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Old 11-16-2004, 05:47 PM   #1
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I had a question about and when used as the Window Manager for Linux. What exactly are the differences between them? I ask for two reasons:
1. When I go to, under their downloads section is a link to

2. I work for a school and we are purchasing new computers that come with an ATI Radeon X300. These cards are needed to support our DirectX 9.0c course next semester. This course will be taught in the same lab as our Linux Administration course so the machines need to dual-boot.

Anyways now that I have given you my life story:

According to ATI this card only has Xfree86 drivers. Now to the big question:

Would Fedora Core 3 (comes with be able to work with this Xfree86 driver supplied by ATI (That is assuming Anaconda doesn't get the setup of the card right the first time. {Also assuming Anaconda can even pick up on the card to begin with})?

If it doesn't how much of a pain would it be to "make it work"? I have some basic shell scripting skills, have been using Linux for 6 months (Fedora Core and a bit o' Slack), and I have some basic C,C++, Java programming background.

Thank you very much for your time.
Old 11-16-2004, 06:42 PM   #2
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It's not difficult to make it work. At least it wasn't with the previous versions of Xfree86 to make Ati Radeon work. However, I think that X11 is the continuing of the XFree86 project, so I believe it has greater support for graphic cards. I suggest making a test machine first and try it out on it.

One more thing: if ATI supplies the XFree86 drivers for the card, it shouldn't be hard to install. They have good instructions usually.


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