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Duke of URL: Linux Buyer's Guide #5

Oct 02, 2000, 05:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Mullen)

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"Since you haven't had enough, Pat churns out another Linux Buyer's Guide to help you build the ultimate Linux box that can make you the envy of your friends, peer, and enemies."

"Another month goes by, and Linux is still gaining momentum. About 6 months ago everyone was telling me Linux would be dead. I sure hope those people are kicking themselves for buying Windows Millennium. Now, even Linux companies are warning me that Linux is moving too fast! I don't see a problem in that, unless of course, you're trying to make a mint off the Linux community."

"What's new in Linux? Well, 3dfx hasn't gotten off of their butts and written any decent drivers, but Matrox has certainly come to the board with excellent drivers for their G450. Unfortunately, unless you're a corporate user (in which case, why would you care about DRI?), Matrox's latest chipset is somewhat a disappointment in the eyes of many users who utilize XFree86 4.0.x-gamers!"

"XFree86 4.0.x is finally gaining acceptance. Oddly enough, only one new release has made its way to the public, 4.0.1, which was primarily a bug fix and security patch. What is driving distributors like SuSE, Slackware, Red Hat, and Mandrake to finally choose XFree86 4.0.x? I think many distributors were very stubborn to include it because of stability concerns, but have finally learned, Linux is still rock-solid with it. In fact, I run it on my main box, and notice no problems with security at all."

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