Fudcon, day 2

Second day of Fudcon is now over. It was a really productive day for me, having get many media from Clint, some more swags from Ben and two Fedora vertical banners from Ben and Larry! I hope everything will fit my luggage so I can bring all this in Canada with me!

The conferences in the morning were really nice, especially the introduction on Inkscape made by Mairin Duffy. She was right, after the conference, I at least understand enough about Inkscape to be able to do some basic mockup in it!

In the afternoon, Fudcon got a new feature : lightning talks! It was really nice to see people talk about something they love in 5 minutes.

After that, it was the hackfest time. I take the opportunity to go outside to work on my projects, so I can take at least a little bit of sun before returning to Quebec!

In the evening, the hack room was full with many things going on : talk, hacking, board games, poker, etc. It was a really good time, but maybe I should have got to bed earlier ;)

Now looking forward to the full hackfest day tomorrow!

Fudcon Tempe, day 1

The first day of Fudcon is over. Many great conferences and many good discussions on all things related to Fedora.

This day let me meet many people that I work with on IRC or mailing list, so, that was nice to finally meet face to face and have a good talk. Also, I had the chance to speak French a little bit, having met with Xavier from the Fedora France team and also with David from Montreal.

The Fudpub event was really nice. Having the chance to talk about Fedora in front of a good beer with many great people is really nice. Also, this is a great occasion to have more personal talk with people than we have on IRC for example.

I look forward on day 2 of Fudcon!

Conferences are starting at Fudcon Tempe

The vote are now done, Jared gave The State of Fedora and the conferences is starting in 5 minutes! First conference for me is “Performance Tuning” by Curtis Zinzilieta.

I am impress by the numbers of people showing up for this year Fudcon. Like Jared said, it will be the biggest Fudcon since they started in 2005.

Fudcon Tempe!

I finally got to my hotel room after some problems with my flights. Already had the time to talk in person with many peoples I have seen for long on IRC. The welcome party is running and many people already show up for some drinks and food.

Lot of great conversations already and many more to come. I will keep this blog updated!

Disable nouveau driver on hybrid graphics cards laptop

I had some problems with the plymouth boot screen in the past few days. In fact, the problems come again from guess what? Yes, my hybrid graphics cards in my laptop! ;)

I found that simply blacklisting the nouveau driver was not enough, it was still there after a reboot. That seems to cause a distorted boot screen from time to time.

So, here is what I did to be sure that nouveau is not used at all, just the Intel driver (all these steps must be done as a privileged user) :

  • First, blacklist the nouveau driver :

echo “blacklist nouveau” >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-nouveau.conf

  • Add rdblacklist=nouveau to the end of your grub.conf kernel parameters list
  • Rebuild you initrd with this command :

mkinitrd -f /boot/initrd-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)

After that, you should reboot and see your boot screen come out clean each time. Also, you should notice that lsmod don’t report nouveau as being loaded anymore, just the Intel one.

If you have any other ways to fix this issue, I welcome any improvements!

Linux and hybrid graphics cards

I recently bought a Dell laptop (Vostro 3300) and directly installed Fedora 14 on it. Everything worked out of the box, I just needed to install Broadcom wireless driver.

But, I was wrong! The laptop come with a Nvidia card, and checking the output of lspci, I found an Intel VGA card too. So I start reading why I have a Nvidia and an Intel cards in my laptop to find the new cool technology : Optimus graphics from Nvidia…

This Optimus thing work by having a low power card (in that case, the Intel one) for everyday use and a powerful card (Nvidia) for 3D effects. ATI have something like this too, with another marketing name. The problem is that these technologies are not supported on Linux.

Nvidia said they have no plan on supporting it : http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=144750

I don’t really care about switching graphics cards when I use my laptop. But right now, the situation is that I am stuck with the Intel one, with no means of using the Nvidia card. More, the Nvidia card is always powered, so, in place of saving power, it use more!

There is some effort to make this work with the “nouveau” driver. I will follow the development to see how well it advance : http://linux-hybrid-graphics.blogspot.com/

It amaze me that big company like Intel and Nvidia release something with no Linux support today…

OLPC deployment in Gabon

Pass saturday, I met with the team that will go to Libreville in Gabon, Africa this month to deploy 110 XO laptops in a school. You can have more details about the project here : http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPCorps_LavalUniversity_Gabon.

The team launch a call for help to the local LUG for helping them be sure that everything is alright before they got there. They want to confirm that all the hardwares, softwares, procedures, etc are good and without error. The project team did a really good job and I think they are ready to go there but a validation before leaving is a great initiative.

What impress me is the answer they got from the community. In a short time, all the aspect of the project was covered! The project is heavily based on wireless architecture so a local group (http://www.zapquebec.org) jump in and offer their help to validate this part of the setup. For the software part (School Server, XO install, etc) and procedures, Rene and me will do the validation.

I was really impressed that many groups joined their efforts and gave their free time to help such a good project. I also like the impression we gave of our community to the project team. We often hear that the free softwares community is a place where people help each other. I am happy to have seen this in action and do my part.

Here is some photos of the school that will receive the XO :