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Old 05-09-2005, 07:45 AM   #1
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Unhappy dual boot

hi all!

i curently work under winxp. one of the central jobs my system has to do is render 2d images. therefore i use a win32 based renderer called flam3
now someone told me that linux might help speed up the rendering times quite a bit.

question 1: will there be a difference in render performance?

question 2: if q1 is positive then i would like to run dual. what would i have to do to set up a linux system just for rendering issues?

please - everybody - be patient with me -> i am a linux super-newbie


my system:
amd 2500+ xp @ 3.200 ghz
msi mainboard
2x512 kingston sddr
Old 05-09-2005, 08:20 AM   #2
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You can maximise your rendering speed by minimising the amount of resources your operating system is using. The great thing about linux is that you can boot your system in text mode. This mode does not use much of your memory resources and could probable run on an old 486 just fine. Therefore yes booting and rendering all you images in text mode will definately improve the speed in which images are rendered as you will have more RAM and the processor is freed up from all the gui rendering. I would recommend you try linux out however it will be a bit of a learning curve for you especially using the text console.

Dual booting is set up when you install the linux system and is called a boot loader. Grub and Lilo are the most common.
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thx for your quick reply.
is there a special sort of linux i should consider?
i heard of mandrake etc.

i will only need linux for rendering issues ...



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