Sat

19

Oct

2013

Second time is the charm for Microsoft

New Microsoft Keyboard
New Microsoft Keyboard

With the launch of windows 8 and Microsoft’s undying effort to converge tablet and desktop interface (and mobile / xbox interface) into one, Microsoft has taken shots from both tablet and desktop users. With the march of android and IOS, people are even saying that the days of WINTEL (windows + Intel) are over.

 

But wait, this is not the first time Microsoft has screwed up. Here is the history of Microsoft getting their act together the second time.

 

Windows 98: one of the most popular version of windows which handled blue screen of death pretty well (/sarcasm) had to be re-released as windows 98 SE (SE for second edition and not security enhanced edition) and thus adding more stability to its constantly corrupting, virus infesting and BSOD’ed version.

 

Windows 2000: yeah their first NT based home user operating system that added the much desired stability but was incompatible with so many softwares that it became a dud and Microsoft had to rush windows millennium just to satisfy angry windows 98 users. The fix? The fix was finally the launch of windows XP which is till date the best OS from Microsoft and is still going strong, especially in corporate office (I am still using this hunk of junk at my office).

 

Windows Vista: need to say anymore, this version sucked so much that even Linux people thought that they have a chance for finally fulfilling the dream of “year of desktop Linux”. Heck even Mac OS gained some ground here. The fix was the launch of windows 7 and this is what everyone is holding on to now. Amazing thing is that windows 7 is not different from Vista and yet it’s more acceptable.

 

Windows 8: Microsoft has spent so much on this UI and the return they are getting is just awesome (sarcasm alert). Microsoft kept the hopes alive for year of desktop Linux, removed the start bottom, introduced internet feeding non interactive tiles and confused user with separate desktop and metro (whatever they are this UI now) interface. Microsoft has just launch windows 8.1, which like win 7 is not so different from its predecessor.

 

 

Conclusion: as we can see, Microsoft has done goofs up before and escaped by learning and correcting themselves. But the difference from past and then is that we now have options for devices and operating system other than windows and thus Microsoft is slowly getting the backstage treatment. Microsoft was slow to embrace is convergent world and now time will tell if windows 8.1 will help them survive or not. BTW I hate Microsoft

110 Comments

Tue

01

Oct

2013

AMD mantle - competing proprietary standard

one more please
one more please

AMD shocked the world with its new proprietary standard mantle. essentially creating a substitute for Microsoft's DirectX and opengl.

 

it has two effects... the good and the bad.

 

but in order to understand that, let us go for a time travel and understand the concept.

 

"long time ago when graphic cards were just making their appearance and thus ushering new 3d accelerated games. the times when no directx and opengl was there. every manufacturer had its own standard for utilizing its gpu thus forcing game makers to either support multiple standards and go crazy or support one standard and thus work on limited number of graphic cards. this however resulted in very optimized games that could use graphic cards to a very low level.

as time passed we got open standard called opengl where if a hardware is designed to follow opengl then the software which is again designed keeping in mind opengl then it is suppose to work irrespective of underlying hardware. this finally ended software and hardware confusion and kick started 3d games for all. Microsoft came up with their own standard and it works on Windows and Xbox. though with this we gained lots of overhead and thus reduced efficiency of games running on generic gpu."

 

back to present time-

now we have major standards as opengl and DirectX running from mobile to consoles.

inherently consoles have the advantage of unique hardware and hardware exposure at lower level thus games can run very efficiently on them compared to pc and mobiles.

although pc always have superior hardware, they are less exploited due to overhead while running games.

enter AMD mantle.

AMD introduces another standard that exploits their specific gpu (specifically gcn architecture) thus getting efficiency upto 6 times. (this is yet to be tested).

 

now this has two effects.

 

good effect is that AMD owners can utilize this thing to get better performance and game makers can do some more heavy level effects, textures, polygon etc.

on negative side, it supports specific hardware and software designed to utilize this specification.

from my side this glide from 3dfx all over again and i rather follow open standard rather than vendor specific standard. plus we dont know if mantle will be supported on linux. boo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

53 Comments

Sun

23

Jun

2013

Open source Mobile OS need competition

open vs open
open vs open

So now we have android ruling all (well most) mobile phones nowadays.

 

It partially fulfills my dream of Linux OS on mobile phone. But now android is so large, that we now need competition. And what is best completion for free open source OS? Other free open source OS naturally.

Enter Firefox OS, Ubuntu, Tizen and Jolla

I am including jolla as it depends on open source project MER, but its more closed source than other OS

But android has market share, lots of apps, mods and what not. We need a compelling product to topple its dominance.

