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Old 12-11-2013, 07:20 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by flyingv2 View Post
Cannot install catalyst 13.1 legacy driver on 14.1 -> Rdesktop is painfully slow with opensource radeon driver.
You might want to look at AMD's website for the newest version of their Catalyst driver. I am using it, and it works well. Of course, if Rdesktop is fast enough for you, this might not be an issue for you.

If you do decide to go the Catalyst route, you'll have to create a soft link before you run the installer for it to successfully complete:

ln -s /lib/modules/3.10.17/build/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h /lib/modules/3.10.17/build/include/linux/version.h
Good luck!


Old 12-11-2013, 08:22 PM   #32
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Just curious but which desktop environment are you using? KDE? If so try switching the drawing method from XServer to OpenGL, or alternatively try Xfce as a desktop.

The Open Source Radeon driver is plenty fast for many AMD/ATI devices.

if things are still problematic, there is a SlackBuild for DRIConf you can try out. It works fairly well with the XOrg driver.
Old 12-13-2013, 02:15 AM   #33
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You might want to look at AMD's website for the newest version of their Catalyst driver. I am using it, and it works well. Of course, if Rdesktop is fast enough for you, this might not be an issue for you.
13.11 LINUX Beta V9.4 does not support Mobility Radeon HD3xxx...
Old 12-14-2013, 09:18 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by Woodsman View Post
There has been a long standing claim that Linux based systems are good for reviving old hardware. I have a PI and a PII. I updated those systems regularly when I updated my primary systems. Both now run Slackware 14.0 and both are horribly sluggish. Through the years I noticed both systems getting slower with each update.

This is not a rap against Slackware, which I have used for 10 years. Only a rebuttable against the claim.
The claim may have been valid for the 90s, where Linux was a hobbyist operating system, developed and used by people with poor access to new and expensive hardware (like students). Applications consisted mainly of (open source) Unix legacy from the 80s, usually running in text-mode.

The intention was "get your unix-like experience on a cheap PC without having to pay the unix-like price".

Today Linux runs on servers and supercomputers, Red Hat completely drops ia32 support in RHEL7. Contribution-based hardware support usually degrades within 3-5 years, when the affected hardware fells out of use. Distributors increase hardware requirements even faster than mainstream PC operating systems, because no-one runs a supercomputer with Windows XP and P5/P6 machines don't exist in datacenters anymore.

So Linux is a complete different thing now. You get a computing powerhouse, but you must be able provide the hardware for it - more like "Slowlaris" now.
Old 12-14-2013, 11:01 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by jtsn View Post
Today Linux runs on servers and supercomputers
Yep. According to this website, out of the 500 most powerful supercomputers listed, 482 run Linux, 2 Windows, 11 UNIX, 1 BSD, 4 mixed. And the 50 most powerful all run Linux.

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