Archive for mei, 2009

Blender 2.49 is released

mei 31, 2009

has released a new version of thier 3D-Rendering-Software.

In this release are many new Features. The game-engine is now supporting more Video-texture-streams, which can be made up of video,- channels, pictures or a combination of them. The engine is also optimized so that games will run three times faster.

Bugs in this version:

  • AO render gives wrong pixels on first sample it takes in a tile
  • GE: Anisotropic friction with zero values caused objecs to jump to infinity
  • GE: Materials using Object texture coordinates caused crash
  • The .deb Linux builds didn’t include FFMPG

You can download Blender for free, and is available for the following systems:

Enjoy Blender.


It’s here… Moblin v2.0 beta for Netbooks and Nettops

mei 29, 2009

The Moblin steering committee has released the Moblin v2.0 beta for Netbooks and Nettops for developer testing. With this release, developers can begin to experience and work with the source code of the visually rich, interactive user interface designed for Intel Atom based Netbooks. The Moblin v2.0 user experience has been designed from the ground up to provide unique ways to engage with the internet, aggregate your social networking activity, and enjoy your media content. The new user experience and core applications were developed using the Clutter animation framework, leveraging heavily from GL and the physics engine.

Moblin v2.0 Beta Feature Summary

  • New, visually rich user experience, optimized for Netbook and Nettops, building on the latest open source graphics technology, such as Clutter, DRI2, and KMS. The user experience is provided mainly through the toolbar and panels, available at the top of the screen.
  • The m_zone, acting as the ‘home screen’ panel. It provides instant access to your synchronized calendar, tasks, appointments, recently used files, and real-time updates from your friends on social networking sites.
  • Aggregation of your social networking content. This provides you with the ability to see your social networking activities on one screen, easily interact with your friends, and update your status and site information. Twitter and are the currently supported social networking sites, with more to come.
  • A web browser optimized for the Moblin 2.0 Netbook user interface. Based on the latest Mozilla browser technology revised into a Clutter shell, the browser gives you access to the whole internet, as well as advanced features, such as video embedding and the latest Flash plug-in, while integrating seamlessly into the user interface.
  • A ‘Zoomable’ media player. This player brings your media collection to life as you zoom from viewing all media down to focusing on an individual picture, movie, or audio track. The media player can detect and index media on external USB devices, as well as UPnP devices on your network.
  • A user interface for connection management and an updated connection manager (ConnMan).
  • And, of course, support for Linux desktop applications. Moblin is built using GNOME Mobile Technologies and supports existing Linux desktop applications.

You can watch thier video here:

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Source: Moblin

Desktop-Benchmark of LiSoG is coming in Juni

mei 29, 2009

The Linux Solution Group e.V. has announced an Open Source Desktop benchmark.

This has a business need, cause : Computer benchmarks are used to describe the performance of computer systems. They provide a possibility to compare computer systems with each other!! The Business need is caused by a EU council directive. This directive aspires to ensure equal opportunities for small and medium enterprises concerning tenders of applications within public organizations.The referred Edict can be found at EU – council directive.


  • The legal requirements for the procurement in local authorities are met with a benchmark.
  • A specification for an Open Source based benchmark suite for desktop systems will be created.

The projects target group

  • Organisations and companies that have to invite tenders for office systems in regard of product neutrality
  • Organisations and companies that medium-term want to use a benchmark running on Linux as reference
  • hardware vendors for office systems and Linux distributors

You can read the whole document at LiSoG website.

A proxmox cluster

mei 29, 2009

For the dutch reading humans I have translated the proxmox how to make a cluster section which you can find on my site.

You can now see how easy it is to setup a proxmox cluster and then mirgrate your virtual machines from node to node ūüėČ

Space shuttle transport!

mei 25, 2009

After the return of space shuttle Atlantis, it has to be transported back to Kennedy Space Center in Florida! This will be done with a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft or SCA, which are essentially two heavily modified Boeing 747 airliners – one being a 747-100 and the other is a shorter range 747-100SR. The Space Shuttle is attached to the top of the SCA using Mate-Demate Devices, which are large structures used to hoist the orbiter from the ground.

During early tests of using SCA as a transport vehicle for the Shuttle, the Shuttle was released from the SCA during a flight at over 30,000 feet and the Shuttle was able to glide down for a successful landing on its own without any engines powered.

The SCA has a maximum takeoff weight of 710,000 lbs, has a length of 231 feet and a wingspan of 195 feet.