With so many OS, which one will win? My choice is Firefox OS!

But why? It’s the least preferred for all since its basing its technology on web developer tools, the chances are bright due to the following

  1. Apps port – apps development is easy since its using html5, porting regular apps is easy too (since most apps are already using html5)
  2. Super easy interface – alright it looks almost like ios but hey, it’s as easy as it can get. Interface is familiar and is fool proof. One button and bam you are out of app. This is the sole reason where firefox will outnumber other more gesture based OS. Ubuntu is so gesture centric, I don’t believe average joe can handle it and will take time to get use to it.
  3. Tie ups – they already have tie ups popular telecom operators, not to mentioned increase list of hardware partners. They are one step ahead of everyone.
  4. Cheap as it gets – they are aiming for light OS to target cheap devices, these devices can prove to be market penetrators.
  5. Truly open source – spreading open web standards, not only that they are aiming that once apps are developed, they can run on any compliant engine that supports the underlying APIs. That means develop for firefox and run it on any HTML5 compliant OS/ browser

So what are chances for other OS?

 

Ubuntu – touted as the next android of mobile, ubuntu has the vision to load one OS which will run on all form factors. Although it’s a winning strategy and ubuntu has the popularity to pull it, their decisions to achieve it and complexity of UI will let it down. Although it might improve with newer iterations. Who knows? One thing is sure, it looks fantastic.

 

Tizen – the hidden dark horse, started on meego with enlightenment libraries, there is still much less information about it. Clearly the android centric UI, with SAMSUNG and Intel behind it, HTML5 and android apps compatibility with it, this can be a force to reckon with. especialy with top notch hardware they can sport thanks to samsung.

 

Jolla – although it’s using open source technology, jolla is very much closed than other platforms. But jolla is my childhood vision of Linux done right for mobile. Also even though its gesture based, I believe its one of the UI where gesture is done right. This QT powered OS can take us where Nokia Meego (N9) failed to take. Beautiful UI, powerful OS, superb multitasking is what makes jolla unlike others.

 

 

44 Comments

Fri

27

Jan

2012

bootloader locked everywhere!

motorola.. you s**k
motorola.. you s**k

bootload... what?

Bootloader is a piece of code that runs before any operating system is running.

Bootloader are used to boot other operating systems, usually each operating system has a set of bootloaders specific for it.

 

locked... so?

 

as a long term pc users, i loved the freedom to install any o/s and boot any kernel.

with the advent of smart mobiles, this freedom is now slowly taken away and with windows 8, this will start to creep in desktop arena too.

i currently run multi o/s setup and in near future either i will have to let go of windows or linux. point is, what will i do in case of preinstalled o/s?

 

cant we crack it?

with the encryption level upto 128bit, not only we will require a super computer, but a miracle too.

 

yeah i am just ranting over here cuz i have a looked bootloader on my defy. but i am more afraid for my desktop.

 

375 Comments

Thu

30

Jun

2011

social networking - google's undying attempt with google+

google is calling
google is calling

 

i have lost count, google has attempted its dabble with social networking including twitter clone (buzz), myspace clone (orkut) and what not.

 

though i will have to give it google.. they have tasted success in almost all the fields they have touched. search, mail, office, browser, operating system etc.

 

but they have miserable attempts with social networking, including working with facebook. this time with google+, they going with whatever they have got... and the rewiews seems positive too... what sucks is that they have announced it and everything... but its still in closed beta mode. this means average joe who are not invited (oh i am one) cannot join it.. at least for now.

 

will google win this time around? will be like... chat google, social google, mail google, internet google.. eat google, sleep google (ok i will shut up)?

 

time will tell. for now i am excited to try another social networking site (and then dont use it after a while like i have done with other social sites). how about you? will you switch the ships? 

319 Comments

Thu

30

Jun

2011

Tegra VS APU - battle of architectures

mobile battle
mobile battle

the battle between AMD and Nvidia is heating up again but not in the GPU segment, in the mobile CPU segment.

 

although AMD is far cry from mobile CPU, but their APU are aiming for it. on the other hand nvidia is already in the mobile segment with tegta CPUs.

 

here is a bit of background - AMD aquired ATI so that they can go for their fusion strategy.. i.e. combining GPU and CPU and use both of them for compute purpose. intel already had their GPUs but are now leveraging powerVR technologies to advance their sloppy GPUs.

this left Nvidia as they didnt had any x86 license and hence started GPGPU on their own.

 

but the best solution was to get an ARM licence and thus tegra was born.

