Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Easier to support than OpenGL 4.x (Score 5, Interesting) 45

by Blaskowicz (#49190817) Attached to: Valve Developed an Open-Source Intel Vulkan GPU Driver For Linux

This comes out as a very good point for using Vulkan (which I thought would be called something like OpenGL 5.0, but well)

It's a nice suprise, though the downside may be the need for recent hardware. Article leaves out the minimum hardware feature level : is it restricted to Haswell and up? (that's the plan for DirectX 12). What is the status for Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge and even Bay Trail Atom graphics : that is pretty important given the installed base.

Comment: Re:And why is hiding shit the default in Win serve (Score 1) 560

by Blaskowicz (#49175593) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Windows Server is in fact a desktop operating system too. What was called Citrix, then TSE, then RDS is a facility to push the Windows Server's desktop onto plain Jane office users and possibly your marketing execs. Though these days, it is possible to push a single app (I'd do that in a heartbeat if it was free as beer)

Comment: Re:Yes, I agree (Score 1) 560

by Blaskowicz (#49174759) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Short 8+3 file names still are or still were included for DOS programs to use them, you know. I don't know what "My Documents" was like, but "Program Files" was PROGRA~1.
Just don't mess with it from pure DOS mode. I once renamed Program Files from DOS (not a window under win9x) to back it up before reinstalling : ren PROGRAM~1 programs
Then the directory was unreadable and I couldn't fix it. oops.

Anyway, we use spaces in file names daily and it is better than not having them.
Unix-like has stupid warts too, try creating a file named "-r" in a directory full of important sub-folders then delete it.

Comment: Re:Uh, what? (Score 1) 89

by Blaskowicz (#49174121) Attached to: Khronos Group Announces Vulkan To Compete Against DirectX 12

Let me put this another way. Byte code is machine code for an imaginary machine, GPU native code is machine code for an actual machine.

Kind of like x86 code is code for an imaginary machine.

I'm just joking, trying to introduce more confusion. Though GPUs don't have "x86" or "armv7" : they all differ from each other

Comment: Re:Boy you know you're old (Score 1) 89

by Blaskowicz (#49173965) Attached to: Khronos Group Announces Vulkan To Compete Against DirectX 12

Nope, it's for DX11 cards and not necessarily all of them (as far as I know).
nvidia announced support for Fermi cards and up (i.e. GTX 480 etc., their first DX11 hardware), Intel for Haswell graphics and up, AMD I don't exactly know if it's for GCN only (Radeon 7970, R9 280 etc.) or if older DX11 hardware is supported (Radeon HD 5000 and 6000).

Perhaps older DX10 stuff could support much of what's needed, but nvidia recently halted driver development for their DX10 hardware (save some maintenance updates for linux) and AMD halted it long ago.

Comment: Re:The Optimistic viewpoint hade a source (Score 1) 232

by Blaskowicz (#49169493) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

Guess who went in guns blazing and ruined the whole region. Western nations with a totally sick policy of "nation-destroying" is to blame as the root cause of all of this. And to think we did it again in Libya after years of debacle and horrors expecting a different result is mind numbing.

Self-hatred and "I told you so" won't help on their own, but I believe the Western violence and its irrationality are understated.

Comment: Re:yay file manager improvements (Score 1) 91

by Blaskowicz (#49159875) Attached to: Xfce 4.12 Released

LXDE's file manager is a piece of software I like very much, at least if you only use it in detailed view. Perhaps not very visible is it will run in restrained conditions such as a Pentium II 233 and less than 128MB RAM, and still be quick. It has had tabs support from the beginning and seems to have about the features of nautilus 2.x.
Well, I happen to not like the choice of themes in lubuntu very much (GTK, icons..)
The file manager - pcmanfm - can look better with another theme, "crumbs bar" to display the folder location (if you like that) and it shines with the left side panel disabled : can show a lot of files and folders while not using too much horizontal pixel space. With the speed, even on OLD or limited computers, that makes it my favourite tool for browsing a large music collection.
With the low footprint and desktop independance it's also about the right tool for a VM or headless server.

For browsing video and documents etc. in icon mode I've grown used to caja, now.

Comment: Re: The Only Desktop Environment I Use (Score 1) 91

by Blaskowicz (#49159161) Attached to: Xfce 4.12 Released

Mate is rather fine, in terms of weight it's more like XP whereas Cinnamon is a bit more like Vista. It's just gnome 2, which used to be what went on machines with 512MB RAM back when that was the sweet spot for a PC.
Lately, the biggest issue I'm seeing is recent VLC takes a long time to start (2.x, or is that 2.1.x specifically), afterwards it works as usual. The first file manager window you open (caja) takes a few seconds on a slow HDD but then it's fine.
I go to LXDE if RAM saving is needed. Xfce is similar to both in UI (with the common denominator being, till now, GTK2)

Whatever you use, the PC is limited by disk I/O. On a I/O bound PC that is not CPU bound or memory bound, just be confident and wait a little.
It might all be a bit moot : the applications themselves may use more and bigger libraries. It's typical to use a mix of GTK2, Qt and GTK3 applications so there's more libraries to load that are not already in RAM or disk cache.

"Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit!" -- Looney Tunes, "What's Opera Doc?" (1957, Chuck Jones)