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Re: [gNewSense-users] Detailed Supported Hardware List

From: David Couzelis
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Detailed Supported Hardware List
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 09:51:34 -0800 (PST)

> Did you install gNewSense and everything pretty much worked or did you 
have to mess around with some things?

I have not had to do any special setup when installing GNU/Linux on the 
computer that I built. All of my hardware works "out of the box". So 
far I have installed Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and gNewSense on it.

> does wireless work?

I don't have any wireless hardware.

> that motherboard supports coreboot?

I don't know if my motherboard supports Coreboot. Installing Coreboot 
hasn't been very important to me yet. Because it was my first time buying a 
motherboard and there are so many different versions of each motherboard, I 
decided to focus on making sure that it ran GNU/Linux very well.

>> ATI Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition 256MB PCI-E Dual DVI

> Do you have 3D acceleration?

In gNewSense I don't have 3D acceleration since it is currently removed 
from the distribution. Some examples of things I CAN do in gNewSense right now 
are I have my monitor at 1680x1050, I can watch full screen videos smoothly, I 
can use my computer with my LCD TV with an HDMI-to-DVI cable, I can play video 
games like LBreakout2 and LTris.

When I used Ubuntu I only used the free ATI driver but I was able to try out 
some 3D applications. I was able to use compiz fusion, 3D screensavers, and 
play TuxRacer. I'm pretty sure I played OpenArena (Quake III). Nexuiz did 
not work, I assume because the free ATI driver doesn't yet use all of the 
hardware in the video card. Anyway, in theory, when the license for 3D 
acceleration in GNU/Linux gets cleared up and it gets put back into gNewSense, 
then all of the 3D stuff I was able to do in Ubuntu with the free ATI drivers 
will also work in gNewSense.

One more thing, I have been following the development of the free ATI driver a 
bit. They have made huge progress with it and now support many more ATI video 
cards and features, but it seems that GNU/Linux distributions are a little slow 
in adding the latest drivers to their software repositories. It wasn't too 
hard for me to download and install a newer driver myself, but I didn't see 
any difference with my specific hardware.

Please let me know if you have any more questions!



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