 

back to present - now both AMD and nvidia wants fully integrated GPU and CPU (right now the CPU house both graphic core and CPU core), nvidia is betting on ARM which is power efficient and AMD is betting on X86 which now scaling to the power level ARM. who will win? i think both will.. and competition is good for us consumers too.

961 Comments

Sat

19

Dec

2009

Ubuntu meet Aero

see it to believe it
see it to believe it

actually, i had enough of ubuntu. my upgrade to karmic rendered my system unbootable. best part was that it was common. many people were facing the same problem. i decided to switch my distro. (m still downloading ultimate edition 2.5, a whopping 3 gb. will take a full month).

 

so i started to look for new distro which i have never tried. a gentoo based distro ...sabayon. but while checking phoronix.com, i found some intresting news. new stuff to be included in lucid, plymouth, fast bootup,kms and what not.  but i was adamant, it was time to change. especially since gnome 3 wont see the light of the anytime soon.

 

but how things change, and that too very fast. enter RGBA support in gnome. this seemingly simple integration will make ubuntu take on windows and gnome on kde. thats right, it will add transperencies effects and thus making ubuntu look good for the 1st time. yeah i never liked ubuntu's ugly themes and combination. but seeing sample images i can just drool. so i guess i will be sticking to ubuntu for sometime now. coz for time being it will be ubuntu only feature, polished and right out of the box. best part is, its fast and doesnt require hardware acceleration. yay!

397 Comments

Fri

18

Dec

2009

android saga - open, popular and now playable

android - linux power
android - linux power

Google's android has made linux a mainstream mobile os. best of all it has a BSD licence. so everyone seems to be jumping in. not only it is now open source, the community has started playing with it too. one of the project in stumbled upon was a live cd. yes, a live cd.... an iso.... cabable of running on an x86 machine. SURPRISE! hold your horses fellas! it works only in a virtual machine. i tested it with sun's virtual box, a superb open source product. although i got bored of android in couple of minutes coz its got nothing. not even android store. but the cool part is, if you have internet, then most probably you can run internet on android too.

 

so go on and play and leave some comment on what kind of experiment you did.

 

i just wished that they did not pushed chrome o/s and concentrated on android. hm....

510 Comments

Tue

03

Nov

2009

Future of Linux nle video editor - Openshot

best linux nle?
best linux nle?

 

Have you ever tried to edit a simple home video in Linux? Lets face it, it sucked? Yeah couple of years back I couldn't find a single NLE editor for Linux that could “just do it” you know what I mean? Simple easy to use program in which you start editing and presto! Done. No you couldn't, cause Linux video editors were weird with steep learning curve.

 

They lacked the standard interface and easiness, granted they were mature and with adequate learning job can be done. But hey! That not the point. The only saving grace was kdenlive, but it crashed like mig planes in India. I had to resort to blender for video editing.

 

Enter Openshot, the new dawn of Linux nle. Not only it sports standard interface that is super easy to adopt, it is stable as a rock. Its just awesome. And whats more, the project is in nascent stage – it has almost completed 1 year and is already ahead of most of the nle projects. The recent addition now sport skins, effects and presets. And now it has its frekin ppa repository. I wish it was also available for windows.

My only gripe are

  1. slow preview, especially high res videos and applying of effects

  2. lack of editable formats – I was unable to output at my desired resolution

  3. less effects

  4. need lots of small feature

 

just give this baby one more year and it will rip part commercial video editors

 

I don't want to be biased here. I recently updated kdenlive to 0.7.6 and found it much better. Of course its a more mature project than openshot and thus have more feature, its effects list are just huge and preview was fast. But still not much stable. The previous version couldn't start at all.

 

So I can conclude that with both these project, Linux NLE open are intact and kickin.

 

get openshot from

http://www.openshotvideo.com/

 

490 Comments

Thu

15

Oct

2009

Gimp's single window Magic

single window
single window

So i was wrong, thats because i wasnt mentally ready. but its true, our beloved Gimp in the upcoming version 2.8 will sport sincle window system rather than multiple windows. for those who want to cry,"oh my god! i loved multi window system" relax.... there will be a one step option to revert back to multi window.

the single window will have tab viewer and maybe even something like aero peek for multiple opened images. and it looks awsome too. if that is not enough, right after this all the focus will be on the upcoming 3.0.

start gimping already

 

