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Monado now officially OpenXR conformant, gets a SteamVR driver
17 February 2021 at 12:02 pm UTC

Quoting: scaine
Quoting: ArdjeI hope this means I am finally going to be able to use my Oculus DK2.

I think that's the hope, assuming that Monado will support the DK2, then it will then become available as a device through SteamVR?

I need to read up more on Monado, honestly.
I just found this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AdmS3vy7ZE
full positional support in openhmd for the DK2.
And now use openhmd in monado, and then use the steamvr plugin... And then see if HL2 looks better...
Last time I saw HL2 in 3D it was rendered in 720x1280 and then upscaled. Pretty crap and very slow.

Monado now officially OpenXR conformant, gets a SteamVR driver
16 February 2021 at 3:55 pm UTC

I hope this means I am finally going to be able to use my Oculus DK2.

No more games for the Atari VCS but they did just announce Plex support
4 September 2020 at 11:11 am UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: MohandevirI'm just wondering what the AtariOS will be like... From what I understand, it's going to be "hardcoded" (might no be the right expression). Will it be required to boot another OS for any other "features" not included ootb on AtariOS? That wouldn't make it that much "feature rich" for the average Joe.
From the news I got it's a Linux distribution preloaded on the system.
With access to the linux system itself so you can install whatever you want. A bit like steamos.

No more games for the Atari VCS but they did just announce Plex support
31 August 2020 at 11:41 am UTC

Quoting: MohandevirThinking the same, Liam. The concept is cool, but every news that comes out of it is one step closer to DOA. I'm pitying those that backed it and paid for what seems to be an overpriced and under featured experience.

I mean, Anstream? AirConsole? Seriously?

Where is Stadia? Where is Steam Link?

No indies onboard is already bad... Missing on those two is even worse, imo.
You don't need Steam Link, as you can run Steam. They have always said it's a linux box, and running Steam would be possible.
As for Stadia, Stadia needs chrome, so that might be a problem, since Chrome support for linux is bad.
All in all, it's a pretty linux htpc, running an Atari thing, from which you should be able to start Steam, or Kodi, or whatever....
To be clear: it being a native Linux htpc with an AMD is making it a feature rich device already.

Ubuntu needs feedback on some possible major WiFi changes
13 August 2020 at 10:35 am UTC

Quoting: Pikolowpa_supplicant works with EAP, at least for eduroam(the worldwide federated university WiFi network). At least when used through network manager, unless Ubuntu has something hardwired to take care of that edge case
EAP is not an edge case. EAP is important for WPS too. So any wireless network controller that does not support authentication through EAP should not be used.
What I do miss though is WPS-push-button.
WPS is probably the only technique that securely can give any client a random 256 bit password.
<RANT>Okay, now we get tons of people that don't know WPS saying how insecure it is. It is not. There is only one variant of WPS that's insecure and that's the let's print a code on the device. Which goes directly against security. And most access points do not give a client a random 256 bit password, they give a shared password.
So WPS is absolutely more secure than a PSK when combined with openwrt.</RANT>

Anyway: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Iwd#Connect_to_a_network_using_WPS/WSC
it works it seems..

And eap for eduroam: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Iwd#EAP-PWD

My experiences of Valve's VR on Linux
13 August 2020 at 9:53 am UTC

My laptop is good enough according to the specs on the site. I wonder...
(RX580 eGPU and a i7-3610QM clocked at about 60% max in a Thinkpad T430, I game in 4K on this rig, while my steammachine with nvidia (zotac SN970) barely copes with 1080p, thanks Valve for fixing these AMD drivers!).
Because the investment is quite steep for something that might even need an extra 2000 euro investment for a pc that I don't have a place for. The worst part of it all: I have 3 generations of gear-vr, and they all fog up after 5 minutes. (gear vr looks much better than oculus rift dk2 BTW).
How would the index fare on my head? :-(.

Lenovo adding Ubuntu & Red Hat on their entire ThinkStation and ThinkPad P lines
4 June 2020 at 8:54 am UTC

Quoting: scratchiCool, thanks, nice set up! I looked into this and found this one on Amazon that looks pretty decent:
https://www.amazon.ca/XCSOURCE-External-Independent-Expresscard-AC773/dp/B0725B6L99/ref=pd_sbs_23_2/134-6407526-1758555?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0725B6L99&pd_rd_r=9599d36c-c893-4210-b176-5bf92aefc5c7&pd_rd_w=rwL4Z&pd_rd_wg=NzIQW&pf_rd_p=0ec96c83-1800-4e36-8486-44f5573a2612&pf_rd_r=CDEXHCPARVK5A3NYNMQ5&psc=1&refRID=CDEXHCPARVK5A3NYNMQ5
That's exactly what I have. I added the perspex casing so the card would not be lying around. My gdc beast was half the price or so, and with casing the price what you quote using aliexpress, but I think through amazone you get some guarantees.

