with Atom D525 Pineview CPU in an Mini-ITX form factor mainboard (17×17cm)

The memory
2x 2 gb (Dual Channel ) Kingston DDR3 1066MHz ram

The storage
Seagate 2.5″ Momentus XT hybrid 500gb SATA2 HDD

The operating system
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Misc hardware dongles
RT73 Wifi USB stick
USB bluetooth adapter (for use with Wiimote in XBMC)

The objective
Test run the board to run the default Ubuntu system with addon PPA repositories to ensure maximum performance for 1080p media playback using XBMC. Geekbench benchmarks to be used for testing the raw processing power of the D525 coupled with ION2.

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Opensource Complete Home Entertainment System : XBMC

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

XBMC is a free opensource cross platform media player. It has its origins from the first generation XBOX game console, where XBMC was created as a homebrew media player making use of MPlayer sources as one of its cores. XBMC has since evolved with a huge and continuously growing forum with active discussions happening 24/7.

Its flexibility in allowing add-on scripts and user-created skins has also contributed to its popularity. User-contributed skins such as the “Aeon Stark” made it even more popular in the recent months. Video shown after the break.

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Maemo + Moblin = Meego

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Meego is an operating system framework which is collaborated by both Nokia and Intel, combining their efforts from Maemo and Moblin respectively.

It is opensource and a large part of this framework focuses on the user interface, which is mainly large icons with an easy point & click user navigation interface. The outlook of the interface resembles most of what Intel have had for Moblin.

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Optimize HD video playback for Nvidia ION in Linux

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The Nvidia ION powered Intel Atom processor netbooks and nettops are the rage these days.

Affordable, lightweight and powerful graphics processor.

The Nvidia ION is actually an Intel Atom CPU coupled with a Nvidia 9400m graphics chipset.

Most linux distributions install fine on most netbooks and nettops. However, their default video player may not be optimized for the Nvidia ION chipsets. For HD video playback, without tweaking the parameters of the video player application, the end result may be lacklustre and the playback may even be not in sync or skipping frames.

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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 : Liliputing.com

Linux Is Regaining Netbook Market Share Quickly

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Earlier this year, there were many reports that linux operating systems was losing market share of netbooks.

But this is about to change very fast.

Linux Is Regaining Netbook Market Share Quickly – O’Reilly Broadcast.

SGLNX strongly believes that with the upcoming release of Google’s Chrome OS, market share will be recaptured for sure!

SGLNX takes Moblin 2.1 for a spin! Part One

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Moblin has recently announced its version 2.1 of the project for download.

At SGLNX, armed with a first generation ITX Intel Atom 230 mainboard and a MSI Wind U100-Plus N280 netbook, the live USB image was tested on the 2 hardwares and an attempt to do a full install was also done on another USB stick.

This second USB stick was used to boot this “natively installed Moblin” to test the portability of the Moblin operating system across different hardwares.

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