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Comment: Re:Great news for OSS (Score 2) 44

by msh104 (#48684065) Attached to: Phoronix Lauds AMD's Open Source Radeon Driver Progress For 2014

Well, there is a difference between eventual target and current reality.

As a sysadmin it is a joy to use linux on the desktop when maintaining linux servers.
NVIDIA is way beyond any other party in their linux support. ( equal in performance and features to their windows drivers )
It's simply the best you can get right now. Now many of our coders use linux as well. But i don't think any of them would consider running the open source drivers.
As much as i would love my drivers to be open source i get much better results using the binary drivers.

That being said, i do applaud major vendors building their open source drivers themselves.
It is a major requirement to getting decent video card drivers for the future.

Comment: Why care? (Score 2) 240

by msh104 (#46461545) Attached to: Google To Replace GTK+ With Its Own Aura In Chrome

To be honest i see this more as a feature than as a problem.
This will very likely improve the quality of the linux build making it more complete and compatible with the windows build and features.

Just compare the linux and windows versions of firefox for example.
They look far from the same.
And for a big part this is caused by the difference in toolkits used beneath the skin.

Now i am a big fan of QT.
But even if they port their own: one toolkit everywhere can only make things better.

Comment: Re:we ditched vmware for xenserver 2 years back... (Score 4, Interesting) 86

by msh104 (#44146309) Attached to: XenServer 6.2 Is Now Fully Open Source

The Zimbra Open Source Edition is probably a very good choice.
- 99% of all companies don't need features then the open source edition.
- it supports large mailboxes very well. ( some of our employees have 21gb mailboxes, it still runs smooth )
- You can buy a plugin for encryption if you really need it.
- Mail (IMAP), Calender (iCal) and adressbook (LDAP) sync is possible to almost any device.
- You can always get the commercial version if you need the extras.

I don't think you can remotely wipe your mail using an open source product but nowadays you might simply get any android of iphone device and use a wiping app. Maybe not as convenient but it works.

Spamassasin can work very well ( it certainly does for us ) using external blocklists and distributed mail analysis services ( dcc, razor2 ) in addition to it's core filters. We added greylisting as well. Everything runs as part of the Amavis product. We don't use Bayesian filtering though. While good on paper we found it to be to unpredictable in real life. ( people reporting valid mailing lists as spam instead of unsubscribing, etc ) Instead we added around 15 additional custom spam filter lines over the years but that's it. Now all our spam is gone. We filter mail for over 1500 domains and our customers have never been happier.

Comment: Re:Quite actual - Not! (Score 1) 100

by msh104 (#42968479) Attached to: Debian Project Releases 7.0 "Wheezy" Installer Candidate

Well, at work i am using the debian 6 version on my desktop.
For a long time it was the only distribution you could find that would actually provide you with a stable and well working kde version.

I'll be upgrading when the debian 7 version comes out. whenever that will be.
And you know, that suits me just fine.

The only packages i upgraded are firefox, chrome, flash and libreoffice.
Other than that i had no need to run any linux distribution more current than debian 6.

Comment: Re:What's the advantage? (Score 1) 106

by msh104 (#36692126) Attached to: Real-Time Text Over Jabber/XMPP/Google Talk

From what i understood this is not what they do.
They check what key strokes have been entered in the past second and at what interval.
They then transmit all this information to the other side where this is being shown.
So while typing, one XML request / second is being send.

Still a lot of xml requests, but a nice compromise if you want natural typing in semi-realtime ( one second delay ).

Comment: Re:Wonderful. (Score 1) 228

by msh104 (#36385036) Attached to: Dutch To Introduce Net Neutrality By Law

The Netherlands is the second country in the world to do so. ( Chili was the first ) I'd say that counts as "much earlier than anyone else".
It is however true that at the same other people are considering putting quite dangerous infrastructure in place ( mostly under child pornography banner )
Nevertheless, this is still a move in the right direction.

Comment: Upgrade kernel + R1Soft (Score 3, Informative) 300

by msh104 (#32541204) Attached to: Volume Shadow Copy For Linux?

Just upgrade your kernel using a manual build of the 2.6 kernel.
Also install static versions of the modutils ( insmod, modprobe, etc )
Use an external ( a machine with decent software ) for this so your compile doesn't break.
I have done so in the past and it works fine. ( and plan an update for those machines, anything with 2.4 is way to old... )

After that you can just use R1Soft hot copy,

This program is free ( as in beer ) to download and works with every block device.
You can even write to a block device if you really need to.

Their commercial offerings are pretty good as good. ( and DO work with the 2.4 kernel )
We use it here at work.

I heard btrfs supports something like this as well.

Any way, good luck!

First Person Shooters (Games)

An Early Look At Next-Gen Shooter Bodycount 238

Posted by Soulskill
from the piece-by-piece dept.
If you ask fans of first-person shooters what feature they'd like to see in a new game, their answers — now and for the past 15 years — probably involve destructible environments. Game developers have tried to satisfy this demand with scripted events, breakable objects, and more crates than you can shake a rocket launcher at. However, Bodycount, an upcoming game from Codemasters Guildford, is aiming to deliver what gamers have wanted for so long: the ability to blast apart whatever you please. Quoting the Guardian's games blog from their hands-on with the game: "... it's not just about effect, it's about access. In Bodycount, you can blow chunks out of thinner interior walls, allowing you to burst through and catch enemies by surprise. You can also brilliantly modify cover objects – if you're hiding behind a crate and want to take out enemies without popping up from behind it, shoot a hole in it. Bingo, you've got a comparatively safe firing vantage. The difference between this and say, Red Faction or Bad Company, is that the destruction isn't limited to pre-set building sections. It's everywhere. This should, of course, grind the processor to a halt, but the team has come up with a simple compromise to facilitate its vision. 'The trick is that we're not running full physics on everything,' explains lead coder, Jon Creighton. ... This is tied in with one of the best cover systems I've ever seen. While in a crouching position (gained by holding the left trigger down), you can use the left analogue stick to subtly look and aim around your cover object, ducking and peeking to gain that perfect view of the war zone. It's natural, it's comfortable and it's adaptive, and it will surely consign the whole 'locking on' mechanic to the graveyard of cover system history."

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