© 2012 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Sad news: Linux fans, especially gamers, have expressed frustration in not being able to enjoy the most out of mobile computers that carry the Optimus switching technology as a power-saving mechanism.Linux users have had the option of checking out the Bumblebee project, which notes that “Many recent notebooks with a discrete nVidia card in it and an i3/i5/i7 processor use the nVidia Optimus technology to improve battery life. Unfortunately, this software solution is only available in Windows 7 and later.The Bumblebee Project is a set of tools developed by people aiming to provide Optimus support under Linux (legacy nVidia hybrid graphics is supported too) while waiting for kernel and drivers to support these notebooks.”Even Linus Torvalds let loose on his frustration bordering on disgust earlier this year at an entrepreneur session in Finland. He was asked why NVIDIA did not offer support for its GPU under Linux. Torvalds responded that NVIDIA was a thorn and that he thought it very sad that NVIDIA was being difficult about it. But back to some good news. The latest word is that NVIDIA is working to achieve Linux compatibility with its Optimus graphics switching technology. In a recent e-mail sent to a developer listserv, NVIDIA software engineer Aaron Plattner expressed remarks that indicate NVIDIA is working on Linux support. Plattner in the e-mail said that he has created a working proof of concept driver.Reader comments to news sites reporting the NVIDIA engineer’s e-mail have been favorable, in fact happy. Compatibility moves will benefit NVIDIA audiences as well as fans of Linux. Hopes are that the two will work things out. Certainly among the hopefuls are those who use their laptops for gaming and need better battery life. Running Linux on Optimus-equipped laptops, for many, will be ideal. More information: bumblebee-project.org/ (Phys.org)—Good news: NVIDIA has a technology called Optimus which since its 2010 launch is regarded as a great extender for notebook, netbook, and ultrabooks. Some NVIDIA fans think favorably of Optimus as “awesome” in the way it can tap into the discrete GPU when needed to conserve power. They like the way battery life is preserved as GPU power is switched off when not needed and switched on when needed again. As the company explains, NVIDIA Optimus technology automatically and instantaneously uses the high performance NVIDIA GPU for GPU-Compute applications, video, and 3-D games; and low power integrated graphics for applications such as web surfing or email. The Optimus approach in “dynamic” switching based on application needs is notable and according to reports a growing number of laptops from the commercial majors are equipped with Optimus. Citation: NVIDIA takes one step closer to Linux support (2012, September 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-nvidia-closer-linux.html NVIDIA Introduces New Integrated GeForce 9400M GPU
As a tribute to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, four prominent choreographers presented some stunning performances based on the translations of some of Tagore’s poems alongside the Bengali originals at India Habitat Centre’s Stein Auditorium. The evening was also a token of love and affection towards Padmashree Utpal Banerjee, who turned 80 on 27 September. So what’s the connection between Utpal Banerjee and Tagore you ask? Here’s the answer – Banerjee has penned 10 books on Tagore’s dance, drama and songs, creating a record by publishing seven of them within a year, which has been recognised in Limca Book of Records. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He has also written a book Tagore’s Mystique of Dance which is prescribed as text-book for courses on dance in Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan. Banerjee is also a Tagore Research Scholar (under Ministry of Culture) and a translator for National Sahitya Akademi, who has published these volumes. The choreographers – Rama Vaidyanathan with Dakshina Vaidyanathan (Bharatanatyam), Padmashree Shovana Narayan (Kathak), Padma Shri Bharati Shivaji (Mohiniyattam) and Santosh Nair’s Sadhya (Mayurbhanj Chhau and Contemporary) – took on Tagore’s works and presented them in their own signature styles on stage. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe evening also included the launch of Banerjee’s four volumes of English poems which has been translated from Tagore’s satirical and whimsical rhymes. Shovana Narayan, picked one of the ‘nonsensical’ versse from the Khapchhada series of Tagore, choosing the piece on Motilal Nandi, a character that we can all identify with. Very often in our lives, learning of grammar and vocabulary have eluded us and left us frustrated. So was the case with Motilal Nandi. Dakshina Vaidyanathan performed Rabibar which is a child’s innocent complaint about why Sunday takes a long time to come. Rama Vaidyanathan presented Shishu Bholanath which is about a mother reveling in her naughty and vivacious child who goes around destroying everything around him. In her performance she addressed Bholanath – Lord Shiva, the creator and the destroyer. The music was been composed by vocalist Ranita Dey who also sang the poems. Padmashree Bharati Shivaji along with students – Olga, Lakshmi Ramakrishnan and Deepthi Nair presented an extract from Janmakatha where the mother is asked by her child where did she pick him from? Astonished by his queries, she explains how from the very beginning of evolution of the Universe he has been there with her. Santosh Nair’s Sadhya presented a choreographed piece titled Kalpnik which is based on Tagore’s two poems from the fantasy volume namely The Dream (Swapan) and There was a Tiger (Ek Chhilo Bagh). The poem Swapan is about the magic dream of the child to become a cloud and Ek Chhilo Bagh brings forth a tiger who speaks the human language and displays all the human emotions. The choreography revolves around the dream of an individual who falls asleep while reading the fantasy volume and how the readings reflect in her dreams creating a fiction of its own.
Kolkata: A slice of Darjeeling has come alive at the 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair, with the Lepcha Development Board being given the space for the first time this year.The stall that has been set up under the banner of West Bengal Model Lepcha Development Board, stocks a plethora of books and magazines written by authors from their community, translated into Bengali, English and Hindi. It has created a lot of interest among the visitors of the Book Fair. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseApart from books, the stall also has various items showcasing the culture and tradition of the Lepcha community in the Hills that makes up about 20 percent of the population there. The main attraction of the stall is the exhibition of a variety of dresses, old scriptures and various old books belonging to the community. It may be mentioned that the stall has evoked a lot of curiosity among the people visiting the fair, because most of them are unaware of the special lifestyle, customs and habits of this community. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe visitors were seen interacting with members of the community manning the stall, with the latter responding to their queries in Hindi and English, with a pleasant smile on their faces. They were also seen donning their traditional outfits in the stall. “We are not only showcasing our books and magazines but also our traditional musical instruments, our dresses and everything else that relate to our culture. We have also displayed the special fishing rod that we use for catching fishes and a number of handicraft items made by our community,” said Ugen Lepcha, one of the staff manning the stall. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has formed the Mayel Lyang Lepcha Development Board for the Lepcha community, one of the indigenous communities of Darjeeling and has taken up several initiatives for their development. “More than 70 percent of the collection of books in our stall has already been sold. We are extremely happy with the book lovers in the city welcoming us with so much love and honour,” Lepcha maintained.