Friday, July 27, 2007

Beryl with Feisty & Nvidia

I'd like to point out that there's no logical reason to use Beryl as your default window manager - except for fun and eye candy! As Ubuntu Feisty makes the task of installing Beryl very easy, I'd wanted to give it a try. So, what do we need to do?

The following is intended for Nvidia based graphic boards with GeForce XXXX chip. If you have a different graphic chip you need to install the specific drivers for your video device. It is important that those drivers support 3D acceleration.

My video card is a Gainward BLISS with GeForce 7600GT chip, so I can use the latest Nvidia driver that comes with Feisty. You may choose between Nvidia driver version 1.0-9755, 1.0-9631 and 1.0-7184. Please see this Nvidia page to check which driver version supports your video card. You'll need at least one of the 1.0-9xxx driver versions for use with Beryl.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Pidgin for Ubuntu Feisty

Ubuntu Feisty comes with a beta of Gaim 2 and I as tried to compile "MusicTracker" plugin for Pidgin (formerly Gaim) I ran into errors complainig that Pidgin was not installed. I don't know if there would have been a way of forcing the plugin to compile with Gaim sources, so I went for installing Pidgin.

As we're going to install Pidgin from source, we need to install all development files required to compile Pidgin first (which are the same files as would be needed for Gaim). This is done very easily with:
sudo apt-get build-dep gaim

This will install a bunch of dev packages. Also make sure the package "build-essential" is installed! Now get the Pidgin source from here (by the time of writing it's version 2.02) and unpack it somewhere in a temporary directory. The rest is standard procedure: