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October 17, 2007

Video: Compiz-Fusion — first impressions

Filed under: Blog — krkhan @ 3:37 pm

“We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.” — Khalil Gibran

Link Playable by Resolution Size
Compiz-Fusion.mp4 iPod, QuickTime, MPlayer, VLC Media Player 320×240 1.19 MB
Compiz-Fusion.mpg Windows Media Player, MPlayer, VLC Media Player 352×288 10.21 MB
Compiz-Fusion.ogg MPlayer, VLC Media Player 1280×960 28.35 MB
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Setup
Distribution Linux From Scratch
Desktop Environment Xfce
Window Manager Compiz-Fusion
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April 29, 2007

Video: Windows 95, 98, 2000 and XP simultaneously running virtualized on Linux

Filed under: Blog — krkhan @ 2:04 am

The idea of visualizing the history of Microsoft on four sides of a desktop cube does sound enthralling no matter how much you despise the company’s products. That’s precisely the reason why I spent a whole night trying to configure four different operating systems to run virtualized on QEMU/KVM with networking and multimedia capabilities. The results look good, especially when you have a compositing window manager to extrapolate their effects.

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Video screenshots

Hardware Information

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo 6300 @ 1.86GHz
Motherboard Intel DG965RY
RAM 512 MB

Software Information

Host Operating System Linux From Scratch
Host Kernel Linux 2.6.21
Host Virtualization Setup QEMU 0.9.0/KVM-20
Desktop Environment Beryl 0.2.0/Xfce 4.4.1

Note: Windows 98 and 95 don’t like KVM at all, so I had to run their respective virtual machines with the -no-kvm switch.

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April 7, 2007

Video: Beryl with MPlayer

Filed under: Blog — krkhan @ 10:28 pm

Here’s my first attempt at podcasting a video of the kick-ass hardware accelerated window manager:

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Beryl’s own capture plugin was painfully slow, so I had to capture the video with my Nokia N72. The clip lasts for about a minute, but shows plenty of effects to achieve the ‘wow’ factor (most notably, the toying with the x11 output of MPlayer video).

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March 18, 2007

Virtualization progress

Filed under: Blog — krkhan @ 11:36 am

While lurking in the IRC chatroom for KVM, I asked people about the problem that had been bothering me for weeks i.e. invisible mouse pointer in QEMU. Quite patiently, I waited for an answer and bingo! A user with the nickname ‘dignome’ found the solution in the first shot: run QEMU with SDL_VIDEO_X11_DGAMOUSE environment variable set to 0. The mouse pointer finally started appearing in the emulator by doing that, and after assigning another hundred megabytes of memory, my new virtual machine was shining and ready for some practical usage. (more…)

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March 17, 2007

Beryl 0.2.0 released

Filed under: Blog — krkhan @ 9:36 pm

A new version version has been released for everyone’s favorite hardware accelerated window manager. New features include window thumbnail generation in the taskbar, an opacify plugin (making all other windows transparent while mouse is hovering above one) and a rewritten (relatively) more user-friendly settings manager. (more…)

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February 1, 2007

Beryl/AIGLX white cube issue

Filed under: Blog — krkhan @ 8:41 pm

Anyone who has ever tried to run Beryl using AIGLX must’ve heard about the infamous white cube issue. (more…)

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January 30, 2007

Comparison: Windows Vista vs. Linux

Filed under: Blog — krkhan @ 9:02 pm

It’s finally here, and everyone is talking about it. Microsoft’s new operating system promises a revolution in computing, and a safer experience for its users. (more…)

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Xfce 4.4 released

Filed under: Blog — krkhan @ 4:07 am

Xfce is a light-weight desktop environment which, in my opinion, balances the resources vs. features graph in the best possible way. (more…)

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