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John A
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« on: May 21, 2011, 17:51:48 PM »

If buy a new computer. What processor is best for Linux in general?
AMD or Intel?
http://www.comegadata.se/CBC.aspx?q=c:100471

They often got those choises if look at computers shops.
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2011, 18:10:15 PM »

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AMD or Intel?
I have always used AMD because it gives you more processing power for your money here in the US. 
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John A
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2011, 18:17:35 PM »

AMD is cheaper in Sweden to. But how about drivers (3d effects) and so on?

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/linux/Pages/radeon_linux.aspx

http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/cs-010512.htm

Are it any advantage for Intel there or are they almost the same?
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2011, 18:28:52 PM »

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Are it any advantage for Intel there or are they almost the same?
Sorry, I can not help you there. 
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John A
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2011, 18:31:07 PM »

I understand. Its not easy. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2011, 18:36:22 PM »

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Its not easy.
That's for sure.  Unfortunately, the best way to learn about HW and/or SW is to bring it home and live with it for a while.
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2011, 23:38:24 PM »

Yes, same here for AMD.  I bought it because it was more affordable and so is mainly all that I am familiar with. 

As for 3D effects, I am impressed with Intel, or at least their on-board graphics, but this is from impressions from hardware from about 4 years ago and may also have to do with on board chipset type.  I read lines like this from nVidia wiki"The proprietary nature of Nvidia's drivers has generated dissatisfaction within free-software communities. Some Linux and BSD users insist on using only open-source drivers, and regard Nvidia's insistence on providing nothing more than a binary-only driver as wholly inadequate, given that competing manufacturers (like Intel) offer support and documentation for open-source developers, and that others (like ATI) release partial documentation and provide some active development"
But, this is only one source and one opinion. 
I have wondered why Intel does not make video cards.
Recently I had problems with Plymouth boot up graphics in another distro and it had something to do with nVidia proprietary drivers not supporting KMS.  I guess these problems are solved over the long run, but may be not or not soon enough.  I'd rather go companies that try to work out Linux solutions.
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2011, 23:41:03 PM »

But how about drivers (3d effects) and so on?
This is apparently going about video cards.
If so the only safe advice I can give is: Go for a nVidia video card. Grin
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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2011, 00:01:39 AM »

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Go for a nVidia video card.
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That's for sure.

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John A
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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2011, 01:37:58 AM »

Ok, thanks all. Smiley
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Sojourner
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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2011, 02:25:22 AM »

You might check Phoronix.com as I think I read there that the latest kernel is having problems with the Intel Sandy  Bridge processors ( or vice versa). Phoronix is heavily "Buntu" minded, so keep that in mind. You could also check Anandtech.com for the latest tests and recommends.

The processor is not the only consideration. Memory type is also important - dual channel - triple channel, and so on. I have an older box with an Intel and ECC memory that still is very fast with only a dual-core Intel. The MB and the memory make a huge difference.

Of course, it depends on the end-use needs - what do you want it to do?
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John A
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« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2011, 09:09:30 AM »

I use the computer to read, chat, write etc..
But dont play games with it.
Thanks for the tip.
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