In about a week the Shuttle will have returned to Florida where it will be prepared for its next mission, the STS-129. The STS-129 shuttle mission is scheduled for November of 2009 and will be used to deliver components including two spare gyroscopes, two nitrogen tank assemblies, two pump modules, an ammonia tank assembly and a spare latching end effector for the station’s robotic arm to the International Space Station.

The next Space Shuttle flight, mission STS-127, is scheduled currently for June 13th 2009 for a 7:17AM launch time – weather permitting. The mission will deliver Timothy L. Kopra to the station as a flight engineer and science officer and return Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata to Earth. Hurley, Cassidy, Marshburn and Kopra will be making their first trips to space. The Endeavor Shuttle will also deliver the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility and Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section to the International Space Station.

The facility will provide a type of “front porch” for experiments in the exposed environment, and a robotic arm that will be attached to the Kibo Pressurized Module and used to position experiments outside the station. The mission will include five spacewalks.

Source: techfragments

explore new ways to extend & personalize your Firefox

mei 24, 2009

Mozilla is going to extend firefox with a new add-on feature. This feature makes it possible to install add-ons without have to restart your firefox browser.

Mozilla want with Jetpack to add a new Add-ons-Plattform and hope to increase the number of  the Add-ons-developers. The first version of  Jetpack (0.1) is capable of:

  • Initial Jetpack APIs with support for statusbars, tabs, content-scripts, animations, and more.
  • Support for external API libraries (e.g. Twitter)
  • jQuery support
  • Integrated development environment with Bespin, with immediate installs and a fast development cycle
  • Inline debugging with Firebug
  • This initial release of the Jetpack API does not include a fully formed security model. It is being released for testing, development, and feedback.

The Jetpack-Initial version is just for testing, developers and to gain feedback.  To make it easy to get some work done with Jetpack the developers have made a Tutorial and some Demos . Jetpack can be downloaded here.

Source: Mozilla Labs

Proxmox an update!

mei 23, 2009

Due to my interest in virtualisation technologies I like to try things. And as mentioned before I think proxmox will be my choice of virtualisation technology at home.

Why? because it is free, it works!!


Today I have converted my Free Citrix Xenserver to proxmox, this due to an error on the xenserver with a vm, and second because I needed a second KVM compatible machine.

I also did a migration from the master node to the newly node from a windows xp machine.  And it went smoothly. I am still very impressed by it. But I like it very much.

So you also want a cluster with proxmox? Here is how to do it:

On the machine which should be come the master node you type:

  • pveca -c

On the machine which should be come a node within the cluster you type:

  • pveca -a -h <ip address of the master node> ¬† ¬†e.g.:


And your cluster is done… yes that simple, of course the nodes are going to synchronize with each other.

After this you can do a live migration or a migration to the other node. Good luck and keep me posted how it went.



Proxmox live migration tested! And it….

mei 20, 2009

An update:

I have installed Proxmox on two different type of machines, the configuration is:

  1. AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+ with 4GB of Ram
  2. (Intel Atom)  Genuine Intel(R) CPU  230   @ 1.60GHz  with 2GB of Ram
  3. network = 100Mbit

With this configuration I have migrated a debian OpenVz  virtual machine from the AMD to the Intel Atom machine. And I can report to you it really works nicely. Also migrating the virtual machine back from the Intel Atom to the AMD X2 with online migration is working very nicely.

I am very impressed and this offers possibilities. I go so far that it will become my virtual enviroment of choice, but this after a test with migrating a KVM virtual machine back and forward, this ofcourse can’t be done with my current configuration, so I have to do an installation of proxmox on another machine with virtualisation technology inside it and this supported in the BIOS!¬† I will post my results here.


Slackware goes 64 bit

mei 20, 2009

When the new release of Slackware 13 hits the market we finally can install a 64 bit version of it. The announcement was made on the website of slackware. The official x86_64 port is being maintained in-sync with the regular x86 -current branch.

Source: Slackware

Xen 3.4 is released

mei 19, 2009

The Xen developers  have released version 3.4 of thier  virtualisation technology.

This version  3.4.0 of the paravirtualisation Xen contains the first version of the Xen Client Initiative (XCI) code. XCI should be a basic-client-hypervisor, which can be enhanced and extended by the Open-Source community. Xen hopes that this will bring the system to other hardwareplatforms.

New features of Xen 3.4 are:

  • stability is improved;
  • System errors should be given and being isolated, which should help Xen to just run on.;
  • Xen is made greener (powersaving).

Xen 3.4.0 can be downloaded as source code here.

Source: Pro-Linux (in German)