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How do I choose a graphics card for Linux?

I'm building or buying a new Linux system, and I'm trying to select the best graphics card for my needs. How do I go about making this decision? There's dozens of computer-gear review sites which ...
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How is the linux graphics stack organised?

Can anybody explain(hopefully with a picture), how is the linux graphics stack organised? I hear all the time about X/GTK/GNOME/KDE etc., but I really don't have any idea what they actually do and how ...
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Creating a GIF animation from PNG files

Is there a tool to create a gif animation from a set of png files? I tried the convert command from the ImageMagick suite, but this doesn't always succeed. Also, I have several issues with this: I ...
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View pdf file in terminal

I want to see pdf files available on our cluster rather than copying them into my local machine and than visualize. Please tell me how can i do this.
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No framebuffer device: how to enable it?

I'm trying to make a PCMCIA tuner card work in my headless home server, running Debian Squeeze. Now, as I have very big troubles finding the correct command line to capture, transcode end stream the ...
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How do I set default brightness after boot?

Linux Mint 12 (64bit), on an Acer Aspire 7730g. Upon every boot, the screen brightness is set very very low. Easily fixed via the function keys, but still a very annoying thing to do after every boot. ...
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How can I use my TV as a second display over HDMI on Linux at its native resolution?

My TV is a Philips 19PFL4322. It's native resolution is 1440x900 . My laptop's graphics card is a ATI Radeon HD 3650, using the open source radeon driver on X.org server 1.10. If I connect them via ...
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How to check which GPU is active

I have 2 GPU's in my netbook. How do I know which one I'm actually using at any given moment?
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Is it possible to view media on the console?

I know the console (outside X11, e.g. /dev/tty1) works in text-mode, but I think if it is possible to play music using programs like cvlc and mplayer, it should be possible to view pictures and watch ...
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How to find out which X11 driver system is using?

How to find out which X11 driver system is using? For my chip openchrome is the best driver but I suspect that system is not using it. I just need at least 2D acceleration. How can I check? Here is ...
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How to make changes in nvidia-settings tool persistent

I want to disable VSync (it's called "Sync to VBlank" in nvidia-settings) for my nvidia graphics card. But the configuration only takes effect if I start the nvidia-settings tool. After rebooting ...
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Laptop VGA Output Randomly Changes Name Between VGA1 and VGA2

Periodically (every few reboots by the look of it) my external VGA output on my Laptop changes name between VGA1 and VGA2. For example right now xrandr is displaying: timp@helez:~$ xrandr | grep VGA ...
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Enabling 1366x768 resolution in Debian Wheezy on Atom D525 Board

For some reason, when I try to update to a modern version of Linux from Debian 6.0.7 or Ubuntu 10.0.4, I lose most of the resolutions that were available, including the native resolution of the panel ...
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How do I configure Xen GPU passthrough for my AMD Radeon GPU?

I have an Ubuntu Server 12.10 setup with Xen 4.2.0 installed (compiled from source) and an AMD Radeon 7750 GPU. My Xen installation appears to be working and I can create virtual machines for example. ...
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What graphics card is “best” in 3D on Linux? [closed]

I've been wondering about this for a while and my usual resources don't seem to really know. The base question is; which 3D card performs the best on Linux (any distro)? But of course, the question ...
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What is the state of open-source Poulsbo/GMA 500 drivers?

Currently, a causal browse through a number of Linux distros show spotty Poulsbo drivers at best. Has any headway been made recently towards either convincing Intel to coax the driver source out of ...
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Recommend a Linux Distribution for my use

I have no experience with Linux. I'm looking for a distribution which is beginner friendly. Ubuntu looks great. My usage for this system will include web development, and possibly application ...
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Graphics in TTY

Something has come up which demands me to work only in command line. My primary job is programming (mostly in Fortran and Octave) and I need to display plots. As a lame example: I open octave and ...
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Graphical interface on a remote server?

I've got a VPS with Debian running on it. I connect to it using SSH and configure it in a console mode. Now I want to install some graphical interface to it and use my VPS in graphical mode from my ...
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How to visualize directory tree structures?

I know I can use tree to show the nested content of a directory. Alas, its output is hardly beautiful as I want to include it in a documentation. So eye-candy is a requirement. So I was wondering if ...
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Linux support on 2012 MacBooks

I want to buy a 2012 MacBook with the Retina Display. Does it work well with Linux?
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help needed to decipher this Acer Aspire 4830TG ACPI code for Nvidia Optimus

I am trying to make sense of the following NVOP Method from the ACPI tables for an Acer Aspire 4830TG with an Nvidia Optimus hybrid graphics system. The NVOP method on top defines a bunch of ...
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How to switch between GPU's

How can I switch between two GPU's on-the-fly using Ubuntu 11.04? I have an Asus EEE1015PN intel N550 with two GPU's: GMA3150 and Nvidia ION2. For example Windows 7 will switch to the bigger CPU when ...
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Xorg not working on Arch Linux

I installed Arch i686 on a VirtualBox VM (I have an nvidia GT610). I ran the following commmand as root: pacman -S nvidia After installation and rebooting, I ran pacman -S xorg-server xorg-xinit ...
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Setting up a 3 monitor display?

I currently have a Radeon HD 5750 graphics card and an M3N78-PRO motherboard. I use both outputs of my graphics card for a 2 screen display. I use xrandr at boot to set up my two screens. However, I ...
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Linux 3D graphic libraries

What libraries can be used for 3D graphics on Linux? Are there big differences for 3D graphics programming between Linux and Windows? I found about DirectX and OpenGl by searching, but I'm not sure ...
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Linux support for new Sony Vaio Z external graphics card?

