flip-mode wrote:What are you going to be doing on Linux? If nothing intense, you may just consider either a cheap second machine, or just a virtual machine.
.config - Linux Kernel v2.6.29-gentoo-r2 Configuration
┌───────────────────── Asus Virtuoso 100/200 (Xonar) ─────────────────────┐
│ CONFIG_SND_VIRTUOSO: │
│ Say Y here to include support for sound cards based on the │
│ Asus AV100/AV200 chips, i.e., Xonar D1, DX, D2 and D2X. │
│ Support for the HDAV1.3 (Deluxe) is very experimental. │
│ To compile this driver as a module, choose M here: the module │
│ will be called snd-virtuoso. │
│ Symbol: SND_VIRTUOSO [=n] │
│ Prompt: Asus Virtuoso 100/200 (Xonar) │
│ Defined at sound/pci/Kconfig:742 │
│ Depends on: SOUND && !M68K && SND && SND_PCI │
│ Location: │
│ -> Device Drivers │
│ -> Sound card support (SOUND [=y]) │
│ -> Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (SND [=m]) │
│ -> PCI sound devices (SND_PCI [=y]) │
│ Selects: SND_OXYGEN_LIB │
│ < Exit > │
nwillettjeffries wrote:@gameboy: Thanks. I'll consider ATI then since they're basically in a dead heat with NVidia right now on performance. Out of curiosity, no one ever developed an open driver for nVidia? Is that because nVidia never cooperated with the community on this?
@just brew it: It's true that Crunchbang is good on low spec systems and this obviously isn't going to be a low spec box. My reasons for using Crunchbang ahead of Ubuntu or Mint (or SuSE, Fedora, whatever) is just personal preference. I prefer openbox to gnome and I also like how crunchbang exposes me to a little bit more of the nitty gritty elements of the OS than ubuntu does. It forces me to learn a little.
The way it'll probably break down is that the windows end will be almost purely for gaming. I tend to do pretty much everything else in linux.
notfred wrote:What's the Ethernet chip on that motherboard, an RTL-8111 or similar? Old distros may need the driver from Realtek if it is but anything recent should handle it OK.
CasbahBoy wrote:How well your chosen distro will auto-detect the hardware and how far back kernel support for that hardware goes remains to be seen; 2.6.29 is bleeding edge and I haven't needed to look over the kernel's list of sound card drivers for well over a year.
nwillettjeffries wrote:Also has anyone tried Blu-Ray/HD-DVD players on linux? I know that the encryption is touch and go right now and honestly I'm not that interested in video playback of Blu-Ray/HD-DVD under linux. I can do that on Windows instead. But any BR/HD-DVD drive that I get will double as a cd/dvd drive on the linux side and I need to know if it will work as such. Maybe it would just be easier to run a standard dvd drive and forget about HD content entirely...
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