[plug] Frustration

Jason Nicholls jason at mindsocket.com.au
Fri Sep 7 13:28:24 WST 2012

I have a mac mini but it's using the built-in sandy-bridge graphics and was
pleased that once I got a 2nd monitor things actually worked under linux! I
do get some weirdness like one screen going out of res/refresh range during
boot but it rights itself once X starts up. Also I don't completely like
the behaviour of Unity on Ubuntu 12.04 and I don't really have any way to
change things.

I'd say that unless you're a gamer then the built-in intel graphics are
more than fine plus they get pretty reasonable support. Not going to help
you Brad sorry and sometimes you don't get a choice in the matter. Clearly
you're a lot more capable than other people with the same problems, but
with something like graphics you really just want the thing to work...

FYI people I switched to the 3.5.3 kernel from the Ubuntu mainline kernel
ppa and 3D performance for the build-in intel graphics has improved
considerably. I can now play Urban Terror at full 1920x1200 @ 84fps solid,
it's awesome :)

On Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 1:20 PM, Leon Wright <techman83 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM, Lyndon Maydwell <maydwell at gmail.com>wrote:
>> > I wonder if I can install xmonad in OSX ??
>> You can, but obviously only under X11 on OSX. It's not really worth it.
>> On Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM, Brad Campbell <brad at fnarfbargle.com>
>> wrote:
>> > Sometimes I wonder why I stick with Linux....
>> >
>> > I have a 2011 iMac. It has a Radeon card in it. The machine has two
>> external
>> > display ports.
>> >
>> > When I bought the machine, I bought a 27" cinema display with it and
>> also
>> > connected up my old 24" DVI monitor.
>> >
>> > I spent 3 days hacking the kernel radeon driver to try and figure out
>> why it
>> > refused to drive the cinema display over the thunderbolt port.
> I really want to support AMD + Radeon, but between buggy Linux drivers and
> buggy windows drivers (I am a gamer, so dual booting is the path of least
> resistance when I'm time restricted), I just can't bring myself to buy one.
> I hate that the Nvidia card requires a binary blob, but it's a blob that
> has worked pretty well for me, for quite some time on both Linux + Windows.
> You're probably adding an extra niche problem with the Mac/Thunderbolt
> port combo as well, although I can't comment specifically on how much that
> differs from DVI ports x config wise as Apple doesn't get to see my money
> (at least in any way I control :P).
> Leon
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Jason Nicholls
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