240 Comments

Thu

15

Oct

2009

Nvidia's Battleplan - FERMI

fermi - do or die
fermi - do or die

nvidia is facing one of the worst days. here is a long list


1. they are late with directx 11

2. launch of low segment directx 10.1 gpu

3. partners ditching gtx series

4. a losing console war

5. higher cost

6. doubtful chipset support for intel in the future


there is more to it, but i will refrain myself. but why such a beating?

the major problem is lack of CPU, i mean an x86 CPU. Both intel and AMD have their cpu and and we all know that in future the GPU will be integrated right inside the CPU. So that nvidia is the only vendor with lack of CPU and thus their only hope is survival of GPU market.

here is nvidia's trump card, GPGPU. thus enabling general purpose computation on the GPU itself. GPUs are powerful, even more powerful than the latest CORE i7. the only backfire in this plan is that they are pushing CUDA, a proprietary standard for GPGPU, and thus lack of popularity.

nvidia's next move is tegra and tesla. with the new ferni, super cheap renderfarm can be made with the combination of GPU. Fermi will be super powerful and rest assure will retain the performance crown. the only question is at what cost? if its not cheap then it will lose mainstream marketshare to AMD/ATI.

and surprise surprise! the tegra, the computer on a chip will now be a part of new Nintendo DS. at least the Rumor says so. after microsft's zune HD and samsung this is the next significant partnership for nvidia. nintendo DS is right now the number 1 selling console and with graphics from tegra with the ability to play 720p videos, DS will be a force to reckon with.

the nvidia is not totally dry at CPU end and has license for ARM cpu on which tegra is based. thus the next fight will be at the smart devices level.

nvidia is a beast, a beast that has evolved to always lead the market. i am sure nvidia will remain a powerful force

 

264 Comments

Sun

13

Sep

2009

Gimp 3.0 - gimp CS?

contibute to gimp
contibute to gimp

competition is good, it is a necessity. competition is good even for open source world. there were cries and hues, yes, after adobe released their CS version people started crying for features and power from gimp too. adobe steadily distant itself from the open source competition and all gimp could do was to release small updates.
things changes, sometimes too fast. Gimp is changing too. they are getting ready with gimp 2.8 but they also getting ready for the world with the preparation for gimp 3.0
whats in store?
long answer short -GEGL. they have already started implementing GEGL, but its not fully integrated yet. after finishing 2.8 all focus will be on completely integrating GEGL with gimp thus gimp will truly have the power for high dynamic range colours. instead of rgb conversion cmyk conversion will be done resulting in more powerful and accurate editing.
with 2.8 gimp will be offered in gpl v3 license and hence paving the path for new tools.
if you were wondering why no new features were added? now you know.

krita was becoming a threat too with cleaner interface which is even better than photoshop, it has reached version 2.
there is also a rumor that 2.8 will sport single window system just like photoshop or krita. all i can say that its just a rumor. but who knows with v3.0 this may really come true. v3.0 promises lots of ui changes. lets hope for the best. you know, i would rather like an option for this multi window and single window switch. maybe a hide window button. or even better, a window rip feature a-la blender 2.50.
can they do it? gimp 3.0 will be a huge step just like blender 2.50. lets hope open source photo editor becomes powerful showing the world what open source can be.

775 Comments

Sun

13

Sep

2009

Directx will die

its fair in love and war
its fair in love and war

you are an idiot! this will be the reaction when people will read the title. but i am still adamant, directx will die.
sure windows is the widely used desktop and server O/s. no doubt about it. its one of the easy user frienly O/s. no doubt about it either. but the future trend shows something different in store.

directx is easy to program and feature rich graphic API. yeah yeah! opengl 3.2 already catches up with directx. directx compute can be countered by openCL. so what remains is harware tesselation. well that will be implemented in openGL soon, i am sure.

so what gives? let me explain you this simply - if you add all the devices with smart O/s, how many do you think are using directx? if i add mobiles, pda, notebooks etc this scenario changes. almost everyone is using opengl.

most popular phone - iphone, uses opengl. android is Linux based and hence uses opengl and the way its alliance is increasing, its going to be a force to reckon with. the new nokia n900 which will be the top end device by nokia uses Linux maemo and opengl. symbian o/s, also uses opengl. java has jsr support for opengl. and i just heard limo, will be launched by voadphone is also linux based and its alliance is huge too.

that doesn't make any sense. the king of desktop is windows and always will. but dear, what if the desktop doesnt remain a computer king? handheld devices and net-tops may become our computing partner?

lets just look at this trend -
Intel is pushing atom very hard, it is now selling like a hot cake. with this intel wants to invade the mobile devices where there is almost a monopoly by ARM. ARM is similarly trying to invade the net-top marked by making more powerful processors. if this trend continues then in next two years we will have very powerful mobile devices. powerful enough to challenge desktop.

