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    Phoronix: What Linux Users Need To Know When Holiday Shopping For PC Hardware

    If you plan to upgrade your Linux desktop hardware in the near future or will be shopping for new PC hardware this holiday season, here's a few words of advice on recommended components and manufacturers to go with for the best Linux hardware experience.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=18172

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    One of the few Intel driver complaints is that they don't yet have any OpenCL stack for interacting with the modern Intel graphics cores in linux
    Just to clarify the situation a bit.

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    • #3
      They need to know there's always Windows to save them from an open source trainwreck ;-)

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      • #4
        Some motherboard vendors also have BIOS/UEFI issues under Linux, but those tend to be isolated to specific product models rather than being generic to a given vendor.
        now that would be a good addition to this article, a list of boards which don't allow to disable uefi via the bios and thus give problems

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        • #5
          nice info, thanks for sharing.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Xilanaz View Post
            now that would be a good addition to this article, a list of boards which don't allow to disable uefi via the bios and thus give problems
            Many Acer laptops for one.

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            • #7
              There is a very Freedom Friendly shop I recommend not included on the list.

              https://www.thinkpenguin.com/

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              • #8
                As far as using open-source drivers... If you are an open-source zealot
                Really? REALLY?

                I mean, I can maybe understand some site like CNET labelling those demanding FLOSS as zealots, but HERE?

                Way to make me feel alienated. Eff.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hubick View Post
                  Really? REALLY?

                  I mean, I can maybe understand some site like CNET labelling those demanding FLOSS as zealots, but HERE?

                  Way to make me feel alienated. Eff.
                  A good note. Somehow I missed that. Should read more carefully.

                  It begins to be the time to enable addblock or whatever for this site.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hubick View Post
                    Really? REALLY?

                    I mean, I can maybe understand some site like CNET labelling those demanding FLOSS as zealots, but HERE?

                    Way to make me feel alienated. Eff.
                    Alternative is proprietary slut.

                    I prefer the first choice.

                    This guy prefers the second one:

                    Originally posted by birdie View Post
                    They need to know there's always Windows to save them from an open source trainwreck ;-)

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                    • #11
                      Don't paint NVIDIA in rosy colours they're not that good. I have issues with both their blob and the free drivers. Try switching between displays several times in a row usually after 5 switches or so you'll get some error message with the blob (or crashes occur if you use nvidia-settings), and you just get crashes with the nouveau drivers. Also crashes at other times. If you want a stable laptop and use external monitors avoid them.

                      Oh, and OCZ SSDs? Seriously, you don't have to look far to find advice to avoid those. Try Amazon reviews.

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                      • #12
                        I think the whole article, while giving good information, was a little bit trollish.

                        1. At phoronix start discussion about graphics chips, and you can only expect heated discussion, if succesfull.

                        2. Call those preferring Free Software as Zealots, and you can only expect heated discussion, if succesfull.

                        I got trolled after reading the comment





                        GJ.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cyborg16 View Post
                          Don't paint NVIDIA in rosy colours they're not that good. I have issues with both their blob and the free drivers. Try switching between displays several times in a row usually after 5 switches or so you'll get some error message with the blob (or crashes occur if you use nvidia-settings), and you just get crashes with the nouveau drivers. Also crashes at other times. If you want a stable laptop and use external monitors avoid them.

                          Oh, and OCZ SSDs? Seriously, you don't have to look far to find advice to avoid those. Try Amazon reviews.
                          Had no crashes at all.

                          Noveau is a mine-field, true. For example pre GF3 hw is broken, but nv 8000 series is completely usable with it, but anything fermi and up is hard (I think).

                          I don't favor nvidia however, but you need their driver only to use their hardware, its their choice.

                          The thing is, gfx hardware vendors on x86 are all ugly in various ways. The only way to change that is to start opensource gfx company from scratch with a serious policy.

                          You get further DRM development with Intel and AMD (on arm), and nvidia never accepted opensource.

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                          • #14
                            Nice article, actually enjoyed reading it and gives me something to think about.

                            I also noticed the "zealot" part but as the dude said earlier in this thread, I'd rather be a open-source zealot than a proprietery slut

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ElderSnake View Post
                              Nice article, actually enjoyed reading it and gives me something to think about.

                              I also noticed the "zealot" part but as the dude said earlier in this thread, I'd rather be a open-source zealot than a proprietery slut
                              I agree. I would use the words proprietary droid, though. Or proprietary sheep

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