Nov
10
2009
0

ATI 4870 + Fedora 10 + 9.10 Catalyst drivers = World of Warcraft on Linux!!!!

Just an update to my previous article, ripping ATI for their lame Linux support – I finally got World of Warcraft working on Fedora 10, ATI 4870 graphics card, Catalyst 9.10 drivers!  All it took was down grading from Fedora 11 to Fedora 10, turning off my open GL desktop and waiting 6 months for four driver releases from ATI.  That’s all it took to run a game that works great on Linux… if you bought an NVIDIA card!

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Aug
24
2009
2

Get rid of that ‘default keyring’ password bullshit when you login to GNOME

I haven’t gone on a good ol’ fashioned rant in a long time.  And you know what?  This one has been in the making for a while.  I’m not holding back… here I go…

Policykit sucks!!!  What’s with this excessive password crap?  By default for GNOME in Fedora 10/11 you have to use a password for everything!  You need a password to login to GNOME, then once inside GNOME your password will be required to unlock network-manager.  That doesn’t seem so bad…  I’ve only entered the same password three times(including the Linux login).

So I have access to the web and I’m happy for the moment until I decide to attach my USB thumb drive to copy some files for my neighbor…  …and guess what?  I need a password to mount my USB thumb drive.  So I decide to watch a TV show I have on a DVD-R.   By default mounting a DVD requires my password.

Installing programs from the ‘Add/Remove Software’ requires your regular keyring password to launch the app and the root password to install the actual software.  Now am I wrong in concluding this is a totally retarded way to handle desktop security?  Typing in the same password eight times in thirty minutes?  This is why 7 year old Windows XP is still a contender.  Even though Open Source GNU Linux is technically superior and far more secure.

Seven times GNOME keyring asked for a password.  That’s as bad as Vista.  No, it’s even worse.  Nobody loves Vista.  In fairness however, Microsoft’s Vista doesn’t require a password to attach a common USB pen drive.  Even using an SSH connection from the console requires keyring to intervene with GNOME!

Luckily, you can install ‘pam_keyring’ with yum.  This will use your Linux login for the default keyring at login, but you have to access the keyring-manager to adjust the rest.  Huge hassle.  It’s annoying shit like this that keeps the average bear off Desktop Linux.  My Mom is a smart woman, but she would never figure this out, and so she will continue to run Windows XP indefintely.

Pick through the options and see if you can find where to grant access to mount a DVD. This is not security, it's insanity.

May
24
2009
2

Tweaking Linux and WINE for World of Warcraft

It’s great that the World of Warcraft runs well on recent editions of WINE(Unbuntu/Fedora), but even when using OpenGL the typical Linux user can expect a frame rate reduction from 15%-30% over Windows XP.  However, I must point out that there are many reports of frame rate drops in Windows Vista and Presumably Windows 7(because of virtualization of XP apps).

All this is okay for typical grinding, leveling, and five man instances.  That said,  my GeForce 7950 GTX is only cranking out 30 FPS in low populated zones…  So for the bigger raids, PVP, and highly populated zones like Dalaran it can be frustrating trying to pwn at 12-16 FPS.  In fact my mission is to get at least 40 fps with the graphics card I have.

I was able to improve my frame rate by disabling mods like ‘Questhelper’ in battle grounds.  I added additional RAM to my system.  Although the frame rate boost was negligible; loading times were cut in half. (more…)

Mar
10
2009
4

Woot!!! World of Warcraft works w/ WINE on Fedora 10, Wine 1.1.14

Excuse me WORLD, but I though everyone should know that the World of Warcraft is finally working on my Fedora 10 system.  Good frames, hardly any glich’s.  Wrath of the Lich King and the other zones load without error.

The goals of this post:

– show the world it is possible to play WoW on Linux

– new reason to stop wasting an entire computer on Windows XP

– reasons why Wine is like 3 years too late and no one should care

– LAB: install WINE and World of Warcraft

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Jan
21
2009
2

Windows 7 Beta running on Fedora 10 KVM

I was interested to know if the Windows 7 Beta was bootable in Fedora 10 w/ KVM/libvirt setup.  I was surprised that it was a fairly quick and flawless install.  In fact I was happy to finally see a Microsoft product worth getting excited for.

Installing Windows 7

The install was painless with no driver errors, crashes and just one reboot.  Woot.  Installs faster on Linux hypervisor than an ordinary machine!  Or at least it seemed like it.

Ugly default desktop with KDE 4.0 like widgets

So far my overall assesment is that the interface seems to be getting steadily worse since Windows XP, but performence wise it seems waaaaaay faster than Vista.  Also let me point out you can change the Desktop Theme to something that looks XP’ish.

It installed quickly and easily, detected all my drivers and seems to be faster on a limited resources VM then on my Intel 2.6 GHZ Vista system.  We’ll see as I use it further…

My fear is that I’m getting some stripped down Beta that is really fast but gets slower as we get closer to release.  If any of you have experiences you wish to share about Windows 7 and VM’s send me a post!

-Matt

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