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Old 07-29-2009, 02:42 PM   #1
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Ubuntu compatable hardware???

Hi guys i am looking to build a pc that i would like to use for gaming but i would like to run ubuntu as my main os and i was wondering whether most parts work with linux or whether i would have to buy certain hardware for it to work properly??
any help would be great thanks
Old 07-29-2009, 05:11 PM   #2
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first of all, did you have a look at this before posting: ?

here's what I experienced:
graphic chips: ATI and nVidia are no prob as long as you install proprietary drivers (Ubuntu has ways to do that automatically of you have internet on that PC); I don't have experience using ATI cards; Intel cards are supported by standard Linux tools (X11 drivers), though I don't know if all of them (my onboard chip works out of the box)
hard drives: I never experienced an issue with HDD's, anything from floppies to some TB mobile drives should be fine (though you can't exactly install Ubuntu on a floppy , USB drives can only boot if supported by the bios)
mainboards: same as HDD's, though sound cards and WLAN can be hairy (generally look at what chips are built-in, e.g. Intel sound should be working fine, but most others too)
ethernet: again, all I know that the hardware that I tried worked out of the box
WLAN: Now this can be hairy. For my WG311v3 chip on my NetLink card I need to use the windows drivers via ndiswrapper (a kernel module that uses windows "inf" files). But there are also a lot of wlan drivers in the linux kernel (my brother has a card that is supported by the kernel, I can only ask him next monday about that because he is away for a week)

Generally speaking, you don't need special hardware for Linux, especially if you don't plan to game under Linux.

Have a lot of fun.
Old 08-02-2009, 10:56 AM   #3
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Thanks I will you mentioned gaming under Linux???? Is this possible then??
Old 08-02-2009, 11:28 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Syrioth View Post
Thanks I will you mentioned gaming under Linux???? Is this possible then??
Totally possible! Many games run natively or if you absolutely must, then you can use wine or vm... to run many windows games. I think there are enough games available that will run on linux that will run on linux that would satisfy most. nextuiz and alien encounter are a couple that come to mind.
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I think it's worth mentioning that if you want to play games with Linux,buy an Nvidia graphics card.
The driver performance is pretty good and are generally fairly simple to set up.

Games that run natively that i'd recommend are Quake3,4,Etqw,Doom3,Ut2004.
Also Openarena is worth looking at.

Last edited by the trooper; 08-02-2009 at 12:11 PM.
Old 08-04-2009, 09:08 AM   #6
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ATI may be an option for your graphics card if you buy a very new one. If it's more than a couple of years old (I think 2) it won't be supported by ATI in linux. Drivers are being made by the open source community for older ATI cards, but they haven't been around for long and so it's going to be at least a year before they start making reasonable use of the hardware features available.

Nvidia is a much safer option for older cards, as the drivers have been worked on for a while. The graphics card will probably be the only piece of hardware you have to worry about that you've mentioned when you're making the switch.


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