I’m a sucker for bleeding edge technology. After posting before about upgrading to the 8.42.3 ati drivers, I realized I was using Xorg-X11 7.2, not 7.3, which is the latest. The latest 7.3 ebuild contains a block on the ati drivers. The block is no longer necessary though because the 8.42.3 drivers are compatible and have xorg-server 1.4 support built in.
Here is what I did to upgrade. Continue reading “Upgrading to Xorg-X11 7.3 with ati-drivers 8.42.3 on Gentoo”
One of the 1st things I noticed after upgrading to AIGLX with the new ATI drivers was that window resizing was incredibly slow. A quick search on Google yielded a LOT of results for the same problem. The first thing I noticed however, was that they were OLD forum threads. They did mention however, that when resizing a window, the window would be repainted to video memory each step of the way, and that the application would still repaint the window when you were done.
I decided to go look at the settings for the resize plugin with the Settings Manager instead. I found there are different modes for rendering the resize. My plugin was set to the “Normal” mode. I’m not sure if the normal mode has anything to do with the repeatedly re-render problem people had in the past, but I decided to try out some of the other modes. To my pleasant surprise, every other mode of resizing the window is quick and efficient. You can even choose the mode that visually suites you the best.
Renders a rectangle that represents the new size of the window while resizing. The window is resized after you stop dragging. While resizing, the window is still visible in the background at the original size.
Same as the rectangle mode but there is an outline instead of a filled rectangle.
This one is my personal favorite. The window is stretched to the size of the dragging rectangle and doesn’t actually repaint until you are finished dragging.
Update: As of the last couple days (11/18/07), an ebuild has been added to portage for these drivers. It’s no longer necessary to create your own.
So the Long Anticipated ATI drivers that support AIGLX are released. I’ve been wishing for this long before anyone ever mentioned it was a possibility. I’ve got my Gentoo machine all set up with the new drivers and working with Compiz-Fusion. Here is the process I used to convert from Xgl and the 8.40.4 driver to the 8.42.3 driver with AIGLX.
Continue reading “AIGLX, Compiz-Fusion, Gentoo, and my ATI Radeon 9600 Card with 8.42.3”
If you run Gentoo Linux for your desktop, and you happen to favor the Gnome desktop environment, you may have noticed the incredible number of packages that need to be installed in order to install the gnome ebuild. The ability to pick and choose just those components you need for a system is one of the reasons I personally haven’t switched away from Gentoo to another Linux distribution. This ebuild however, seems to me to go somewhat against the original intent of the OS.
Continue reading “The perennially late Gentoo gnome-light ebuilds”