[LAU] ubuntu vs arch

Philipp Überbacher hollunder at lavabit.com
Wed Sep 21 08:51:39 UTC 2011

Excerpts from Ken Restivo's message of 2011-09-20 20:36:10 +0200:
> On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 06:32:30AM -0400, Paul Davis wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 2:32 AM, Atte André Jensen <atte at email.dk> wrote:
> > > Hi
> > >
> > > A friend of mine who would like to use his new UA-25EX with ubuntu on his (i
> > > think) x200 (at least it's a 2.4Ghz dualcore 64 bit thinkpad with 6 or so
> > > gigs of ram). A very nice machine, that should be great for setting up a
> > > linux DAW. However I cannot make it run without x-runs (did the usual
> > > limits.conf dance). Whenever a window is dragged, or there's disk activity
> > > or something like that there's an x-run.
> > 
> > you will likely need to check into the video driver that is in use.
> > although my 6 core system isn't as reliable as i'd like it to be,
> > things got a LOT better on the xrun front after i switched from the
> > nouveau driver to the proprietary nvidia one.
> > 
> > i used to be able to induce xruns by just moving the mouse pointer
> > from one monitor to another. now it takes a lot more than that. mostly
> > :(
> A more general question: are there any modern video drivers which DO NOT SUCK?
> i.e. are there any RT-safe video drivers anymore?
> I've stuck with old hardware using Intel Xorg open-source drivers, and always had good results. But if I ever needed new hardware I'm not sure what options would exist.
> -ken

My hardware isn't exactly new either, and low-end, but for me with very
recent linux the intel drivers work just fine. lspci says:
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960
Integrated Graphics Controller (primary) (rev 03)

Newer intel chips likely use completely different drivers, but the
hardware from a couple of years ago works fine.

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