Intel Media Accelerator 950 & Slack
Posted 25 February 2009 - 10:50 PM
Posted 25 February 2009 - 11:08 PM
Why bother dual-booting for media functionality between two different versions of the same thing? The only big difference you're going to encounter between Slackware and Ubuntu is a lack of GUIs for everything, and a difference in package management. Other differences in Slackware, like a preference for a BSD-like runlevel system, as opposed to the System V style used by most other distros, aren't as big a deal for end users (besides, Slackware maintains compatibility for System V...personally, I prefer the BSD style system).
If you already have a working Ubuntu install, and are considering the Slackware install as a secondary boot, you might want to do it under a virtual machine, if it's only for learning. If you're not taking advantage of the graphics hardware in your machine anyway, you probably won't notice much performance loss.
EDIT: oh, and as far as kernel framebuffer support, there's several neat workarounds for allowing some unusual resolutions with the GMA 950 -- the Acer Aspire One uses the 950, so I've had personal experience with that. If you're expecting suspend/hibernate to properly work, I'd forgo anything other than just regular old VESA framebuffer in the console though -- I had trouble getting it to restore, no matter how many command line switches I used with pm-hibernate/pm-suspend.
Edited by systems_glitch, 25 February 2009 - 11:11 PM.
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