About swap, I did not set a swap partition since I did not have a free partition set up for it (Apple partitioning seems finicky and resizing without formatting was only introduced in 10.5) and I was told since I have 1 GB SDRAM I shouldn't need it that much. I would still prefer not to lose my current OS 9 and OS X installs, so if I really need a swap partition and you could help me resizing the partitions somehow, I'd gladly go through the process. My current partitioning is OS 9, OS X, Linux and Files, give or take the padding Apple's partitioning generates, about 6 GB for each system plus 20 GB for the files partition (40 GB HDD).
I do understand that the 2D and 3D accelerations are different, and that just the FPS on a simple test shouldn't be taken as end-all benchmarking, but I just figured my iMac should be able to support -some- sort of 3D/OpenGL, given its performance on similar applications under OS X. I want to move from OS X to avoid being stuck with old, unsupported software, but I'd still like to be able to use my machine's hardware to the fullest. At the moment I haven't been able to run a Linux DE which didn't slow down when I did so much as dragging a big selection rectangle on the desktop (XFCE and LXDE), while the same machine is able to run OS X smoothly, so there doesn't seem to be anything that should be keeping me from having a reasonable Linux experience with it.A couple of points:
1. Don't get hung up on GLXgears and numbers. (...)
2. Comparing bugdom or flurry doesn't tell us much either. (...)
3. Determine if you want/need 3d support. (...)
4. Mesa 3d and EXA 2d are two different things.
If you have any more questions about my machine feel free to ask, and thank you very much for taking the time to help me.