Dream Aquarium on Linux

Dream Aquarium works a treat under Linux nowadays. (Though it does not run as a screensaver, you can run it manually whenever you want.)

Install Dream Aquarium through wine – no fiddling necessary.

Download gdiplus.dll from

Drop gdiplus.dll into ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32

That’s it. I’ve tested this on a number of systems.

Enjoy the relaxing aquarium.

Geek/Tech, Linux

openSUSE 10.3

Well, I was getting sick of my problems in Kubuntu so I decided to try suse. Installed it and was hooked after 20 mins – my wireless was set up with the proper driver and everything worked (except for having to select my keyboard layout and install the ATI driver) which was also fairly painless. SUSE has an incredibly clean interface and the whole system seems well put together. The only thing I do not like is the package management system – because it takes forever to load. The “1-click install” feature on suse 10.3 is very very nice.

After my “20 minute” breaking in phase, I went ahead and moved all my files to the suse partition and nuked Kubuntu, so I finally have my whole hard drive to use for the first time since getting this laptop.

What I really like about SUSE: You can hack and tweak and fiddle to your heart’s content, but you don’t HAVE to just to have a running system. Everything great so far, give it a try! It’s 100% my new recommendation for an OS.

PS: Not important but compiz works great on suse, whereas it didn’t work at all off Ubuntu.

Graphics, Linux

Gutsy and the new ATI 8.42.3 fglrx driver

Apparently (K)Ubuntu Gutsy loads XGL by default – if you have it installed it boots it whether you tell it to or not – which means you won’t have direct rendering. Remove XGL, and suddenly direct rendering works. If I’d known that I could have saved myself alot of headache.

Compiz is nice, but unfortunately AIGLX does not seem to run very system-efficiently with this first AIGLX-enabled driver. Hopefully successive drivers will improve it so it doesn’t bog down the system so bad.

Linux, Tech/Geek

New ATI Driver

The new “oh-my-god-I-shit-myself” ATI driver 8.42 should be out soon. Very soon, so they say. Like, tomorrow maybe.

I upgraded Kubuntu to 7.10.. very rocky upgrade, still a few packages broken, but it’s okay. The new linux kernel allowed me to finally install the linux driver for my wireless card, and it’s finally working properly! Very much happiness.

Now if the new ATI driver comes out… if their promises come through Compiz should work wonderfully, my screen won’t be stuck at 1024×768 (last ATI driver broke with Gutsy) and I should finally be able to play WoW on this laptop. Lots of expectations to live up to, AMD…

Oh, and I applied for a job over at Sprint Computer today. Not sure if they actually do tech support/computer building, or if they just do sales. We’ll see! I want a car…


Tweaking Linux

It continues to amaze me how with linux fixing and tweaking things can be at the same time exceedingly simple but also very complex. Take this: Kaffeine, for some unknown reason started just crashing X whenever I tried to play video. Couldn’t for the life of my find out why, or how to fix it. Finally someone on the Ubuntu forums came up with an answer:

edit the configuration file



find the lines


# Videodriver to use (default: auto)
# { auto  dxr3  aadxr3  xv  SyncFB  opengl  xshm  none  xxmc  sdl  fb  xvmc }, default: 0
video.driver:[driver you chose]

change the last line to



In one way, changing 3 or 4 letters in a file to make EVERYTHING work beautifully again is amazingly simple… but how do you know to do that in the first place?? Either way, once I had the answer I was very happy. It works perfectly now.

Why do people like MPlayer? As an embedded video player for Firefox, it works just fine and dandy. I’ve been using KMPlayer, because it’s interface is a lot better than the original, but it still sucks. Kaffeine isn’t as good as Media Player Classic, but it’s pretty close.

I am trying to get TV out working as well… spent half an hour with 680×640… that was painful. Not sure I want to try again. I don’t blame linux however, cause that was a pain in the rear on Windows too!


Linux convert

I’ve almost completely converted Jess over to Linux. She hasn’t been into Windows in 2 days now, and only has a wish to go there to play Mario on Project64. It’s too bad that there is no linux port for Project64, because it is hands down the best N64 emulator out there. It’s equivalent on linux, Mupen64, aside from having a stupid sounding name just doesn’t match up.

Speaking of ports, I wish that someone would bring Media Player Classic over to linux. It is actually open-source. I didn’t know that… but people say that it “relies on windows components to work”, so it would be difficult to port to linux, and would have to be re-worked. Kaffeine comes close, but it’s just not the same.

Call me neurotic (go ahead, I do all the time), but the little things, like being able to click ON the progress nubbin to have it move like 10 seconds ahead, instead of holding it and dragging it randomly about, was something I liked about MPC. Oh well. I’ll get into programming eventually. And since 90% of things on linux are open source, I can tweak them to my heart’s desire as well. 🙂