and as i have mentioned earlier opengl is the choice for everyone. Intel is pushing moblin and let me tell you its the os that will dominate the net-top market. there are people who are trying to port android in net-tops. and Google is promoting its chrome OS. apple is already established as smartphone leader and is slowly eating Microsoft dominance at desktop. whats common in all of them? OPENGL.

oh i forgot the game console. who is the leader in the console market? surprise surprise! its Nintendo DSi. in the big console war Nintendo wii is the winner. both of them uses a derived opengl system.

what about Linux? well Linux is still plagued with graphic problem. but wait the future is promising. gallium 3d is being integrated and develop. huh? gallium 3d will help in doing gpgpu, 3d acceleration, 2d acceleration, video acceleration and what not. and it will be bleeding edge.

Microsoft's defence? they have realized and catching up with speed of development and feature with Microsoft mobile. windows mobile 7 should bring them closer. they are already in the console war and that is good for them too. zune was a failure but they are still at it with zune HD which will sport nvidia tegra.
Still don't believe that directx will die? well ..... neither do i. heh heh

119 Comments

Sun

13

Sep

2009

is it bird? is it a plane? is it a firefox? no its swiftfox

i bet you haven't heard of swiftfox.

if you are you on Linux chances are you are using firefox. whats the problem with that? well the default firefox is for generic processor and thus is slow and cumbersome.

Swiftfox is an optimized build of Mozilla Firefox. Swiftfox has builds for both AMD and Intel processors and is based on the most cutting edge Firefox source code available.There is now an installer available that is distro independent. It is a script that downloads and installs Swiftfox in the /opt directory and attempts to use existing Firefox plugins. The installer is probably the best way for most users to install Swiftfox. If your distro is Debian based you will want to install using the deb files as the apt repository will provide automatic updating.

 

get faster get swiftfox

http://getswiftfox.com/

121 Comments

Sun

13

Sep

2009

make human - now with hair

make your choice
make your choice

make human is a stanalone professional human model generating software. it is making slow but steady advancement. its still is in alpha stage but here is a the surprise, it now sport hair right out of the box.
that's not all, there is new feature for blender. 
this is right out of horses mouth "This is an experiment (a prototype in Blender) of a new feature we are developing in our makehuman software. It's a new, original next-gen tool, that automatically models the most probable realistic head. So the user needs just a few clicks to roughly set the most important facial features, and makehuman will do the rest of the work :-)
Actually we have a limited DB at the moment, so the results are still limited."

here is the link for further details
http://www.makehuman.org/blog/index.php

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Sun

06

Sep

2009

My take on KDE 4.3.1

kde 4.3.1 - full glory
kde 4.3.1 - full glory

i was always a kde lover. there was time when i even didn't installed gnome because it was so clumsy. but there was a time where my hardware got incompatible and Linux and we were separated.

after a long time things changed, ubuntu appeared and became a top ditro. gnome evolved and became slick and easy to use. and kde launched 4.0. my second stint with Linux began with mint Linux. and i was amazed, amazed that how much Linux has grown, how much genome is polished, its even better than windows for god sake.

i was itching to try the kde 4.0, all the time i could hear was phonon, photon,plasma and i don't know what. it sounded so magical. so i fired up my super slow connection, and after 2 days, got my kde.

my 1 reaction .............yuck!

what has happended to kde, why does the desktop look so windowish, it crashes it hangs and most of all , after leaving the desktop, everything looks ugly.

such a sad day, i removed Linux altogether.

 

i downloaded ultimate edition with gnome , kde and xfce.

 

my reaction.......ugh!

 

it crashes, its heavy and again just after crossing the desktop, looks downright ugly.

 

i was hesitant but now i upgraded to 4.3.1. it was a pure struggle on my net connection, but i did it. although 40 packages are yet to be upgraded/install.ed .

