Monthly Archives: October 2009

XBMC on Karmic with VDPAU and VDR

If I read the title “XBMC on Karmic with VDPAU and VDR“, then I think not many people out there, beside the experts, understand what this is all about. It’s about a good looking Media Center for Linux, which can handle HD content from your camcorder or HDTV streams from cable or satellite. Read here about the available PPA repositories, the differences between them and how to set this whole thing up, without loosing the overview. Continue reading

Theme Update for My Media System 1.1.2 (Midnight- and Ocean-Theam)

My Media System, the light Open Source Media Center for Linux, is going to be released the next couple of days. The new thing about it is, as far as I know, the rip plugin from Lutz Thielmann (forum name: Magicamun) and many bug fixes. The rip plugin does, what you suspect it to do, it rips audio CDs onto your hard disk. Few month ago I’ve provided already an appropriate icon for the standard theme, but now it’s time to update my other two themes as well. Here we go: Continue reading

[HOWTO] HDTV with Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10) using VDR, Xine or Xineliboutput

VDPAU was one of the big topics here on this blog for quite a while. Mplayer was well known to work together with VDPAU and Nvidia’s graphics cards >= 8xxx from almost the very beginning. But not Xine. The developers of Xine didn’t run mplayer’s approach, which was almost nothing else, but the code reuse of the code Nvidia itself published for their VDPAU driver.

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The nvidia-glx-180-opengl3 Divert Problem

Few month ago I’ve messed around with a bunch of launchpad debs for Nvidia’s VDPAU support, and it supposed to happen I’ve installed more or less accidentally the nvidia-glx-180-opengl3 (don’t ask my anything about it). From this day on, I’ve occasionally tried to get rid of it, but didn’t succeed. Every time I’ve tried to install e.g. nvidia-glx-180 or something, I’ve got one of these errors (full log) slapped into my face:

E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
A package failed to install.  Trying to recover:

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Fetchmail, Cyrus and Exim4 – a Mail Server for Linux

This is a short installation HOWTO for a mail server for Linux. I’m on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala x86_64). A mail server basically consists – and the most Windows user won’t believe it – of three parts. This is because it gives you the freedom to decide which components you exactly want to use. There are a bunch of different applications out there, and even a higher number of constellations. The components usually a mail server consist of are: Continue reading

VMware-server 2.0.x Installation HOWTO for Karmic Koala (x86_64)

[UPDATE]This HOWTO works also for VMware-Server 2.0.2[/UPDATE], but after all I’ve migrated my VMs to KVM: Here’s a detailed HOWTO

I was trying to install the VMware server 2.0.1 x86_64 on my new Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10, kernel 2.6.31-13) server, but I’ve got a bunch of errors. Looking for an any-any patch haven’t been successful, but I’ve found an discussion thread, where the problem was solved. Unfortunately it sucks a bit going through the links and threads. That’s why here is a short and clear HOWTO with an already fixed patch: Continue reading