Pheh Phun

Well, it's not ready for release just yet, but I've been working on a new version of Pheh today. A pre-0.3.0 screenshot showing off the new thumbnail window is available here. Other good stuff: PLib 0.2.0 support, slightly improved Evas and X code, and probably more stuff that I forgot. If you don't feel like waiting, you can always grab Pheh from CVS; instructions are available on my CVS page.

I've noticed that Evas, or at least the CVS version, appears to leave some bizarre visual artifacts. This could just be the NVidia OpenGL implementation, or it could be the SGI GLU 1.3 GLU headers I'm using. Anyway, if you have the same problem, try turning off pheh hardware acceleration (comment the render_method 3d_Hardware line in your ~/.pheh/phehrc).

Speaking of NVidia, the 0.9-7 drivers came out a few days ago. Things are still working good, and I get a noticeable framerate boost in Quake 3. It looks like they tweaked the TwinView support and managed to alleviate some of the "dual-head tax". The new drivers also support the X Render extension, although I haven't had a chance to try it out just yet. There's a patch for QT that adds anti-aliased font support to QT (and, by extension, KDE applications) floating around somewhere; I'll post a bit about it once I've had a chance to try it out.

While I'm thinking about it, I just remembered that Nautilus 1.0 came out the other day. Don't waste your time trying it. While they did manage to address a few of my complaints abut PR2, Eazel apparently neglected to fix the two most important problems with Nautilus. As such, I have found three more appropriate mascots for Nautilus; one for it's speed, one for it's size, and one for it's stability. If you're still gung-ho about installing Nautilus, you should probably consider a leaner or more stable alternative. On the other hand, if you're actually looking for a decent graphical file manager, I recommend either Konqueror or Andrew Shugg's unsupported and unmaintained older EFM CVS snapshots.

Oh yeah, Raster redesigned his page -- I really like the new layout. He even broke down and divided his photo gallery into several pages. I suspect it was just to drown out the cacophony of whiny modem users. Anyway, I'm pretty sure I've managed to offend just about everyone, so that's it for today.