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Re: Linux Distros


I'm running 32-bit Fedora 13 (upgrading to 14 as I write this) on an old
IBM ThinkPad A22p with an ATI Mobility 128 AGP 2X chipset. Quite frankly
it has been a struggle to keep Fedora running with the Linux R128
driver. The xorg system incorrectly detects the horizontal sync
frequency, so I had to compose and use a small /etc/X11/xorg.conf file
to get it running in full 1600x1200 video mode. Mine doesn't support 3D
at all, but I'm thankful I no longer have to use VESA which is now
almost completely useless.

I still use the GNOME desktop on this machine, but may have to step back
to something a little lighter weight like LXDE.


On Sat, 2010-10-30 at 17:34 -0500, Kevin Thomas wrote:
> For those of you who run Fedora, how would you describe its hardware 
> compatibility?  The reason I ask is because I have an older laptop (got 
> it in 2003) that has an ATI Mobility 9000 chipset.  I used to use Ubuntu 
> on my laptop, but it seems they have dropped support for this card 
> because I've had lots of problems with Ubuntu and graphics since 9.10.  
> I haven't been able to use 3D acceleration or advanced desktop effects 
> since Ubuntu 8.10.  I couldn't even get 10.04 to install correctly.  I 
> switched to Linux Mint and I had no problems at all.  I still can't get 
> advanced features from my graphics chipset (it seems to be using a 
> standard VGA driver), but at least I can do most of the things I need 
> to.  Anyway, I was thinking of installing Fedora 14 on this laptop in a 
> dual-boot with Linux Mint to see how I like it.  It works fine in a 
> virtual machine, but that's not always an accurate depiction of how it 
> will work once actually installed.
> Kevin
> On 10/28/2010 07:07 PM, Nathaniel R. Reindl wrote:
> > On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM, Bill Weiler<willyweiler@gmail.com>  wrote:
> >    
> >> I have Ubuntu 10.04 on my laptop and Fedora 13 on my desktop.  Both are dual
> >> boot Windows machines although I use Linux almost exclusively.
> >>      
> > I run mostly Red Hat derivatives these days since my desktop boxes are
> > either some recent version of Windows NT (Server 2008 R2 seems to be a
> > popular choice) or OS X.
> >
> > I'd run Ubuntu (or some other Ubuntu-inspired Debian derivative), but
> > I really can't see the point given that I have no use at all for
> > Canonical's Landscape management/monitoring platform, let alone things
> > like newer software versions.
> >
> > Besides, if I need newer versions of software (mostly things from
> > CPAN), I'll just rebuild the RPMs myself. :^)
> >
> >    
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