Xubuntu Intrepid (8.10) Released

Xubuntu Intrepid
Xubuntu Intrepid

The Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (8.10) release came today, and with it came Xubuntu 8.10! I like Xubuntu because of how light it is, which is the Xubuntu development team’s mission statement:

The goal of Xubuntu is to produce an easy to use distribution, based on Ubuntu, using Xfce as the graphical desktop, with a focus on integration, usability and performance, with a particular focus on low memory footprint. The integration in Xubuntu is at a configuration level, a toolkit level, and matching the underlying technology beneath the desktop in Ubuntu. Xubuntu will be built and developed as part of the wider Ubuntu community, based around the ideals and values of Ubuntu.

I just upgraded my laptop to the 8.10 release and will be upgrading my desktop when I am done with this post. To anyone with an older computer that wants to run a Debian-based Linux distro, I recommend giving Xubuntu a shot. I run it on my laptop and desktop which are definately not old or slow computers, but I dislike bloated software that takes a while to run and I do a lot of gaming so I like keeping my computer’s resources free for that and multi-tasking.

~ Tinny

PunkBuster Kicks for Mumble Overlay

I recently upgraded from Mumble version 1.1.5 to 1.1.6, started up Quake III Arena, and got kicked from a server running PunkBuster with the reason of “Violation (VIDEO DRIVER HACK) #90003.” I am on my new box that I won at QuakeCon, so I assumed it was an issue with the ATI Display Driver. I downloaded the latest ATI Display Driver, and then realized that it was the same version I already have installed. For the first time I have encountered a video issue on a computer that has an ATI chipset where the issue doesn’t have to do with lousy drivers! It turns out that Mumble’s overlay feature was triggering the kick. I can use Steam‘s overlay ingame, but I can’t use Mumble’s? Epic fail PunkBuster, epic fail.

I encourage anyone who encounters the same issue to file a support ticket with Even Balance and push for a fix to this annoying issue.

Here’s some of my console output from the issue:

TinMan PunkBuster kicked player ‘TinMan’ (for 0 minutes) …
Violation (VIDEO DRIVER HACK) #90003

RE_Shutdown( 0 )
Hunk_Clear: reset the hunk ok
—– R_Init —–
Trying SMP acceleration…
…succeeded.

GL_VENDOR: ATI Technologies Inc.
GL_RENDERER: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
GL_VERSION: 2.1.7769 Release
GL_EXTENSIONS: GL_ARB_multitexture GL_EXT_texture_env_add
GL_EXT_compiled_vertex_array GL_S3_s3tc
GL_MAX_TEXTURE_SIZE: 8192
GL_MAX_ACTIVE_TEXTURES_ARB: 8

PIXELFORMAT: color(32-bits) Z(24-bit) stencil(8-bits)
MODE: 8, 1280 x 1024 fullscreen hz:60
GAMMA: hardware w/ 0 overbright bits
CPU: AMD w/ 3DNow!
rendering primitives: single glDrawElements
texturemode: GL_LINEAR_MIPMAP_NEAREST
picmip: 0
texture bits: 16
multitexture: enabled
compiled vertex arrays: enabled
texenv add: enabled
compressed textures: disabled
HACK: using vertex lightmap approximation
Using dual processor acceleration
Initializing Shaders

In other news, I am registered to vote ;D