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Linux I volunteer as tech support for a small organization. For years we relied on Ubuntu on our desktops, but the users didn't like it when Ubuntu switched to the Unity interface. This article tells about our search for a replacement and why we decided on Xfce running atop Linux Mint.
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RE[6]: I'm in the minority but
by Morgan on Mon 24th Jun 2013 11:25 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: I'm in the minority but"
Morgan
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That's been my experience too, in fact Windows 7 even downloaded the graphics card driver when I started using a GeForce card. I still went to Nvidia's site for the more current and complete driver as some games complained about the Microsoft provided one though.

The interesting bit happened when I decided that the Intel Sandy Bridge GPU built in to my machine was good enough for the simple games that I play, and I gave my GeForce card to a friend in dire need for his 3D modeling courses at school. My machine has built in VGA and DisplayPort outputs, and my LCD monitor has VGA and DVI inputs. In Windows, I got native resolution using VGA, but in any OS that uses Xorg I could only get 640x480, if anything. After days of tinkering to no avail I gave up and decided to pick up a DisplayPort-to-DVI adapter. That fixed the issue immediately, and even improved the picture quality on Windows (all OSes now saw my LCD as a "built-in" monitor and defaulted to its native 1600x1200 res).

All of that tinkering and research should not have been necessary. Intel is the most "open" of the GPU manufacturers when it comes to alternative OSes, and I would think that any GNU/Linux based OS would instantly support it. Supposedly a fix for this obscure issue is coming, but as most people don't use VGA connectors these days I don't see it happening in the long run. Sandy Bridge is "old" tech and the trend in the open source world nowadays is beating Microsoft and Apple to the finish line, not supporting old 2011 era tech like mine.

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