 

my reaction.........two thumbs up

 

kde developers have worked hard this time, the desktop is  stable, not rock solid but yeah very stable. speed is in even with composite on. the desktop looks much less like windows. although after that it still look a bit ugly but i really feel that the environment is finally ready. most of all, i think kde has gained its lost soul.

sadly i still don't use it regularly.

here is what i have done

1. gnome is equipped with slick theme, compiz and all the eye candy i can think of. this is my default desktop

2. if i miss my windows, i just log in to kde and drool

3. i made xfce look more more like a mac including the latest cairo-dock. even managed to install mint menu in it. it rocks

 

kde has ways to go, but it will definitely going to be the coolest desktop due to there radical ideas and design set forward in kde 4.0. i am waiting for similar step with gnome on their gnome 3.0 project. lets keed our fingers crossed

 

 

69 Comments

Sun

06

Sep

2009

open source vs linux fanbois

i was always a kde lover. there was time when i even didnt installed gnome because it was so clumsy. but there was a time where my harware got incompatible and linux and me were separated.

after a long time

 

 

so i was jumping at irc for my kde problem. i was upgrading my kde and boom, no panel, no background no nothing.

anyway i suddenly saw a person asking for a software that could tell the net usage on daily/monthly etc basis. so i said to myself, hey! i also had that problem, and i solved it. so as a good person (of course i am a nice guy) i told him that use netmeter by installing it via wine.

the next thing i could not belive, some guy was so angry that he started yelling at me (not litrally, but it felt like that). saying you are crazy, why do you need wine, linx can do everything blah blah bla. i was just shocked and simply asked whats wrong with this way. then the person whom i suggested also became angry. to take the charge of the situation i calmly said netmeter does its job pretty well and its easy. furthermore its an open source software. even that was not enough and tantrums were thrown like anything. i had to log out. huh.

i dont get it, whats the problem if the software is open source. that guy must be credited for his open-mindedness. i wont have a problem if tomorrow microsoft says we are going open sorce ( i dont have a problem with them even today, its just that i like open siurce philosophy more).

i maybe wrong, but this is how i feel. any comment on this subject is welcome

87 Comments

Sun

06

Sep

2009

Xreal and state of OpenGL

nvidia - keeping alive hope for ogl 3.0
nvidia - keeping alive hope for ogl 3.0

Linux is a bleeding edge operating system. it bleeds so much that its get outdated in 6 month flat. the development pace is huge. even then when it comes to hardware feature support, especially in GPU department, it SUCKS.

before i continue this discussion let me introduce you to a very advance game project. Xreal, the only application designed to utilize opengl 3.0 and above. yes that is correct, right now i can only find this application that actually uses ogl 3.0. more irony about is that there no open sorce Ogl 3.0 driver support till date. only closed source nvidia driver sport  new specification and somewhat also by AMD/ATI.

anyway xreal is a heavily modified ... and i mean heavily modified quake engine that can real multiple files like from doom and unreal 3. sadly this project is another one of those 1st person frag game. there just too many death-match kinda games which are very advance. i would have love to see some good story based games with super graphics.

 

coming to opengl part, although we have the specification, implementation is taking time. and the story doesnt end there, khronos  group which is responsible for laying the specification for opengl have been slow, uncommunicative abd quite stubborn. they have somewhat refrained from taking radical steps, on the other hand Microsoft had gone h\ahead with radical directx10 and now directx11. that means we have a capable hardware only opengl specification are missing. thats a shame. opengl was once the pinnacle of graphics APi, was much like and industry standard, and now it is just biting dust. tch

186 Comments

Sun

06

Sep

2009

Nokia - open sorce - maemo

N900 - open sorce powered
N900 - open sorce powered

nokia has been crying open source for long time. right from the time when they released their internet tablet , from open sourcing the web browser and announcing that the symbian O/s which they have just purchased will be open sourced.

what so surprising is that even after such announcement , they have just gone ahead and released N900 with maemo which is a Linux operating system. this is big, i mean it! the device is powerful. it has got the most powerful arm processor A8 cortex with opengl es 2.0 support. Ram is measely 256 mb, but wait it can use swap space and thus theoretical available ram jumps to 1GB.

now here is the reason why nokia opted for maemo.

1. its open sorce and its a rage nowadays, with google's amdroid and intels noblim, open sorce seems to be the definitive choice

2. sysmbain code base was/is much harder to modify to meet the todays touch generation. i think this could be a reason why nokia was late with their own touch phones.

3. they needed radical O/s with a powerful hardware to fight with the likes of iphone , htc , samsung etc.

4. a super multi-touch interface with looks that could kill

5. since this an Internet tablet, a full featured browser was needed. with Mozilla gaeko engine and flash support, now you can browse the net as it is meant to be.

6. nokia also wants to enter the netbook market, this way up seems to be a good start

 

so here is the scenario, the N900 and above device will take the top end segment fighting the mighty iphone 3gs, palm pre and android. and maybe upcoming wondows 7 mbile the symbian will take the mid segment. hurray! that means cheaper s60 for me, the low end will be as usual s40. bah!

