Re: Thank You Ubuntu!!
Glad ye all have found Ubuntu® enjoyable. I was actually introduced to Ubuntu® by a roundabout route: Back in 2007, Wal-Mart® was selling the Everex® TC2502 economy mid-tower (1.6 GHz VIA® C7-D CPU and pc2500 chipset with UniChrome™ GPU), which ran a derivative of Xubuntu™ 7.10 rebranded as gOS® 1.0.1, packing the Enlightenment window manager. (Good OS LLC is now with the ages; Everex Systems is now a subsidiary of First International Computer, Inc., of Taiwan, ROC.) This TC2502 is, as of April 2014, a gPC™ in name only, having gone through two major rebuilds with a third in planning as I write this; but Ubuntu® has stayed through all the rebuilds - 8.04-LTS on the stock hardware, a short-lived setup with the still-in-the-rig Advanced Micro Devices® Athlon 64® X2 5600+ and an Elitegroup® mobo packing the nVIDIA® MCP78U chipset (sidelined by a bad BIOS that caused uncommanded shutdowns), and the current set-up with the same X2 5600+ on a Gigabyte® GA-MA78GM-S2HP (Advanced Micro Devices® 780G chipset with integrated ATi® RV600 GPU). The X2 5600+/MA78GM set-up has kept running through Dist-Upgrades to 10.04-LTS and (as of this writing) 12.04-LTS.
I never got the LinUX RT or Lowlatency kernels to run reliably on my equipment, however, so I am spec'ing out candidates for another rebuild: Intel® 3rd-Generation Core Processor™ i5-3570K, ASRock® Z68 Pro-3M motherboard (Intel® Z68 Express Set™), 8 GB DDR3-1600 RAM, and a new quartet of SATA hard drives. This upcoming build is slated to run Ubuntu® 14.04-LTS (which will also run on my current equipment under LinUX Kernel Series 3.13.0-generic), under LinUX Kernel Series 3.13.0-lowlatency (metapackage: linux-signed-image-lowlatency). Carryover gear from the current build definitely includes an Antec® TruePower® New™ 750 Blue™ (supersedes a 500W Athena Power® PSU that came due for rebuild in 2011, after itself superseding the stock 200W LiteOn® PSU) and a Mitsumi® FA404 3.5" disquette drive and USB 2.0 CF/Microdrive/SM/MS/SD/MMC reader/writer; potentially a Creative Laboratories® SB0350 PCI 2.0 audio card and SB0250 I/O Drive, dependent on stable video drivers for the Intel® Media Accelerator™ HD 4000 (integrated into the i5-3570K). Creative Technology, Ltd., not having released a PCI-Express product in the Sound Blaster® Audigy™ range with at least the functionality of the SB0350 (the new SB1550 lacks both an S/P-DIF input and provisions for an I/O Drive), I have left open a contingency for retrofitting an Advanced Micro Devices® Radeon® HD™ 6870 and Asus® XONAR® Essence™ STX™ II, which are already supported, respectively, by the X11 Organization and the Advanced LinUX Sound Architecture Project.
Last edited by bcschmerker; April 25th, 2014 at 05:49 AM.
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Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2HP / AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
Audio: Creative Laboratoies SB0350/SB0250 (PCI)
Video: Diamond Radeon HD 5450 (PCIe x16)