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Duke of URL: Linux Buyer's Guide #4

Sep 02, 2000, 19:05 (0 Talkback[s])

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"I knew it would happen! What happened in the world of Linux hardware this month? Virtually nothing. Of course, there is always new products coming into the market, which bumps prices around and creates new possibilities for our high-end machines."

"One recent development has been NVidia's lawsuit against 3dfx. While I'm not a particular supporter of 3dfx, I do appreciate their advances with FSAA and work to push the machine of NVidia to create better cards. I think even if 3dfx isn't number one, they're still integral to this market, and without 3dfx, I think NVidia can certainly start taking advantage of its customers like it has been accused of doing with webmasters. Will they? It's hard to say, but we've seen the effects of diminished competition many times in this industry, and it just isn't pretty."

"With ATI moving in, that can raise some eyebrows. Their Radeon has made an excellent bid, but has already been bested by the pre-production NVidia GeForce2 Ultra. One thing we do know from experience is that NVidia has a history of changing specifications on their cards right before release, which has happened more than once in the past. On top of that, if you don't have $500 to spend on a graphics card, you'll need to either settle on a cheaper card, or empty your bank account."

"The graphics card industry is no stranger to quick movement, and the same goes for the microprocessor industry."

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