Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tour de force

In the past, when I've talked about introducing you to Linux, I've backed off on one thing that, for those of you who read here, would be of particular interest: the RAM requirements of SL and those of a Linux Live CD are such that I didn't think they'd work and play well with each other, and so I've hesitated to suggest it.

No longer.

Last night I tried out the Sabayon Linux 3.5 Live DVD. I was happy to see it come up with the proprietary nVidia driver (and that the more recent version that, as far as I can tell, fixes the spot problem!)... but I was astonished to see the familiar turquoise eye-in-hand icon, labeled "Second Life". I clicked it... and there it was. I signed on, and it was just like always (well, not quite, since I normally run the RC client, and this was the official client). I checked the frames/second rating... and it was flying, in the higher fifties! Admittedly, I didn't have the knobs all twisted to max, and the window size was smaller (in pixel dimensions) than I usually run, but even so...

Another caveat: this was done with a 2.8 GHz dual core Athlon 64 system with 4 GB of RAM, so your mileage may vary, but OTOH that's not all that outrageous a setup these days.

So... I no longer hesitate to suggest that you try Second Life with a Linux Live CD. OK, DVD... but get the Sabayon Linux 3.5 Live DVD and give it a try. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised; I certainly was.

1 comment:

CronoCloud said...

ooooh interesting. I wish Linux on the PS3 had hardware graphics support, I'd try compiling SL on it just to see what would happen.