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I was browsing around for a few hours and I had some doubts regarding Linux and its future(by itself and its relation with other techs). Here they are, I would be happy if someone could answer them:
1.I read in an APU processor review that Linux would get HSA support first (both in the OS itself and in software). Obviously, some software has already been designed (Libre Office) .But aren't they also designed to work using GPUs as well? I've heard LibreOffice can run faster on better GPUs is that true?And what are other such software that are being coded like this (using newly introduced coding methods like HSA)?
2.I haven't seen yet how to dual-boot Windows and a Linux OS. How can I do that?Can anyone link me to a guide?
3.Since I'll be building an AMD rig,will I experience worse performance when I'm using Linux than a comparably powerful Intel PC?
4.I've seen and heard about the Ubuntu Studio distro. How different is it from the normal Ubuntu? Does both have the same software support?
5.Why is Linux sometimes preferred for mining?

I'll probably have more questions,and I'll ask here instead of spamming and being annoying, so forgive me one last time everyone!
    
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1) When support does come (depends on AMD actually) things will pick up.

2) GRUB will take care of dual boot easily as long as you install Linux after Windows. You need separate for Linux and Windows though; IE either a separate drive or another partition on the same drive. It is really so simple for most distros that hardly anyone mentions it because of how simple it is.

3) AMD in general is slower than Intel regardless of OS. That's just the basic truth of the architecture designs both companies are using. In Linux if you really wanted to you could probably squeeze at most about 5% extra performance out of AMD parts if you custom compiled everything (like Gentoo or LFS for example). But considering the amount of work required I can't say I'd recommend it. That said, both are generally faster in Linux than in Windows.

4) Ubuntu Studio is basically normal Ubuntu with a different focus and some changes in the packages that come with it by default. Unless you are thinking about doing some kind of audio or video production there really isn't a reason to use it.

5) No cost for the OS. Lighter weight; means the CPU/GPU aren't interrupted to do other things as often like they would be in windows.
     
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Thanks for the reply!
2. I'll install Win first. Then all I need is to download the said application and have a copy of the .iso file?
3.''cough'' ''cough'' good.Faster than those on Win. biggrin.gif
4.Will it be very different or can I download the software installed on it from the Ubuntu(no-Studio) SC? I'll be (trying) to PP RAW files from my camera.
    
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Thanks for the reply!
2. I'll install Win first. Then all I need is to download the said application and have a copy of the .iso file?
3.''cough'' ''cough'' good.Faster than those on Win. biggrin.gif
4.Will it be very different or can I download the software installed on it from the Ubuntu(no-Studio) SC? I'll be (trying) to PP RAW files from my camera.

2) Yes install windows first. But you should check out the "essentials threads" in these forums. There's an article by Shrak that covers how to install Ubuntu. GRUB is included by most distros including Ubuntu. One thing is that you should make sure you understand how to deal with UEFI if your motherboard has it. It can be a problem along with "secure boot".

3) Faster only when the software has been given the same care and so on. Conditions can't always be completely equal but when they are as close as they can be it generally favors Linux. However, gaming right now is quite random as an example. For instance many people have better fps in Linux through using WINE or through Steam ported games yet I have significantly worse performance and some others do as well. There's a large bit of variation there but considering Steam has only been about a year on Linux officially it should get much better.

4) If you're looking to audio production work I would recommend going for the Studio version; with the video and picture side of things there's less reason from what I understand as you can install those applications in any buntu version and not have to mess with the kernel as much as you would on the audio end. Though I personally recommend enabling threaded irqs and have a guide for milking the most out of pulseaudio (the default sound server which is kind of meh out of the box but can be pretty damn good if you work it).
     
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Ok man, thanks!
4. I'll only be doing photo editing work. So I'll go for Ubuntu.
    
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2.I haven't seen yet how to dual-boot Windows and a Linux OS. How can I do that?Can anyone link me to a guide?

A lot of Linux distros will let you install along side Windows and will install their own boot loader. Of course, you can set things up manually, and guides are all over the place (just use a search engine), but the former method will usually be perfectly sufficient.
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3.Since I'll be building an AMD rig,will I experience worse performance when I'm using Linux than a comparably powerful Intel PC?

If they are comparably powerful, you will experience comparable overall performance.
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5.Why is Linux sometimes preferred for mining?

It's free, and often handles piles of GPUs better than Windows.
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BTW, Regarding Studio distros - by default these use very snappy, low-latency kernels. These can be exceptionally good for gamers as well as audio/video work. This should not be construed as a binary reason to get the whole distro since it is possible to install these kernels in addition to the default kernel on a non-Studio version.

One of the really cool things about Linux, impossible on Windows, is having multiple kernels available to boot the same basic OpSys. Just make sure your bootloader adds the new kernel instead of replacing the original before you reboot. This is almost always the case so don't fret about this either. I just mention it for the sake of clarity and care. I like to check any automatic processes manually and never assume it did what I want before I commit.
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A quickie; how do I get my printer to work?
    
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All printing stuff is done through CUPS. First thing I would do is Google your printer name and cups and see what shows up.
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