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#1 moujik



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Posted 23 July 2007 - 05:11 PM

I'm buying comp comp to use for video editing.
i wonder if it's copmatible with linux:

http://www.webhallen...od.php?id=65138 1995
http://www.webhallen...od.php?id=61290 2245
http://www.webhallen...od.php?id=74948 2325
http://www.webhallen...od.php?id=73650 575
http://www.webhallen...od.php?id=75980 1149
http://www.webhallen...od.php?id=58174 790
Hard drive
http://www.webhallen...od.php?id=65464 695
http://www.webhallen...od.php?id=58438 995
Cooling CPU
http://www.webhallen...od.php?id=48002 249
http://www.webhallen...od.php?id=22645 59
Do I need a hard drive cooling?

i've never used linux before, i'm not sure which distro to use either.

dbe very thankfull if you could help me!


#2 danleff


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Posted 27 July 2007 - 10:59 AM

Don't know if it will be compatible with Linux, it depends on what Linux distro that you use. Your motherboard is not listed yet in the Compatability database

Are you plannng to use this box with just Linux, or a dual boot with Windows?

Are you going to use a RAID array or the drives as distinct "regular" drives?

If you are looking to use Linux for video editing, then you could try Ubuntu Studio.

A lot of distros (flavors of Linux) have Live CD versions that allow you to test the distro without installing it to the hard drive. This allows you to see if there are any issues with your hardware.
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#3 moujik



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Posted 28 July 2007 - 01:56 PM

Who do you turn to for the drivers?

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 11:09 AM

What specific "drivers" are you speaking of?

In Linux, hopefully the drivers (modules in Linux) are included in the Linux kernel, the core of the operating system. The newer the version of the Linux distro that you use, the better the chance that the modules are included in the Linux distro. Of course, the newer that your hardware is, there is a chance that the modules are not yet uncluded. This is also true for Windows, where manufacturers make drivers to make the newer hardware run.

Some manufacturers will support Linux, some not. In a majority of the cases, there are modules (drivers) available from a number of sources, since there are a number of Linux developers working on drivers to make newer hardware run.

So, if a piece of hardware does not work in Linux, then this is the time to ask the question about where to find the drivers.

As you may suspect, there can be hundreds of different ways that folks can have there systems set up with as many different hardware configurations. This is why I asked the questions that I did, such as if your system will be a straight sata system, or if you were planning to use a RAID array, since you noted two different model drives for your new system.

Live CD versions are great to try first, as you get an idea if your hardware is supported "out of the box." Most Linux distros also have a wiki page that keep a database of hardware and if that flavor of Linux runs on their systems (what does and does not). The compatability database on this site attempts to do the same.

Hopefully this is somewhat helpful, so feel free to ask any specific questions that you have as you start your journey with Linux.
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#5 moujik



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Posted 16 August 2007 - 07:35 PM

there's not much in compatibility database. is their list exhaustive?
i didn't know it'be so much struggle. i imagined nice smart people like danleff would direct me through it seamlessly.

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