Guys, I am more than willing to reinstall Ubuntu and give it another go, have nothing better to do. I did use Gnome classic, no Compiz, it made no difference.There is however one thing that will always keep me from dual booting Win 7 and Linux again on a gaming rig, and it's the fact that AMD do not support Eyefinity with the Radeon series of cards, which pretty much limits them all, and no, Nvidia are not an option, for reasons stated below. The only AMD cards that are supported, are the ATI FirePro cards. To get something similar in a FirePro spec wise to what I have now, is going to cost twice as much money, not worth it just to run Linux. As I stated earlier, it didn't look as good, probably because the AA wasn't working properly. And, as I said in another post here, if all you want to do is run a "vanilla" system, with no home cockpit stuff, or multi monitors, perhaps Linux works fine, but those are limitations I'm not willing to accept or put up with. Things work, or they don't, and for more advanced flight systems like mine, XPX just doesn't work properly in Linux, but it works fine in Windows, and gives me the same performance numbers.Right from AMD, and what I found when running Ubuntu 11.1 64bit with my ATI 6970.
I had the same problem in my 6-core, Radeon 6770 4GB Ubuntu 11.10 box, although HDR always was better than X-Plane on Win7. Switched to Gnome Classic without effects (no Compiz) and AA started working. Now I get twice the fps in Linux, so happy that I'm actually considering not booting Win7 again (wouldn't be able to play MW3 though...) :)
Laminar need to sort out their problems with AMD cards in XPX (more so the 7000 series), and it is their problem. The cards work just fine everywhere else, even in OpenGl environments, so it is a Laminar problem, contrary to what some may say, or have you believe over at the org. And AMD need to fully support the Radeon line of cards in Linux, with regards to Eyefinity. Just to add another, Nvidia need to manufacture a graphic card that supports triple monitor set-ups like AMD does with Eyefinity, having to buy two cards just to run three monitors is a joke. Until such time, Linux is not an option for setups like mine, as a "gaming system", that point needs to be stressed. If your not gaming, it's great.I do run a triple monitor setup and will never go back to one, I don't care how large the monitor is, its not the same peripheral view when the monitor is flat to your field of view, those side monitors need to be angled to get the "real world" effect. Now if someone made a 45" wide monitor (that's what I have with 3 monitors) that was curved in the outer thirds, I / we would be in business. You could have bought one back in 2009, a Ostendo 43" curved monitor, it was going for $8000 at the time.Anyways, to summarize. Even when I had Ubuntu on my system and was testing against Windows 7, there was no difference in performance, neither one was any better than the other. So, I suppose if all you want to do is run a bare system with no added hardware functionality, Linux is fine, other than that I wouldn't bother, the benefits are just not there. You also have the drawback of not being able to run a multitude of other Windows only software. I did try Linux only for a while, and tried to get Windows stuff to run in "Wine", or "VMWare", and they ran, but not as well as they did natively in Windows. So for all these reasons, Linux is not a viable option for me, fine if you run a basic setup, my opinion of course.Glen
- 1. ATI Eyefinity technology can support up to 6 displays using a single enabled ATI Radeon™ graphics card with Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems - the number of displays may vary by board design and you should confirm exact specifications with the applicable manufacturer before purchase. ATI Eyefinity technology works with games that support non-standard aspect ratios, which is required for panning across multiple displays. To enable more than two displays, additional panels with native DisplayPort™ connectors, and/or certified DisplayPort™ adapters to convert your monitor’s native input to your cards DisplayPort™ or Mini-DisplayPort™ connector(s), are required.
- ATI Eyefinity technology can support multiple displays using a single enabled ATI FirePro™ professional graphics card; the number of supported displays varies by card model. Microsoft® Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, or Linux® is required in order to support more than 2 displays. Depending on the card model, native DisplayPort™ connectors and/or certified DisplayPort™ active or passive adapters to convert your monitor's native input to your card's DisplayPort™ or Mini-DisplayPort™ connector(s) may be required. See www.amd.com/firepro for details.