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With the rig in my sig except with an x1800xt, would Linux run fine. I think I heard that X-Fi's don't work well in Linux. Also can I play PC games in it. Also what is the best kind of Linux to use.
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The best kind for a linux noob would probably be ubuntu. Pretty much anything you need has a gui version and the community is very noob-friendly. You can get games to work - but I would suggest keeping a small (~30gig) windows partition for gaming. You have plenty of storage space so a windows partition shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Hardware wise you're probably going to have a headache. ATi has horrible linux drivers and creative refuses to release even a horrible x-fi driver. They haven't given us a thing for the past 2(?) years and have no plans to in the future . If you're wireless that may (depending on your adapter) be a whole other load of BS to deal with.

Don't let that scare you off, though. Once you set up your hardware once it will be a cinch (though possible a long cinch) to do should you reinstall/mess with other distros. If you get beryl running on your ATi card you will also see what eye-candy really means . Linux is great, but not for everybody. You may not end up switching, but you should definitely give it a try.
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I suggest reading a book and becoming familiar with commands.
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Go Ubuntu, nice and easy. I am using it now and it does everything I need it too (cept gaming but i don't realy care)

You will be able to do a lot of eye candy stuffs with that graphics card. My card can't handle it haha
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I suggest reading a book and becoming familiar with commands.
Don't bother. Doing > Reading.
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Ubuntu or maybe even OpenSuse. You won't have sound though, not if you keep that X-Fi; switch it to a cheap generic card, or even go onboard (sound quality in Linux is not that impressive anyways). The x1800 should work fine, particularly with OpenSuse (for some reason this distro gives me a much easier time with my ATI cards); the latest release of Ubuntu seems to have issues with the ATI installer, but the driver should install fine if you install it the "Ubuntu way" (get a precompiled package from the repos).
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post #7 of 11
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Don't bother. Doing > Reading.
Yup
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I gave up using Linux on my desktop because of the lack of any X-Fi drivers. However, I'm currently using it on my laptop and couldn't be happier.
post #9 of 11
For a newbie, I know everyone says ubuntu, but I think open SUSE 10.0 or 10.1 are the best choices, it comes with EVERYTHING you could ever want in linux, very easy.
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For a newbie, I know everyone says ubuntu, but I think open SUSE 10.0 or 10.1 are the best choices, it comes with EVERYTHING you could ever want in linux, very easy.
Yup. Yast can be a bit annoying in that it's slow as hell, but it sure is useful (but nothing can beat the good ol' command line ). It also tends to be over bloated with "useless" software (I don't use about 90% of the pre installed packages) compared to other trimmed down disros like Ubuntu, but that also means that one has an easier time with the distro from the start.
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