With an international crew of geeks at the ready (they were working on video drivers before I got stated) I have finally got my Linux machine up and running while looking and sounding good.
It has been a long and arduous task – and even today it reverted to some of its old habits; losing its Internet connection and sound functions.
The benchmark I had been running, “glxgears”, has gone from 130 fps to over 300 fps. When I switched to fewer colors, though still more than I can discern, the speed went to 600+ fps.
I have run a few screensavers and a ridiculous little game to stress the video system, and the computer has responded perfectly.
Now, what to do with the computer? It sits next to this perfectly competent Windows XP machine which can already do most everything.
I will be looking for some modeling and animation software to run. The Linux machine is the perfect testbed because I can dedicate the processor and not have to worry about bumping other things like mail or web browsing.
Still, the most important thing is, it’s running. I’m just not sure it’s currently, or permanently, stable.