Monday, January 6, 2014

GNU/Hurd, The Computer Operating System Of The Future.

I love working with GNU/Hurd I can't wait for it to be ready for prime-time.  Here's a snapshot of what it is, I totally ripped the site for this one, thanks guys!

Debian GNU/Hurd


The Hurd is a set of servers running on top of the GNU Mach microkernel. Together they build the base for the GNU operating system.
Currently, Debian is only available for Linux and kFreeBSD, but with Debian GNU/Hurd we have started to offer GNU/Hurd as a development, server and desktop platform, too. We hope to be able to release Debian GNU/Hurd for wheezy.


The Hurd is under active development, but does not provide the performance and stability you would expect from a production system. Also, only about every second Debian package has been ported to the GNU/Hurd. There are still a few things to do before we can make a release, see the TODO list.
Until then, you can participate in the development if you want. Depending on your experience and time commitment, you can help us in many different ways. For example, we need experienced C hackers to develop and implement new features and to fix bugs and debug the system. The Failed page shows the list of failing packages and a summary why. If you are not very experienced in C programming, you can still help: Either by testing the existing systems and reporting bugs, or by trying to compile some unported software you have experience with. Also writing documentation is important, or maintaining the web pages.


Porting packages is quite trivial most of the time, there are just a couple of traps that they can fall into, a list of common issues is available.

How do I join?

To start with Hurd development, you should install Debian GNU/Hurd (updated 2011/06/11) and get used to it. Also, join the mailing lists and try to get a feeling for the state of the development. Offer your help, and we will tell you what is needed to do.

Thank You.

I would like to personally thank the few loyal, brave souls who continue to stray over to this pitiful site.  Especially that one, unknown faithful, I don't know who you are, but you know of whom I speak, that continues to visit, even when there's nothing new of note.  I'll try to do better.  The author of this dreary place is more technical than political, really and it seems one should endeavor to stick to one's strengths.  So future posts may start to include articles in the vein of, let me see, how, for instance, does one install Debian or Ubuntu Linux without a CD, USB-flash drive, floppy (do they still even exist?) or any other physical media except a computer attached to a network, or how to build custom applications not offered by one's particular distribution.  We'll see.  Once again, thank you, whomever you may be and feel free, to keep in touch.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year My Friends. Let's Keep On Improving.

Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,
and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished,
and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect
On Old long syne.
On Old long syne my Jo,
On Old long syne,
That thou canst never once reflect,
On Old long syne.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Compiling a custom mplayer-mt

The full HD format becomes more and more popular today. Decoding of high definition video requires a modern hardware but even with fast processors it's not enough to use one core for smooth playback of dynamic scenes. Proprietary decoders are used under Windows for a long time but open-source decoders under Linux are known as unstable. Nevertheless you shouldn't afraid of this word. In the Linux world "unstable" often means "not enough tested". This is true for ffmpeg-mt branch of ffmpeg project with experimental multithread decoding support.

Recently I compiled mplayer with ffmpeg-mt and was very pleased by result. Player is able to decode all my 1080p films correctly and without any glitches. Now I share the mplayer-mt.ebuild package for Gentoo users and also supply instructions for manual build.

First of all we must integrate ffmpeg-mt into mplayer. Take latest versions from repositories:

#  svn checkout svn:// mplayer
#  git clone git://

Replace directories libavcodec, libavformat and libavutil in mplayer by new ones from ffmpeg-mt. Please note, that the latest version of mplayer could be non-compatible with current ffmpeg-mt. If you want to create an archive then you probably want to remove service folders of version control system that take away almost a half of all space:

#  find . -name '.svn' | xargs rm -r

If you have no direct access to repositories (closed ports, etc.), you care about traffic and time or you're just a little bit lazy then you can download archive from this site. Compile and install it as usual:

#  ./configure && make && make install

To enable parallel decoding use the following options:

#  mplayer-mt -lavdopts threads=N file.mkv

where N is the number of threads.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Play Tic Tac Toe, This Is A Depiction Of Obamacare In Action, Let The Play And Players Begin. You Are The American Citizenry And I, Am Your Only Legal Recourse, Now Win!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013