[ubuntu-uk] Any recommendations for graphics cards?

Kirrus kirrus at kirrus.co.uk
Tue Oct 23 17:56:33 BST 2007

----- "Alan Pope" <alan at popey.com> wrote:
> <snip>
> c) Want to support free and open software and where available will
> use
> it, but sometimes will be pragmatic and use proprietary if there is
> no
> reasonable alternative.
> ..is more my camp.
> And b) doesn't always apply even with the nvidia binary driver.
> I have a desktop which ran 32-bit ubuntu quite happily for some time.
> I
> installed 64-bit Ubuntu on it and added the nvidia binary driver. As
> soon as the 64-bit binary driver was enabled, both screens went
> black,
> even after a reboot, even _during_ POST, there was nothing on the
> screen. I could ssh into the machine, but from the point I installed
> 64-bit binary driver there was no output on the screen where
> previously
> it worked fine under 32-bit ubuntu.
> <snip>
> For their very first corporate communication to a _customer_ to be
> that
> crappy I thought was pretty off. As a result I refuse to buy Nvidia
> products. They lost a customer that day.
> In the end I changed from DVI to VGA output on the card and it
> magically
> worked again under the 32-bit driver. There is nothing wrong with the
> cards, cables or monitors, all the same hardware works perfectly
> under
> 32-bit ubuntu, it's _only_ under 64-bit ubuntu with the 64-bit binary
> driver that it b0rks.

We've never come across that because we don't use 64-bit linux as a rule (even when we're on 64-bit processors). It takes too many _fun_ games getting stuff like Flash working in firefox. (Simple analogy to the evils of closed source. But there's not much we can do about it, so we stick with 32bit and wait for the OSS replacements to mature...)

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