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Stellarium - AdrianG [APOD]
November 7th, 2004
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Stellarium
I've spent a lot of the day configuring and generally playing with the new hardware I purchased to get my main Linux desktop system going again. One of those pieces of new hardware is an NVIDIA card, and NVIDIA, in particular does a good going of supporting OpenGL under Linux for their graphics cards. OpenGL is a graphics rendering standard that makes it easy to use the acceleration features of some of the nicer graphics cards, and once I got OpenGL working, I started looking for applications for Linux that would make good use of that standard.

Once such application is Stellarium. If you have any interest, at all, in star gazing, Stellarium is quite nice, and it does have Windows and Mac-OSX versions, in addition to the Linux version I'm playing with. In particular, dr_nebula, you should check it out.

Adrian

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From:lonepair
Date:November 9th, 2004 02:58 am (UTC)
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ooh, thanks... i'll check it out.
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From:lightning_rose
Date:November 9th, 2004 04:35 am (UTC)
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Looks like pretty cool s/w. I'll have to check it out, thanks for the link.

BTW, how's your computer? Any firm diagnosis yet?

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From:adriang
Date:November 9th, 2004 05:00 am (UTC)
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My computer is fine, now. I took it to a local hole-in-the-wall computer store that I trust and they tracked down the problem, but only after I had already replaced the power supply and main board. The found that the graphics card no longer worked. Your theory about the power supply made a lot of sense, given the problem with the CPU fans, so I'm not considering going back to the old power supply. The fact that the old video card produced no hint of video and the new one works fine is.. suggestive. 8-) The old main board is probably okay, although I'm tired of all the quirks. It is more than six years old, now, and all the multi-processor support hardware from that era seems mostly unsupported, now. And with the new mainboard and a graphics card that supports OpenGL under Linux, I have some new toys to play with. 8-)

Adrian
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