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Improving/fixing font rendering on Debian's web browsers

Posted 06-08-2012 at 03:59 PM by the dsc (linux-related notes)

Warning: I don't know the whole story about this (no warranties, you're on your own if you decided to follow these instructions), but after some recent upgrades my Debian install (testing/unstable) had awful font rendering on web browsers (everything nice everywhere else somehow). I like to "force" freesans (which is very somooth and anti-aliased) on almost everything on the web, and it was looking like some pixelated Times New Roman or Courier New.

I went googling for solutions...
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So what game are you going to play first when Steam comes to Linux?

Posted 06-08-2012 at 09:52 AM by Seph64 (Seph64's Lair)

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With all the brouhaha from Phoronix lately about Steam coming to Linux, if and when it does happen, what (Steam) game are you going to play first? Of course, this is assuming there'll be more than 1 game on steam that will be available to be played on Linux come launch.

Well, I am hoping that Valve will allow Doom 3 to be under Steamplay when it concerns the Linux version (although, it may not happen since Steam users didn't get the ability to play the Mac...
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powering down a USB port

Posted 06-08-2012 at 09:25 AM by neonsignal

A USB device can be powered down by setting the power level parameter:
Code:
echo suspend >/sys/bus/usb/devices/usb-device/power/level
However, note that the power suspend is done by the slave device, not by the port. Not all USB devices can be suspended (particularly parasitic ones such as lights that have no communications interface).

The device can be turned back on by setting it to auto mode:
Code:
echo auto >/sys/bus/usb/devices/
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What do you get when you make Mplayer a little better?

Posted 06-08-2012 at 12:39 AM by stretchedthin
Updated 06-08-2012 at 12:40 AM by stretchedthin

The nice thing about open source is that someone can take something that is very good and make it even better. I think Umplayer is a good example of this. Based on Mplayer, the team at Umplayer have found a way to make some of the more advanced features of Mplayer more accessible to the average user.
All software and graphics shown in this video are either GPL version 3 or Creative Commons Attribution 3. Each of which has commercial allowances. Software freedom is what makes this video...
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Introductory Review Fotoxx photo management.

Posted 06-08-2012 at 12:37 AM by stretchedthin
Updated 06-08-2012 at 12:41 AM by stretchedthin

The recent release of Fotoxx 12.05, had me take a look at this for Linux only photo management suite. After having played with it for a number of days, I think you should take a look at it too. You should also have a look at the video's the author kornelix has put up on Youtube for this application as well. Some real highlights for me are the Panorama and HDR stuff. I tried to avoid showing features which could be found elsewere on Youtube. Fotoxx is licensed under the GPL version 3 as such...
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