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Open source drivers are getting pretty good these days. I haven't had any problem with Intel or AMD hardare. Intel I hear the old ones are pretty bad, but my G4500HD does everything I need well. Video acceleration could be better though. There isn't a proprietary driver for Intel either, your only choice is open source. The composited 3D desktop in KDE ...


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In many systems less uses lesspipe, which can handle pdftotext automatically. Therefore, you can immediately try less file.pdf which will show the output of pdftotext in less.


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I can address your question, having previously worked with the Linux FB. How Linux Does Its FB. First you need to have FrameBuffer support in your kernel, corresponding to your hardware. Most modern distributions have support via kernel modules. It does not matter if your distro comes preconfigured with a boot logo, I don't use one and have FB support. ...


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The X Window System uses a client-server architecture. The X server runs on the machine that has the display (monitors + input devices), while X clients can run on any other machine, and connect to the X server using the X protocol (not directly, but rather by using a library, like Xlib, or the more modern non-blocking event-driven XCB). The X protocol is ...


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Although this post is based on facts, it still contains my personal experience and opinions. Nvidia Although there is a project for OpenSource drivers, you probably need to consider Nvidia being closed source drivers only. Now in case of Nvidia this doesn't really bring a lot of bad things since they really work on their drivers very hard. The best support ...


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I'm not positive I know what you mean, but are you looking for something like this? I used Graphviz, which takes text input files describing transitions, and figures out the graph automatically. Here's the exact command: $ sed 's/-/_/g' input | gawk ' BEGIN {print "digraph g {"} END {print "}"} match($0, /from ([^ ]*) to ([^ ]*) \((.*)\)$/, ...


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Check out the following lists of linux friendly graphics cards/chipsets, both open and proprietary: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=category&item=Graphics%20Cards (provides benchmarks and reviews and all, pretty cool) http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Hardware-HOWTO/video.html http://hardware4linux.info/search/ ...


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The traditional stack is built upon 3 main components: X server which handles displaying Window manager that put windows into frames, handles minimizing windows etc. That's part of separation of mechanism from policy in Unix Clients that perform useful task as displaying stackexchange website. They may use X protocol directly (suicide), use xlib or xcb ...


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Ubuntu is a good choice for a first distribution, if you want something you can get up-and-running quickly and easily. You might also consider fedora as well. You can certainly theme an Ubuntu installation. See this thread for a good starting point - HowTo: theme your desktop


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Yes and no. Linux is perfectly happy to run even without a video terminal at all (consider serial console or "headless" setups). Linux is perfectly happy to run in 80x25 character mode with 16 colors. However, it would seem pretty wasteful to have a high-end graphics card doing nothing but displaying text at what amounts to 720x350 pixels screen ...


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Your laptop should have /sys/class/backlight. For example, /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness. You can write (echo) values to this file to adjust brightness. cat /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/max_brightness > /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness This will set the brightness to max. Just put it in an init script on boot.


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First of all, there is really no Linux graphics stack. Linux has no graphical display capabilities. However, Linux applications can use graphical displays and there are a number of different systems for doing that. The most common ones are all built on top of X windows. X is a network protocol because in the middle of an X protocol stack you can have a ...


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You may also try to use ffmpeg to create a movie out of a sequence of images and then convert the movie to a GIF animation (again using ffmpeg). # cf. http://pages.uoregon.edu/noeckel/MakeMovie.html # first convert an image sequence to a movie ffmpeg -sameq -i %03d.jpg output.mp4 # ... and then convert the movie to a GIF animation ffmpeg -i output.mp4 ...


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I guess, it is not possible to see PDF file in terminal but you can check it's content by converting PDF file to text. You can do this as: pdftotext a.pdf It will produce a.txt file which you can read into VIM. For ubuntu-variant, this binary is available in following package. poppler-utils


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Install the kernel-headers package and try again. If it doesn't work, try cp -v /usr/include/linux/version.h /lib/modules/$VERSION/build/include/linux Make sure that $VERSION corresponds with what you get when typing uname -r.


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Can you not run an X server on another tty and switch to it when you need to? If you have a machine next to you that is running X, then you can use X11 forwarding to have it display there.


