List of Currently Supported GPUs for NVIDIA's VDPAU hardware acceleration

Currently supported VDPAU GPUs
NVIDIA released on 14th of November 2008 a driver for Linux, which is capable of accelerating H.264 encoded content on hardware. What is called NVIDIA PureVideo and is available for Windows since 2006, is now also available for the UNIX world. This new driver is told to work also on Solaris and BSD. Here’s a list of currently supported NVIDIA GPUs. You won’t find the 7. and former series, as far as I understood it, they’ll never will support PureVideo. Continue reading “List of Currently Supported GPUs for NVIDIA's VDPAU hardware acceleration”

My Media System (MMS) 1.1.0 RC9 released

My Media System (MMS), the light, fast and easy Open Source Media Center for Linux released yesterday in the version 1.1.0 RC9. This is going to be the last release candidate before final. If all goes as planed, around Christmas we’ll have finally a new stable MMS version. The last stable version was version, and was released on Monday 20. of August 2007. But 1.1.0 is different. Actually it’s almost a rewrite of the whole code.
This RC9 is a real milestone. Many new features and some real ugly bugs have been removed (Thanks Lorenzo). The removed bugs list is quite impressive anyway (see link below). Continue reading “My Media System (MMS) 1.1.0 RC9 released”

NVIDIA's VDPAU Driver, Version 180.16 – Hardware Acceleration for HD content (H.264) with major improvements.

I’ve just downloaded the latest NVIDIA 180.16 driver from 12th December, 2008 and tested it.

Follow the intructions here if you like to install NVIDIA’s Beta driver on a Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex).

NVIDIA writes in the mplayer’s README.txt: Continue reading “NVIDIA's VDPAU Driver, Version 180.16 – Hardware Acceleration for HD content (H.264) with major improvements.”

We're not there yet: xine-lib-1.2, VDPAU, and VDR 1.7.x (H.264/HDTV)

[UPDATE]Read here, how to install VDR on Karmic Koala with Binary Packages.[/UPDATE]
I’m running a patched VDR 1.7.0 with a SkyStar HD (with the Technotrend DVB S2 3200 driver), a svn xine-lib-1.2 and the H264 capable vdr-xine plugin fron Mr. Nissl. (See here the whole thread).

Actually there are two ways to run VDR 1.7 in HD mode. One with the native xine-lib-1.2, which uses ffmpeg behind the scenes, of course. Or one can use a special xine-plugin which is able to use CoreAVC’s library. Continue reading “We're not there yet: xine-lib-1.2, VDPAU, and VDR 1.7.x (H.264/HDTV)”

Getting Started with Skype on Linux

I bought a new webcam few days ago (Tevion MD85872) and had in mind to use it for video conferencing with my family and friends, and this – yes – with Linux. I’ve tried a few messengers, which were told to be able to work with Linux regarding video transmissions. This is the

  • MSN messenger and
  • Yahoo! messanger

ICQ doesn’t support video on Linux, and all other application available, doesn’t talk to the messengers my friends and family is using.
Long story short, I didn’t manage to make MSN or Yahoo! work.
A friend of mine said, I should use Skype, and I’ve tried it also. And surprise surprise, Continue reading “Getting Started with Skype on Linux”

Tweaking the WP-StatPress WordPress Plugin

I’ve tried a few statistics plugins for WordPress. You know, such, where the visits per day, week, month, etc are counted, and a lot other information, too. Below is a (by far not complete) list of WordPress statistics plugins I’ve tried. But all of them didn’t meet my needs in one ore more things. But the StatPress plugin, has also disadvantages I don’t like. One of it is, you can’t adjust the number of results for Last hists, Last search terms, Last referrest, Last agents, Last Pages and Last Spiders.
And this is exactly where this article comes into the game. I’ve wrote a little patch, that makes this adjustable. Continue reading “Tweaking the WP-StatPress WordPress Plugin”

Google Earth 4.3 (Beta) crashes on Linux (Problem solved by workaround)

Perform these three lines, if it still doesn’t work, read the workaround described below:

cd ~/.googleearth

If it crashes again, you can give it one further try by removing the lock file and myplaces (back them up, if necessary): Continue reading “Google Earth 4.3 (Beta) crashes on Linux (Problem solved by workaround)”


Saw yesterday pictures of an upcoming mobile phone with Android. And read and saw amazed the specs and pictures of this device. Especially the prize took me by surprise. $299 Australian Dollar.
The new KOGAN AGORA offers:

  • 2.5-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen.
  • Integrated QWERTY keyboard.
  • High-speed 3G network connection.
  • One-Touch Google Search ™.
  • Easy Web Browsing.
  • Easy-to-use email with attachment support for images, videos, music and documents.
  • Customisable Home Screen with instant Email, text message and IM notifications.
  • Instant access to mobile Internet services (Gmail ™, YouTube ™, Google Talk ™, Google Calendar ™, Google Maps ™).
  • Music Player.
  • Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • microSD™ expansion slot for all your storage needs.
  • Continue reading “KOGAN AGORA MOBILE PHONE FEATURING ANDROID ™ – The iPhone killer?”

Tevion Graphics Tablet (Aiptek, APT-6000U) on Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)

Finally I’ve got my old USB Tevion graphics tablet working on Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex). It was a hard fight, and I don’t exactly know anymore how I got there, but I’ll try to reconstruct this case as good as I can. Before you go ahead: It’s not working without flaws. There are some ugly bugs, and dirty workarounds in it, but at least I’ve got it working somehow. This seems to be the first HOWTO for APT-6000U on the Internet so far, please consider it may not work for you, since I’ve got no conformations yet, if it’s working for other, too.
Continue reading “Tevion Graphics Tablet (Aiptek, APT-6000U) on Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)”