Comment 6 for bug 1066373

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Bryce Harrington (bryce) wrote :

Looks like this was originally added for 8xx, and the link I wrote for that is still there:

I'm gathering that the dialog was repurposed for this new need, but I guess no one got the action item to fill in the wiki page?

Here are a few reasons a user might find themselves facing this dialog:
  * Outdated hardware not providing required level of OpenGL support
  * Too new hardware without driver support yet
  * Obscure hardware without 3d support
  * Virtual machines
  * Binary drivers required but not installed

I suppose the text of the wiki page should mention that the user will be running under LLVMpipe - i.e. software rendering. While llvmpipe is pretty good on modern CPUs, if your video card is old your CPU is likely old too, and it may result in unusable performance.

Alternatives may include sticking with an old ubuntu release or switching to one of the lighter weight derivatives or Debian. For 12.04 and 12.10, ubuntu-classic (no effects) is also a feasible option. Not sure which (if any) of these are worth recommending.