Posted on 2006-04-30
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i am thinking of installing linux ubuntu operating system
on amd opteron 144
1 gig dual channel ddr 400
ati all in wonder
sound blaster audigy
80 gig seagate sata hd
how compatible is this os with peripheral devices such as mine?
is ubuntu faster than xp?
any downside to this os?
Question by:petey301
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the only problem i see is your all-in-wonder card. if it's a newer card that has a cx23881 chip, you *might* be ok there (drivers are http://bytesex.org/cx88/ ).. but i wouldn't count on getting something like mythtv running on it. if you are thinking about setting up pvr, i'd take a look at the supported hardware at mythtv.org and pick up a different tuner card.

other than that, you should be ok.

the major drawback to almost any linux distribution, including debian-derived ones like ubuntu, is the lack of support for "non free" or restricted media formats. for help in getting things like dvd's to work, see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RestrictedFormats

i'm running breezy on my main linux desktop and have all the 'goodies' working just fine in it by (mainly) following the instructions in the starter guide. peer to peer support to help you get things set up can be found at http://www.ubuntuforums.org/

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if you had xp on your computer previously would you switch to linux ubuntu?
is the main attraction............only ...................that ubuntu is free ............and thats why it merits a try over xp?
i dont really see any advantages with linux
maybe there even more drawbacks with linux because of miniscule support...........technical and popular numbers of use over xp
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would i switch if my current winxp system had and did everything i needed, and it was my only computer? probably not.

if you don't have a 2nd computer you could install linux to, i'd suggest test driving the live cd first.. also note that the next version of ubuntu (dapper drake) is set for release in a month's time.

if you only have the one computer and you want to install linux, i'd consider adding a second drive in the computer so you can install linux to that while leaving windows alone, to create a dual boot system so you can choose, at startup, which operating system you want to use, linux or windows.

cost is a major factor in the popularity of linux, but it's about much more than that. it's about freedom. freedom from restrictive commercial software licenses and file formats.

support can be hard to find, which is why i pointed you to ubuntu's excellent user forums. you normally can't just calls someone up on the phone for linux help.. you'd need to purchase a commercial version that included telephone support in order to call the vendor for support.. and you run into the simple fact that most people you know are running windows, not linux, so a usual source for local help doesn't exist.

look for a local linux users' group if you want to meet others in your area that run linux. they can be a valuable resource.

my migration at home was hindered because i didn't have a linux compatible printer. now that i have an old hp laserjet, that was no longer a problem, so things just progressed from there. i do have numerous computers, so i have never been without one (with crucial net access when you need to look something up or download something) even when i'm in the middle of an operating system installation.

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