[CALUG] Looking for advice

Tim Spangler tspang at jefnet.com
Tue Feb 12 17:09:56 EST 2019

Hi Ainsley,

I have a Ryzen 2700X sitting here with 2 Nvidia cards running on Fedora 29 without a problem, so I don't think there will be significant problems for using a NVidia card for basic display output. 

That said, trying to blacklist one of them and using PCI Express Pass through to have direct access from a KVM VM is proving to quite be challenging.  


-----Original Message-----
From: CALUG [mailto:calug-bounces at unknownlamer.org] On Behalf Of Ainsley
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:42 PM
To: Wes Westhaver <wes at westhaver.com>
Cc: calug at unknownlamer.org
Subject: Re: [CALUG] Looking for advice

Hi Wes,

The latest Linux kernel has builtin support for the AMD GPUs without any special firmware downloads. I’m not sure if Nvidia silk requires that you download drivers from their site. I know historically they did not play well with Linux? 

Several of the more modern GPUs will support 2, 3 or 4 monitors. 


> On Feb 12, 2019, at 13:45, Wes Westhaver <wes at westhaver.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> I would like to purchase a desktop computer, install Linux (Ubuntu or 
> Mint?), and attach two (possibly three) monitors to it. Can anyone 
> here provide guidance on what desktop systems and video cards are well 
> supported by Linux?
> I'm probably going to purchase some refurbished equipment from 
> PCLiquidations (https://www.pcliquidations.com/) since I'm on a tight 
> budget.
> Until now, I've only had experience with using Linux as a server 
> (mostly headless). But I want to get away from MS-Windows and go completely Linux.
> Any advice would be very much appreciated.
> -Wes
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