 

lets hope that nokia gains the losing faith in the smart phone market. oh yeah , they have already entered the netbook segment with the regular wintel combination with Atom. what rubbish.

speaking of nokia+open source, have you ever wondered how they have never supported ogg audio and ogg theora. hmm... shame on nokia.

 

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Sun

06

Sep

2009

Race to directx 11



AMD/ATI has been banging for long and showcasing their silicon for the next gen directx which is preloaded in windows 7. there was lot of cries that nvidia doesn't even have a working silicon yet. ATI's new baby which is expected to be launched is 5800 moniker. this could happen in next couple of month. 

what is so surprising is that nvidia has also announced that they will be launching their own card at around the same time as ATI. they have even showed their hardware tessellation based on their gpu. this is the power of competition. i think the reason they were mum because they must be working hard from ground up so as to counter ATI.

with both the monsters coming out  at a near date, the race to directx 11 seems unimportant. whats now remains to be seen is who will retain the performance crown. it seems since ATI has been doing somewhat hardware tessellation early on, they might have optimize it with dx11, on the other hand nvidia driver are now officially certified by Microsoft for direct compute. so lets sit back and enjoy for a while.

 

directx 11 most awaited features

1. directx compute making GPU available for processing

2. hardware tessellation

 

it seems that we open source people are getting behind, there are advance hardware available, but we still dont have opengl specification to use them. khoronos group : wake up and smell the coffee please

 

 

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Tue

25

Aug

2009

Moblin : the future of O/s

Moblin interface
Moblin interface

ever heard of moblin? its a new distro. hmph! ya ya! there are n numbers of distro popping up now and then. but moblin is diffrenet. just peek at the attached image and you will know.

moblin was a linux o/s sponsored and developed by intel. the motive behind moblin was to create new easy to use oerating system for netbooks with super ease of use.

as you can see, mobin looks are a wave of freshness in the world of os. i started with linux as an experiment to see how a different os looks like. sadly it looked so similar to windows. thats the problm with current pc o/s. all look similar. moblim here breaks the shakles. the interface is mind bogglinly new and beutiful. its awsome. the gui is made using clutter. its sexy as hell. the interface is very simple and easy to use. all the social sites are well integrated. the web browser is called....internet! how simple. oh oh... there is no right click. thats right, this o/s is so simple to use that it doesnt sport a right click. all this reminds me of os similar to mobile phone. of course, the os was designed for netbooks. but perople have tried it on other intel based notebooks. as for now, desktop users and AMD users cant test it. moblin oogles with innovation. with new kernel modswith, root less xserver and everything, i mean every gui is harware accelerated with opengl. moblinn is still in beta but i can claim without a hitch, this is the future of o/s. its going to kill everything out there. go open source

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Tue

25

Aug

2009

What to expect from blender 2.50?

with the frantic development, it seems the next version of blender seems just around the corner. may be i should call it next gen blender.

so what should we expect from it? what will be the new features which will add to the new blender apart from looks and internal rewrite of the codes?

 

here is my list on the features i am longing to see integrated in blender

 

1. render api : i love rendering and doing lots of experiments with external engines. i actually started off with 3dsmax. one of the nicest feature like in all modern animation suite is ability to integrate other render engines. like in 3dmax, the new render engine completely integrates itself with the software. new panels, new material settings etc. appear. blender on other hand uses python script that is shown separately and works from that separate window. render api will allows use of all the blender goodies like node, particle hairs etc with renderer. sadly it seems the render api is getting a bit delayed and may not be available in 2.50 but in later 2.5x

 

2. volumetric : farthary's most anticipated system being developed, the system is almost on the verge of completion and already seems to be porting in the new 2.50. instead of hollow textues, this system will allow the texture to appear more volumetric. the possibilities are endless, like clods, smoke, gas environment and what not.

 

3. photon map : farthary's another ambitious project, integration of photon-map gi with final gather right inside blender. thus u can use particle, nodes and all those blender stuff with GI renders which is not possible with external renderers until render api appears. the development was going at right speed until the recent bump. chances of this integrated in 2.50 seems slim.

 

4. bmesh : my most anticipated feature i would like to see integrated asap. i am crying for a long time for this feature. lack of o\it makes box modeling a difficult resulting in lots of deletion and addition in order to change topology. this feature will make modeling tools on par with other commercial softwares. thus will make it the fastest modeler on earth. i can already beat a maya user and and max user with current version.

