linux hardware compatibility list
blr at robertsr.us
Tue Jul 15 13:20:11 MDT 2008
Kyle Waters wrote:
> A few years ago I was involved in doing monthly installfests, and
> working a hardware job. I kind of new what to use and what to stay
> away from. I haven't done much with hardware for a while, but I think
> things have changed and Linux generally just works(tm) now. But I'm
> about to buy a new desktop(my eeepc arrived today. yeah!). I'm
> thinking I want to go with ati chipset for both mb and graphics, with
> an amd processor. I'm not doing anything high end and am only looking
> at $1000 for the whole setup (including monitor). Is there anything I
> should avoid?
I have an old-ish Radeon X700 in my desktop (Athlon X2 3800), and I
don't have to use proprietary drivers with it, and that makes me happy.
I can watch HD mpg2's from my mythtv downstairs and play ET,
urbanterror, gl-117, and lots of other 3d games. It flickers more than
with fglrx, or an nvidia card with the proprietary drivers, but binary
proprietary drivers make me break out in a rash.
So if you want unencumbered drivers, I would recommend an ATI-based
video card and Fedora 9 or some really recent distro with open radeon
I still can't run Compiz reliably, but I had the same symptoms with the
GeForce 6150 on the mobo as the pci-e Radeon, so I don't think it's an
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