Quoting: scratchiI don't mind the Nvidia GPU, it's just old Fermi doesn't get new drivers anymore, stuck on legacy 390 drivers (no vulkan support). It's just old, that's all.
Anyway, the T530 is so big and heavy I'm not going to be moving it anywhere, so adding an external GPU to it seems sensible, if not just for the experiment factor alone :) Thanks for the idea and info!
<big rant>
I do mind the nvidia: nouveau is crap. The proprietary drivers are crap and do not work together with PRIME. Also the proprietary drivers do not accept output from the intel gpu being routed to the output to the nvidia, you need active bitblitting of the intel workspace to the nvidia framebuffer. That's because it's proprietary. Not because it is not possible. So from a working displayport on intel only it went to a defunct displayport when I got the replacement laptop. I hope in the future nouveau will reach a state that's comparable to the current state of r600.
To be clear: I think just enabling optimus in the bios just starts eating away 15W. It's not doing anything. If I could, I would desolder the GPU. The intel driver is so much better than the proprietary nvidia driver.
The only time I willingly bought nvidia again after my first encounters with them, was for the steam machine. I wanted to support the idea. But the current state is crap.
For pc's I will only buy intel or amd as gpu. I don't have the time to support crap drivers.
</big rant>

One thing though: the express card will give you a PCIe2 1x bus. So that's 1/32th of the full speed of PCIe (500MB/s instead of 15.6GB/s). I was able to display 4k@30Hz that last version of tombraider to someone as a demo without to much stutter. Unplayable of course, it's a tad too heavy.
GTA IV and GTA V works well.
AMD GPU drivers have a kind of pci statistics, and it shows that the bus during playing usually is not saturated.
The usual way how PCIe3x16 is that it works in PCIe2 mode, and only when needed it switches to PCIe3 mode.
Although I have no system anymore to test it. You can find all this information in the /sys filesystem. I don't think nvidia has pcie statistics though. So except of what the pcie bridge tells you (lanes and speed), you know nothing. Only certain intel server bridges have traffic counters.

Lenovo adding Ubuntu & Red Hat on their entire ThinkStation and ThinkPad P lines
3 June 2020 at 3:44 pm UTC

Quoting: scratchi
Quoting: ArdjeNice... I have a refurbished thinkpad T430 from a second hand store... It feels like the best PC linux system I've ever had at home, except for the supermicro's.
Everything works. Except of course that nvidia crap.
Added an eGPU using express card. RX580. The system feels a lot faster than my zotac sn970.

Dude, this sounds fun! Which express card do you have? Can you send a pic of what this looks like?

I have a T530 with Nvidia NVS5400. It works fine in FreeBSD, but it's not a whole lot better performance than Intel IGP. Just upgraded ram to 16GB and an RX580 would make really make it complete :)
https://photos.app.goo.gl/FzwqyjZwn4S3JB2Z9
It's a bit messy since I use a lot of tissues (for my nose!), and I am reworking some led lighting.
I had 2 weeks to make that DDJ-SX3 work on linux: make it work, or send it back under consumer law. That screen is a 4k 40" screen.
I've divided my laptop in 2 seats: the DJ console and my (new) desktop. My other desktop is an exynos 5422. I don't really like PC's, because there is a lot of things wrong in the design due to legacy. And an arm is cheaper and doesn't need a fan. And mmc drivers on PC's are always crap, especially on a GPD WIN(2). But not on this T430.

The biggest crap is the Nvidia, the same as in your system. I had to return my pure intel T430 for repairs, and I got back a T430 with a better screen, but also with that nvidia. Really... The intel has better support, and still gets TLC. The best thing to do with the Nvidia is to turn it off in the bios. When I turn it on, but actually of using prime, it still uses more power, and the fans run higher than normal.

Also the replacement got a different CPU, a high end i7 with a tdp of 45W, but by limiting the CPU to 60% it was fast and usable.

The Linux market share still appears to be rising
3 June 2020 at 10:11 am UTC

Back around 2000-2005 we had several companies (Like Stichting Internet Reclame) in the Netherlands that denied the existence of people using Linux and firefox. None of their metrics showed the existence of these visitors.
They failed to mention that the way they measured was by installing snooping software on the windows systems of the volunteers. The bogus results of Stichting Internet Reclame and other companies destroyed the self hosting of advertisement servers and software, because they showed different results. This eventually has lead in the Netherlands to the intrusive ad networks we see today. Mass spread of virusses thanks to these
As a matter of fact: I am battling one right now, as a client even, because just serving a pixel to give feedback the ad has worked, actually redirects them to parties I've never heart of.
The original was a javascript that they called pixel. It basically downloads other javascripts from unknown sites, and runs that. On a simple GDPR compliant page, the page went to 60% marketing network and gross violation of GDPR, and to have an add run on their network is very expensive.
How did I get here ranting like that?
Oh yeah: I don't trust stats like that.
I never did. But at least you can twist the stats of NetmarketShare to something that supports what I want to see:
https://tinyurl.com/tv-operating-systems
There are apparently only 2 operating systems for TV's: Gnu/Linux and Linux/Android.

Lenovo adding Ubuntu & Red Hat on their entire ThinkStation and ThinkPad P lines
2 June 2020 at 8:06 pm UTC

Nice... I have a refurbished thinkpad T430 from a second hand store... It feels like the best PC linux system I've ever had at home, except for the supermicro's.
Everything works. Except of course that nvidia crap.
Added an eGPU using express card. RX580. The system feels a lot faster than my zotac sn970.

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