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Unfortunately, it's still very buggy, as per this post on the openSUSE forums lots of stuff still doesn't works: What I have working so far: Retina Display - openSUSE looks fantastic at 2880x1800! Booting in emulated BIOS mode Booting in EFI mode Keyboard and Trackpad - full support including the function key on the keyboard, the keyboard ...


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As far as I can tell from your problem description the correct term for what you want is "hybrid graphics" as you only use either adapter to power your monitor (actually any output), not both at the same time. An overview over tools for what you want can be found (for example) here. You may be looking for the tool bbswitch from the Bumblebee-Project. Yet, ...


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Try mplayer (or a frontend like smplayer). The issue is related to OpenGL hardware GPU accleration reference It would be helpful to know which GPU you have. Arch recently enabled SNA acceleration by default for Intel GPUs. If it's an older GPU (intel/nvidia/ati) it likely doesn't have support, so disable hw accel.


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Ubuntu offers all of that: It was designed from the on-set to be a newbie-friendly Debian; I've used both, and it certainly is easier, at least on the surface (i.e. the basic stuff). It has some of the largest collection of software of all distros; this includes a whole bunch of development stuff (all major programming languages, a whole bunch web ...


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You can use vga_switcheroo to switch between graphic drivers / GPU's, but it doesn't work on the fly. Watch this question for any on-the-fly solutions that come up. One guy has written up a very detailed tutorial on setting this up under Fedora 14/Ubunut 10.10. You might have to adapt for 11.0, but it seems to cover the bases pretty well. Ubuntu has ...


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Analyzing the code you posted as well ass acpi_call leads me to the the conclusion that most probable candidates should be: echo '\_SB.PCI0.PEG0.PEGP._OFF' > /proc/acpi/call to turn the card off and echo '\_SB.PCI0.PEG0.PEGP._ON' > /proc/acpi/call to turn it back on again. You should be safe to test those, as the README for acpi_call states: ...


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The convert's --delay option only applies to the next image on the command line. So convert -delay 10 * will only set the delay of the first frame to 0.1 second. The option need to be repeated: convert $(for a in *; do printf -- "-delay 10 %s " $a; done; ) result.gif For your sorting need, convert does not sort frames, the shell globing * does. If you ...


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Comic viewers (such as Comical, Comix, QComicBook, or cbrpager) usually have a double-page mode. In addition, Geeqie has two-image modes and a quadruple-image mode. However, the sub-windows seem to be independent of each other (when you change one, the others don't change).


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According to the official Intel Linux Graphics Drivers website Linux should support IntelĀ® HD Graphics P3000 included in the Intel C200 Series Chipset Family out of the box. The cause of your problem is according to the information provided by Intel that IntelĀ® HD Graphics P3000 is only available with select Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 SKUs. So please ...


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ImageMagick provides a super-nice set of command-line tools for image manipulation. Check it out at http://www.imagemagick.org/.


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Pretty much any recent distro should do: they all are able to run GIMP and Inkscape (the main Photoshop and Illustrator alternatives for Linux). But they might not run very well on a Pentium 4. You might want to try Xubuntu, which provides a lighter desktop environment while keeping the Ubuntu structure. (Other lightweight distros like Arch Linux exist, but ...


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Have you tried the netpbm tools? This will work with R8G8B8 and other 8-bit RGB orders. For a width 100 height 200 RGB order raw file: rawtoppm -rgb 100 200 input.rgb > image.ppm ppmtorgb3 image.ppm You will now have 3 pgm format grey-map files, each suffixed .red .grn and .blu. These .pgm files are almost a raw binary format, except for the short ...


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There is no fundamental reason for not being able to get the same quality output from graphics cards for the same hardware under Windows and Linux. However the development of software, both the drivers, and any application software, needs to be written and doing that both for Windows and for Linux just takes extra effort. Such double effort always takes ...


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Gaming: nvidia closed-source drivers outperform nouveau drivers. Here's a comparison between nvidia and nouveau on several nVidia GPUs, including the desktop version of your GPU: Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Linux Comparison



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