Friday, January 17, 2014

SecondLife : Linux and Older Computers : Performance Issues Explained

By Avatar JayR Cela

    If you are an avid Linux and SecondLife user, you fall into a relatively small and unique category. You should also be aware of the fact that the most recent Linux kernels have dropped support of older MB integrated graphic chipsets, and older video cards, AGP ? forget about it ! More and likely your S.O.L. it's just not going to work !! The dedicated kernels. headers and non-free propitiatory manufacturer driver support has been dropped in favor of the new Generic Linux Video Driver.

    I am a firm believer in recycling older computers that still have some life left in them, but eventually you get to a point of diminishing return. So what are you going to do ? Hopefully your not stuck with using a Lap-Top ( I refuse to own another one, ya can't fix em in most cases ) If however you have a desktop design with a dedicated PCIe video adapter slot, do yourself a favor and pony up a few buck's for a new Video Card, there are quite a few sub $100 U.S. ones available. Personally I am a die hard Nvidia person, but a lot of really decent cards from both AMD/ATI and Nvidia below the $100 price point are readily available.

    Example : Nvidia ( based 620 ) about 70$ give or take a bit.

Oh Well / Life moves on.

The bottom line is this, the generic Linux video driver, is still a work in progress, and so far the results are very mixed, they work great on Android tablets and smartphones, but really leave a lot to be desired in a graphic's intensive desktop environment platform such as SecondLife.

JayR Cela

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