Getting an Athlon 64 system
I'm planning to buy a Athlon 64 system pretty soon, and what I would like to know is whether to get a nforce3 based motherboard, or a VIA KT800 Pro based one. I realize this might be a silly question on a Nvidia forum, but I would like to hear your opinions on what motherboard is likely to work better in Linux. (Running Gentoo)
What I've seen from looking around the net is that the Via motherboard works very well in Linux, however I have had problems with Via motherboards in the past, has that changed? Is Via considered stable nowadays and my worries are unfounded?
As for the nforce3 motherboard, will I need to download drivers from nvidia? I really want as much as possible to be supported by the Linux kernel. Will the sound, network, IDE work with a recent Linux kernel, or do I need some binary drivers to get it all running?
I'd appreciate some help in this matter since this is a pretty expensive buy for a student.
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