November 2007


I got a lot done on Pantograph over Thanksgiving weekend – completely refactoring the rendering engine for a more pipeline-style flow.  Preliminary tests indicate that its  considerably faster, but I’m still debugging it.  I resolved, however, not to use any hackish fixes to bugs, so the result should be much more robust and cruftless.  Its just taking longer…

monkeywenn250506_300x450.jpgI updated Ubuntu to 7.10, despite my previous encounter with its untamed ways. My wireless problems seem to be gone, and things generally run smoother overall. The CPU frequency adjusts correctly according to the temperature, but I miss the raw power and slight burning smell from before. We’ll see how it goes…

I wonder if my previous problems were strictly related to the kernel that Feisty Fawn was built on – my past experience is that changing kernels can have unexpected consequences with hardware functioning or not – and not in a linear, always-improving progression. The nice thing about Gentoo is you got over the fear of replacing your kernel – sometimes, problems just went away with the next version or even the next release.