graphics cards

From: John Aldrich 
What's the best graphics chipset to get for a Linux box these days? I'd 
like something that Linux will actually have a driver for and use to the 
full potential, unlike nVidia. I like nVidia cards, but you don't get the 
"enhanced" graphics from them under Linux like you do with Windows. :-(

Is ATI still the GPU of choice? Any particular manufacturer/model you guys 
like? I'm not looking for high-end here... just something that will allow 
me to play Doom or something similar without putting all the burden on my 
CPU and the on-board graphics. 

Oh, yeah... How do I tell if the slot on the motherboard is a PCI-X, PCI-x 
2.0, PCI-X 2.1, PCI-x16 or what?


=============================================================== From: Cameron Kilgore ------------------------------------------------------ Firstly, PCI-X and PCI Express are two different things. Secondly, I don't know. Back in the day it was Nvidia because ATI/AMD's Linux drivers were pretty horribad. That may have changed.

=============================================================== From: Adam Jimerson ------------------------------------------------------ John Aldrich wrote: =20 e=20 he=20 uys=20 ow=20 my=20 I'm pretty happy with ATIs under Linux, if you are running the 2.5.35 or higher Linux kernel then I would recommend using the open source Radeon (or for a very few Radeon HD cards use the radeon-hd driver*) drivers. They are to the point where they can out preform ATIs catalist driver when it comes to 2d and on most cards it has 3d support. It also has support for KMS, introduced in the 2.6.34 or 2.6.35 Kernel where as the proprietary driver does not. While the radeon driver supports almost all the radeon cards and a hand full of the radeon-hd cards it currently lacks HDMI support, but the radeon-hd driver has this support. The biggest downside to the radeon-hd driver is that development is a lot slower. I-x=20 As for that the best way to tell is open up the case and look at the slot, some mother boards are nice and even have what kind of PCI slot it is printed on the board.

=============================================================== From: Aaron welch ------------------------------------------------------ This is just sad... So...

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ Ati's are awesome for linux For windows, I use Nvidia Quadros or ATI FireGL proffessional cards. And despite review after review saying proffessional cards make poor gaming cards, every Quadro I've ever owned outlasted their equivilent consumer model by a year or two - Sent by an Android This is just sad... So...

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ I know I've personally explained this more than once on this list, and I even want to say to the same person.... but I'm too lazy to go search to jog my memory.

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------

=============================================================== From: Dave Brockman ------------------------------------------------------ Like I said, you're unlikely to find a PCI-X slot in anything other than a high-end workstation or server. Yeah, there's a reason I'm not jumping up and down to pay for a "1Gb" connection to the house. Although I would actually enjoy the opportunity to attempt to fill that with traffic off-network :) Regards, dtb