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Re: Advice on system purchase



On 10/30/2012 11:48 AM, Lisi Reisz wrote:
> On Tuesday 30 October 2012 15:38:07 Worrier Poet wrote:
>> I knew that AMD had bought one of the purveyors of expensive graphics
>> cards that I had terrible problems with. I took 1 plus 1 and came up
>> with Avagadro's number.
> 
> They have surely been improving since AMD bought them up?
> 
> Lisi
> 
> 

I think you're right. I remember a lot of consternation after ATI
announced that they would be producing no more Open Source drivers,
effectively leaving the FOSS community to it's own (excuse the pun)
devices. It was kind of a glass half empty / half full thing. Since they
released a lot of information about the hardware to the Open Source devs
I guess it worked out pretty well. I think most people using most ATI
graphics cards with FOSS drivers are reasonably content.

The guys developing free drivers for the Nvidia graphics cards seem to
have a lot harder job to do, but they also seem to be up to the task.
It's coming along slowly, but the nouveau drivers are most certainly
working well enough for me. I also think that getting rid of the nv
drivers (useful as they were for a while) was the best thing to do.

I long since eschewed the use of the closed source Nvidia drivers,
deciding to make do with what nouveau could do for me. I always saw
weird system lockups with the proprietary drivers on systems with high
end Nvidia graphics. Those lockups looked for all the world like
incipient hardware failure. Tough as heck to troubleshoot. Until I went
to the Open Source drivers. Suddenly, no more lockups. (Also, not much
in the way of 3D acceleration, at least in the beginning. But at least
the systems ran without locking up.)

But all the systems I've bought recently use integrated Intel graphics.
I imagine no gamer would be happy with them, but they work well enough
for my purposes. And they're rock solid.

It seems that it is a good point that, computer power vs power
consumption considerations aside, it's a good idea to at least consider
AMD when choosing a new system. But the current status of drivers for
Ethernet, wireless, and graphics certainly makes it easy for me to get
Intel systems that work with Debian main repository only.

the worrier


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