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Re: Disappointment with Linux

__/ [ Black Dragon ] on Saturday 01 April 2006 20:22 \__

> Black Dragon wrote:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> __/ [ Black Dragon ] on Friday 31 March 2006 01:18 \__
>>>> This weekend I'll be booting that Knoppix disk just for kicks on a brand
>>>> new system built solely for gaming. The system is now running Windows XP
>>>> 64 bit trial, and it works flawlessly. I have no doubt that when the
>>>> trial times out I'll be happy to purchase the OS. The MSI (K8N Diamond
>>>> Plus) mobo is based on the Nvidia nForce4 chipset and is loaded with all
>>>> the spiffy goodies gamers (my son in this case) need. I'd be mighty
>>>> impressed if the SLI (dual Geforce 7900 GT GPUs in 16x PCIe slots)
>>>> graphics worked from the get-go. Same if it recognizes either of the on
>>>> board SATA RAID controllers. If I'm happy with what I see I'll likely go
>>>> buy some more hard disks and a boxed SuSE distro and attempt to take a
>>>> full install for a ride.
>>>> Unless somebody has a better suggestion about Linux distros' for cutting
>>>> edge hardware that is.
>>> SuSE would probably be perfect. As long as you needn't *chokes* pay for
>>> it as a corporate client.
>> Cool. Now that my son has been hearing good things about Linux and gaming,
>> that is, that some of the games he plays Linux versions out-perform the
>> Windows versions, my own interest in Linux is slowly being revived. :-)
> Well, Knoppix booted on the new machine but it had no sound, no network,
> and no hard disks. That makes it quite useless, especially with the lack of
> network connectivity. I wanted to save the output from dmesg but had no
> place to write it. :-(
> I did find after doing some research that I'd have to compile drivers into
> a Linux kernel to get sound, networking, and hdds working, and even then it
> wouldn't support the SLI display. That's way too much work to do to not be
> able to utilize the hardware to its full potential, so it looks like
> gaming on Linux waits.
> Subject: Disappointment with Linux
> Indeed. :-/

Knoppix?!?! Why? I hear of it most frequently in the context of live CD's and
data recovery (for Windows). I never tried Knoppix, but I'd advise you to
try Ubuntu, or even SuSE. They never let me down.

The following was published today:


Also see a thread (or threads) on games in C.O.L.A. I recently mentioned
http://tremulous.net/ , which was mentioned again today, so I installed it
successfully. It just needs OpenGL to be supported, which was fine with my
SuSE and Ubuntu install apart from when I go dual-head display.

Best wishes and thanks for the advice on my old Presario.


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