Archive for September, 2006

Compiz & aiglx in unstable. Woohoo !

Thanks to David Nusinow, Thierry Reding, Kristian Høgsberg and Michel Dänzer to have made this possible.

It’s really nice looking, but damn, this is soooooooooooooo slooooooooooow. I already tweaked my X configuration, so that GL applications would be fluid, and they are, but compiz is so much slower than all the rest of the GL applications that I really wonder what’s going on. Is it so much more difficult to display 3 windows than to display the full earth with plenty of textures ?

As a bonus, for an unknown reason, it cuts the nautilus desktop window at a width of 1024 instead of 1280., which makes the right of the screen a warp zone…

(For the record, I have a Radeon Mobility 9200 with the drivers ; I should try with the proprietary ones)

Update : The slowness might be related to this message:
libGL warning: 3D driver claims to not support visual 0x4b

Update 2 : According to this comment from Michel Dänzer, the above message is only cosmetic.
I solved my slowness problem ! I just needed to switch back to XAA instead of EXA as an acceleration method (Option “AccelMethod”). There still remains the geometry problem… even fullscreened windows are limited to a width of 1024, though the gnome panel is correctly at the right-most of the screen (I use a vertical panel on the right of the screen).
There is also a cosmetic problem when switching from “normal” use to GL use (like cube rotation, window moving with wobbly, etc.): the window contents are kind of blured, but there’s nothing we can do about that, except have the windows blured in the same way in the first place.
Ah, and scrolling in windows is more sluggish, now.

Update 3 : After some tracing of compiz, and some reading of the source code, it appears that the width limit problem is indeed due, as suggested by Hez in the comments, to GL_MAX_TEXTURE_SIZE being 1024 (you can display it with glxinfo -l | grep GL_MAX_TEXTURE_SIZE). I wonder if, as suggested by erich, there is really an environment variable to change that…

2006-09-30 09:04:02+0100

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I’m back from Japan. Time went too fast… Met a lot of people we hadn’t seen for a while, had a great time. Only problem is that I’m totally jetlagged. Woke up at 3am this morning, and decided to actually do something after trying to sleep some more for an hour.

The downside of holidays is the 4000+ mails (excluding spam) that got in my mailbox. I’ve already gone through most of the new bug reports and have been able to vote for the last GR that was issued while I was away.

One of the most annoying problem that was raised during my vacation is this Firefox trademark issue. We’ve been avoiding to change the package name for a while. We got agreements to use the Firefox name when we had to drop the “Mozilla” part of “Mozilla Firefox”, and now it seems they (again) changed their mind.

I really think we should go with the iceweasel name because this name is already widespread as the “debian may rename firefox this way” name. It is even in wikipedia.

On other news, we bought a MacBook and a Nikon Coolpix S6 for Miki, and a (already broken) PSP as well as some books for me. I’ll write more on these in coming posts.

2006-09-21 05:16:40+0100

firefox, me | Comments Off on ただいま!


I’m leaving for Japan in a few hours.

I have been careful not to leave too much mess in my packages for this vacation period, so all should be running just fine until I come back.

Closing all comments and trackbacks to avoid spam.

2006-09-03 13:57:22+0100

me, p.d.o | Comments Off on 日本に行ってきます

Firefox 2.0b2 in experimental

Yesterday, I uploaded Firefox 2.0b2 in experimental. Please give it a try and checkout if some of the bugs in firefox are fixed by this new release. Same kind of help welcome with the version in unstable. When the bug count is more than 200, it gets painful to do bug triage, so any help on that matter will be very much appreciated by Eric and I.

In other news, work has started on seamonkey. Unfortunately, I’ll be away for a little while, so I’ll have to leave quite an amount of the work to Alexander Sack, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be able to handle it. Anyways, we hope to be able to work out a full featured package for etch so that people using mozilla on sarge will get a correct upgrade path.

I also uploaded yesterday a new xulrunner release that (finally) provides some of the NSS tools, so that administrators can handle keys/certificates databases for mozilla products. It is still in NEW, but should reach unstable soonish (let’s just hope the ftp-masters won’t reject the new package).

2006-09-02 12:27:07+0100

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