Re: Linux and Newest Hardware
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On 10/12/06 15:38, Seth Goodman wrote:
> Johannes Wiedersich <email@example.com> wrote on
> Thursday, October 12, 2006 11:58 AM -0500:
>> I think you mix up two different things:
>> - if you want to by recent hardware, as a good rule, it is not cheap.
>> - if you settle for not so recent hardware, it will be cheaper and it
>> will be supported by linux.
>> Personally on a low budget, I don't see the reasoning in buying the
>> latest hardware, that is a factor of say 2 more powerful at a factor
>> of 4 higher prices.
>> On the other hand: if you are looking for good and recent hardware it
>> will be expensive, but if you select a linux friendly manufacturer it
>> will be also supported by linux.
> OK, let me tell you why I believe I'm not mixed up ... at least on this.
> I actually said commodity hardware. I meant the stage where hardware
> and drivers are stable, there are multiple mainstream suppliers and they
> are priced as commodities. With the short product lifetimes of consumer
> electronics, that means recent, though not bleeding edge.
> What exactly is that today? It's completely a matter of opinion. My
> notion is something like a 2GHz 64-bit AMD or 3GHz Intel processor,
> 256MB DDR RAM, graphics chipset on motherboard, USB2.0 ports, DVD writer
> and a 150MB+ (modern) hard drive. Purchasing a USB keyboard or wireless
> mouse at the local store should neither require a trip to the list nor
> compiling a kernel. Such systems are plentiful, stable and cheap from
> mainstream manufacturers, even with the preinstalled commercial O/S.
> Buying commodity hardware like this from a shop that preinstalls Linux,
> or is at least responsible for compatibility, will normally cost a lot
> more. It is extremely hard for small shops to compete with the
> WalMarts, eMachines and Microsofts of the world. They can only do so by
> not making much profit, or being subsidized by their customers' good
The only issue in what you mentioned is the /graphics chipset on
They'll work well enough to watch movies on a 1.6GHz Athlon32, but
not well enough to play high-intensity lines. This is from personal
Now I've got a slightly more modern system with a really old GeForce
FX 5200 that works great with the proprietary NVIDIA drivers.
According to the NVIDIA docs:
2006-05-22 version 1.0-8762
* Added support for new GPUs, such as QuadroFX 4500 X2, Quadro
FX 5500, Quadro FX 3500, and Quadro FX 1500.
Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA USA
Is "common sense" really valid?
For example, it is "common sense" to white-power racists that
whites are superior to blacks, and that those with brown skins
are mud people.
However, that "common sense" is obviously wrong.
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