Friday, May 22, 2009

How to Install Sopcast Player Linux

Seems google codes are creating lot of new things for linux. A new addition to this is the sopcast player.

So, here is the easy step to install sopcast player.

1. Head down to this site.
2. Click on downloads.
3. Select the package rpm or deb or simple .gz file.
4. Install it and enjoy...

If you are getting error related to library file just put a comment and will tell you which one to install.

Now just start it and enjoi the world of sopcast.

It is heartening to see so many apps now coming for linux.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

At last desktop effects on my asus m51ta-x2... yoo... hoo....

Seems the latest git for ati open source driver has the dri (direct rendering infrastructure) working. So, after installing the drivers from the source I was able to enabled desktop effects in my kde4. Yup sweetness of success atlast... so here are the steps to enable it...

Open your favorite command line too (konsole, terminal, xterm etc)

sudo apt-get install build-essential autoconf automake libtool pkg-config git-core

sudo apt-get install libdrm-dev x11proto-gl-dev mesa-common-dev xutils-dev x11proto-xf86dri-dev x11proto-fonts-dev x11proto-randr-dev x11proto-video-dev x11proto-xext-dev x11proto-xinerama-dev x11proto-render-dev xserver-xorg-dev

git clone git://

cd xf86-video-ati

./ --prefix=/usr --enable-dri


sudo make install

Now reboot your computer. I thought restarting kdm should have worked, but it seems the driver files are not getting loaded.

Open your system settings and go to desktop effects. Click enable, but before you press apply go to advanced and change the rendering to xrenderer. Now click apply and there you go.. linux eye kandy the way you want :-D....

some changes are done from the steps given here. All credit goes to the post in the link and to open source ati developers... hats off to you guys...