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Finally some EGL/GLES in PyOpenGL

I finally have a working demo using EGL and GLES under X11/Mesa (Kubuntu 12.04). I can run the most basic of ES1 and ES2 (as well as GL) tests under an EGL-provided context hosted by python-xlib (i.e. a raw X11 window). There's no guarantee that actual useful work could be done with it, but clearing the screen to red is working with all 3 apis on PyOpenGL head.

Unfortunately, the demo code is GPLv2 licensed, due to using sample code from python-xlib for the window setup. There's no real reason to use that other than ...

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Is fglrx dead for Ubuntu-current

So the AMD Proprietary driver (fglrx) for Linux supports "Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.04" (Note: not the current Ubuntu 13.10), and so far every attempt I've made to use them on 13.10 has supported the "not supported" hypothesis (kernel module compilation failures in the latest iteration).  But drat-it-all my machine meets the declared software requirements (kernel, xorg, etc), and it would make testing PyOpenGL releases so much easier if I could use the laptop for testing.

So does anyone in-the-know know if there is some grand plan in the works? They seem to still release drivers ...

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Voice Dictation Privilege

Apparently I'm blessed with a Voice Dictation friendly accent and tone. I can pretty much use most Voice Dictation systems, including the ones on Android, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and PocketSphinx. The results aren't mind-blowing-ly good, but if it's quiet and I speak clearly and train anything that gets missed, I get reasonable results.

Watching a child play with both the Android and PocketSphinx recognizers this weekend made me realize just how much I'm privileged.  His accent is pretty much identical to mine, but the recognizers just don't seem to pick up his (much higher) voice ...

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