My Linux Journal Day 2

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, Day 2

Today I tried setting Visual Effects from none to normal to see some cool visual effects (System > Preferences > Appearance > Visual Effects tab). I was disappointed when it didn’t work due to my system specs (the 2nd paragraph on the Upgrading from 7.04 to 7.10 post mentions some) but I was pleased when I realized Linux was getting more out of my NEC Multisync 70 monitor than:

  • Windows with the Nvidia driver or…
  • Linux with the Nvidia Legacy drivers

The max screen resolution using the Nvidia drivers was 800×600. But Linux, without the Nvidia drivers, runs the monitor at 1280×1024, the maximum resolution recommended by the manufacturer!

I also decided to subscribe to an RSS feed, so for expediency I used Mozilla Thunderbird which is already installed. I googled for a ubuntu tips and ended up choosing http://www.ubuntugeek.com/ as my first RSS.

2 Replies to “My Linux Journal Day 2”

  1. The desktop machine I am running here (Intel P4, 1GB Ram) doesn’t run the 3D effects, but the old laptop I have does.

    It’s the video card spec of course.

    On that I installed Beryl for some really nifty 3D stuff…

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