Well, so much for my big plans. I managed to get Xgl running on my laptop, which has an Intel 855GM chipset (uses the i810 driver). Unfortunately there is a bug with the i810 driver that causes it to be horrendously slow. I understand this will be fixed some time, but for now Xgl is not usable on my laptop.
No such luck with my desktop machine, which has an NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280, which is basically a GeForce 4MX. Known issues with the GeForce 2 and 4 chipsets mean that I get a black screen. No amount of attempting to compile the "fixed" CVS code has worked. I guess I'll just have to wait a bit. It's no big deal, anyway, as currently things don't seem to work with TwinView (two displays) anyway. Maybe for this I just have to wait until NVIDIA release updated drivers that support the new extensions, instead of the Mesa libGL.
As for the photoblog... well, didn't do that either. Or go to Kro bar. Or go take some crappy photos in the evening. Hehe, so, I didn't do a great deal. Anyway, time to head out for some food and then I'll have a play with some PHP or Ruby on Rails for this photoblog.