The new Sony Vaio Z series laptop comes with a media dock that has a USB connection (Light Peak) to an external AMD Radeon graphics card. What is the support for devices like this in Linux?
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How to enable OpenGL rendering on Fedora 18 with an Intel Corporation 82852/855GM? [closed]

On an older laptop that runs Fedora 18, and has a Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device, I cannot get OpenGL to run on it. In fact, I have no 3D acceleration whatsoever. I have ...
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Cannot set up screen panning in Ubuntu with xRandR which states that it cannot find the modes

I am using a Samsung n150 netbook with a 10.1 inch screen and it has a maximum screen resolution of 1024x600. I am running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and want to enable screen panning for a larger virtual ...
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Are there any distributions with a working on-the-fly hybrid graphics switcher?

vga_switcheroo is used in many distros (including Arch), but it would be nice to have real-time switching.
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Drawing a state machine from logs

I have logs in the following format: 03/22/2011 14:45:06;0001;PBS_Server;Svr;PBS_Server;svr_setjobstate: setting job 35707.arien.ics.muni.cz state from EXITING-RETURNSTD to EXITING-STAGEOUT (5-51) ...
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Getting OpenGL to work under Ubuntu

I have an Intel graphics card, of which I can't tell whether or not it's being recognized. When I go through GUI to the System Info section, it states that my graphics card is unknown. Despite this, ...
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How to get dual graphic cards working under Linux?

My laptop is Dell Inspiron 5420, with two graphic cards: Intel HD Graphics 4000 Nvidia GeForce GT 630M I took the Thinkpad T400 configuration guide as an example to configure my Linux, but I only ...
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Is there a command line tool for image manipulation?

I'm searching for a tool for command line image manipulation. I want something similar to pinpoint presentation tool where I edit a file and can directly see the results on another window. I can get ...
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Display Server vs. Window Manager vs. Graphics Driver?

I am trying to sort my understanding of the different part of graphics on Linux, and I am confused as to the roles played by each of the following concepts. Display Server Window Manager Graphics ...
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What's stopping video cards from being utilized to their full capacity on Linux?

Why do video cards have better quality on Windows? Is there something about Linux that stops video cards from being utilized to their full capacity? What would it take to get the best possible ...
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Should I update my Fedora or not?

Here is my problem. My laptop has an NVidia Geforce 310 M graphic card. And since kernel 2.6 I had problems with the display. I had to use nomodeset option in the grub, if not my screen will be off ...
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I can't login to the graphical interface after a fresh installation of Debian?

I installed Debian 7.3 along with Windows 7, on my Acer Travelmate 2480 (1.73-GHz Intel Celeron M, 80GB HDD, 1GB RAM, Mobile Intel 945GM/GU Express graphics). I downloaded Debian CD-1 and checked its ...
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Can't run certain fullscreen applications

I have a dual screen setup which I've configured by running this command at startup: xrandr --output VGA-0 --auto --right-of DVI-0 I'm running OpenSuse 11.4 with dwm as my window manager. I can ...
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What's the “OBEY” Tux logo all about?

There's a variant on the Tux logo I keep seeing; recognizably Tux's head sat above a red "OBEY" text. Examples. It's striking, but what the heck does it actually mean ? I've seen it mentioned as ...
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Which Unix tool for Pixel-art -generation?

I have had problems to generate pixel art for a game where units are of specific sizes such as 55x55 (not geometry but by pixels i.e. 55 pixels by 55 pixels). I have tried Gimp where I have misread ...
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What is the benefit of installing Intel drivers from 01.org?

Up to this point I assumed the graphics stack for Intel was open source and included in the standard repositories. However, I just became aware that Intel hosts their own special repositories of ...
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HDMI port not working after installing KDE Desktop Enviroment for Ubuntu

My laptop can't detect the HDMI port and my Samsung TV shows no signal. When I run xrandr, my HDMI port doesn't show in the output. Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1366 x 768, maximum 8192 x ...
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Standard workflow to digitize magazines or books using OCR while minimizing file size?

To scan books containing just text, black&white images and clear borders, the workflow I've been using is: digitize the source using a camera or just a scanner use scantailor finally use ...
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Cannot use dual monitors in Elementary OS Luna - radeon driver

Once I attach the external monitor, the image on both monitors is activated but is messed up, just chaotic lines and colors, so that i cannot access the 'Displays' settings. This never happened with ...
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How do I make the CLI run on dedicated graphics?

I just finished my Gentoo minimal install and the first thing I wonder is why I get no picture. I did have signal on the live CD, so that was pretty odd. I plugged the monitor into the Intel HD ...
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Do I need graphics card driver for Linux?

I am using Linux with the following hardware configuration: Intel Core i7 3.4GHhz 4770k MSI Z87 MPower motherboard MSI GeForce GTX760 2GB DDR5 graphics card 1TB hard drive 16GB RAM Do I need a ...
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How do I force booting in text mode?

Newer Linux distributions have the idea to boot into graphics modes. The grub menu does this. The init.d system does this. X does this. I can justify X. But both grub and init.d have only caused ...
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Image viewer for multiple images

Is there any image viewer (like eog) for linux which can do the following: Show 2 (3 or 4) images of a directory with maximal possible sizes on one page at the same time. When I click "next", it ...
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How do I configure my graphics drivers?

I'm running Linux Mint 9 gnome on a Toshiba Satellite A105-S4211 With this, inxi -G Graphics: Card Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller X.Org 1.7.6 Res: ...