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Old 03-08-2014, 08:49 AM   #1
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Brand new build


Ok over the years I have built many desktops. I have used all the major players in motherboards and other parts. Whenever an old one comes back, I install and attempt to enjoy Slackware, what ever the current number is at the time, but always an older worn out computer.

That said, I want to build a new one for Linux, so, what would you use in terms of MB, HDD, CPU, memory etc and include capacities please. I am a fan of Asus and AMD, and to this day I always add a new floppy drive, old habit, but if you have better suggestions I am open.

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Old 03-08-2014, 09:07 AM   #2
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I don't really build my machines around Linux. I build them for what I want them to do. Although I would say that nVidia GPUs seem to be better supported than ATI, at least with the proprietary drivers.
 
Old 03-18-2014, 01:16 PM   #3
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That said, I want to build a new one for Linux, so, what would you use in terms of MB, HDD, CPU, memory etc and include capacities please. I am a fan of Asus and AMD, and to this day I always add a new floppy drive, old habit, but if you have better suggestions I am open.
Tks,
Mike
I have a Gigabyte F2A88X-D3H (full ATX) board with a A8-6500 APU and 2x4 GB RAM (Kingston KHX1600C9D3/4), 1x 1 TB, 1x 500MB WD drives. I use the integrated GPU with the open source radeon drivers (kernel, DDX, mesa built from git). Works very well for wat it was built - web development, virtual machines, openvpn server, movies, light gaming, browsing etc (with the radeon OSS driver you even get useable hardware decoding via VDPAU). I have Debian Testing 64 bit installed on it.
Only thing i had to do is trick the it87 module (modprobe it87 force_id=0x8728) to be able to use the ITE monitoring chip which isnt supported OOTB by lm-sensors.

As for the floppy drive, im really curious what actual use they have nowadays? Not to mention that recent boards doesnt have floppy controllers anymore, but you can always use a USB one.
 
Old 03-19-2014, 02:08 PM   #4
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the floppy

I have two old cameras that take really great pics directly to floppy discs. So it is necessary for those and then there are like 100 old programs graphics etc that I still have on floppy.
 
Old 04-16-2014, 07:01 AM   #5
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the basic image quality of the floppy disk is very low. because its have very low space plus its take quite high time to load.
 
Old 04-16-2014, 12:37 PM   #6
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I have two old cameras that take really great pics directly to floppy discs. So it is necessary for those and then there are like 100 old programs graphics etc that I still have on floppy.
I had one of those, but I also had a floppy-flashcard/memory/tiny-thingie-that-saves-stuff adapter. Basically you'd stick the flash card into a fake diskette that you'd use in the camera, and save into that, with far more space, obviously. Then the computer itself doesn't need to have the drive, and all the advantages of not having such drive and using the tiny thingies instead.


Unfortunately I don't remember the name of these things. Doesn't help with the stuff you still have in diskettes, though, I'd hurry up to backup these to more modern types of file storage, while the drives for the old ones still exist, and the diskettes are still working.





As for the general question, I'm not sure if that's kept very up-to-date, but you may want to check the link in my signature.

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