 

5. particle : wonder boy jahne is working again on particle system. the guy who brought the initial particle system changes and thus boids, hairs reacter etc appeared. he is now working on new boids, comb able non hair particles and other stuff. i always find in blednerartist that farthary this, farthary that and lot of community help. (two gpus already gifted). i know he is doing good work in a difficult situation, but i think all developer should get such support especially like jahne.

 

6. smoke : oh its already well integrated and working in 2.50 branch. what more do i need to says. its coming with 2.50. just love it.

 

7. bump : so what? blender already supports bump mapping. my dear, this is a new bump mapping system being developed and the may i add, is astounding. very powerful

 

8. freestyle : freestyle is being developed and intergrated for a long time, only recently i have seen it being ported to the new codes or shall i say branch of blender. this hould make those anime/manga cartoons a breeze. its development is a bit patchy, so appearance with 2.50 may not be possible.

 

9. viewport : developed under GSOC, this will help the super lagging viewport of blender handle mesh objects much fatser. so? whats the point? the point is that this will help adding more details to a model and handling more object. best killer benefit will be the ability to sculpt more easily. nothing on front of zbrush, but still some-what-fast-thing is better than slow thing. this is just a blessing for under power gpu user like me. ( i have 6150 integrated gpu. hmph! plz somene donate me a gpu, i wont mind even its old). already almost complete. this will see the light with the new 2.50

 

10. raytrace optimize : i was wondering a long ago, blender was suppose to be animation oriented, hence biasness in each render aspect should have helped it render faster. right? wrong. i have been observing that its raytracer was getting just too slow for animation. even external renders could beat it when direct lighting is used. so here it is. developed again under GSOC. the new BVH accelerator plus other stuff will help in make raytracer fast. i m waiting a stable branch so that i can use it in my upcoming movie.

 

 

and these are just the most anticipated major features by me. there are just lot of stuff going on with blender. all the rewrites, new look, features. wow. its going to be the best looking OSS out there. also blender is now more future ready. how many times have you seen an oss software going under recode process survive? (well actually i have seen a lot). also expect a huge huge... i mean huge learning curve with the new blender. even 2.40 was hard for me to coup up. but the new blender will definitely a force to reckon with. it will definitely shake up the industry.

 

 

 

 

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Wed

12

Aug

2009

Blender 2.5 - Cloning 3dsmax?

Don't get me wrong! I love blender. But I have my reason, there are some development going on in the blender that hints a touch of 3dsmax.

I actually started off with 3ds max 4, but I was forced to use blender (yeah its a long but interesting story, maybe some other time). It was this time when I started appreciating blender. The interface intrigued me, really very different and non standard. No long infinitely scrolling menus, simple material creator, non overlapping interface. So I fell in love with it. (it was not a love at 1st site, so guess I don't believe in love at 1st site).

But things are changing, the menus in version are frustratingly getting long and complicated. I now have to scroll the menus here and there to get to the place. Even splitting the 3d windows is awkward. Ipo is now called f-curve. Why? Because they say it makes it more standard.

Seriously the side pane system like in Maya and max is not easy for my hands and those hidden menus witch actually scroll too. blender 2.50 will have a huge learning curve (call me lame, I even had hard time coping up with development after version 2.40)

although there are just too many positive stuff going around with blender 2.50. its gorgeous looking interface, I think its the best looking foss out there. The future ready interface and so so so many features, internal as well external. Its going to put blender on the map of cg in a big way.

 

But I still feel that blender had its distinct look and feel, which is being sacrificed for standardization. It just feels like blender is loosing its soul. Or is it just me? Maybe I am having hard time accepting changes and moving forward. Whatever....

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Wed

05

Aug

2009

Linux ultimate edition 2.3

So i am downloading ultimate edition released few days back using my gprs connect roughly at the speed of 2.5 to 5 kBps ( i know it sucks). Whats so cool about it. Firstly its based on ubuntu jaunty 9.04 (so what? Big deal) so its as good as it is. Here is the fun part, its an updated jaunty. Here is more, it has got all the codecs and other closed source stuff. Even like java and flash.that doesnt ends there. Its has got 3 desktop environment (yes dear its three) gnome, kde and xfce. Thats why they are yelling its a best of 3 world. But at the speed i am downloading (800 MB completed) i think version 2.4 will be out which will be based on ubuntu 9.10


look wise i think Linux mint takes the cake (drooling now) but with just a CD size distro it doesnt cut the cake for me. Ultimate edition is hefty 2.2 GB. And lots, i mean lots of software for home user. All the features listed are only available in x64 edition. So if you have a 64 bit machine, go for it.

OH BTW Linux mint 7 KDE is available too. Go grab it.


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