NVIDIA 169.04 Driver Brings Improvements

Phoronix reports that NVIDIA’s 169.04 driver brings out a lot of improvements over its predecessor. This X.Org driver contained a number of GeForce 8 fixes, initial support for the GeForce 8800GT graphics card, monitoring of PowerMizer state information, and other changes.  What Phoronix had not tested, however, at that time was a performance comparison of…

ATI Open vs. Closed-Source AIGLX Performance

For those that may have missed it, the ATI/AMD fglrx 8.42 display driver that was released last month had introduced AIGLX support. The open-source “Radeon” driver for ATI graphics cards going up to the R400 generation has supported AIGLX for quite some time, but the ATI binary display driver hadn’t until last month. However, one…

Ubuntu 7.10 Supports Install-Time Encryption

    If you have wanted to encrypt your Ubuntu installation on your hard drive quickly and easily, with Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon” it’s become even easier now that the alternate installer supports encrypting partitions. However, the Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon” Ubiquity installer currently lacks LVM and dm-crypt support. The Ubuntu Wiki states: “Both the…

10 Rocking Feauteres in 10 Days: Countdown to Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon – Deskbar & Tracker

Corey Burger writes in The Fridge: As we close in on the release of Ubuntu 7.10, codenamed Gutsy Gibbon during the development cycle, we thought we would tell you a little bit about some of the new features and improvements that make the release exciting. So over the next ten days, we will talk about…