Originally Posted by Rgb
I think a *lot* of drivers are "there"- a blanket statement about "all" Linux drivers is probably unwarranted.
Sorry, I didn't imply "all". It was a generic statement regarding the overall state of drivers. Surely there's a lot out there working, but see below.
Why wouldn't you use your on board NIC? Not gigabit? Like selecting hardware for any OS, verifying somethings already been tested in Linux is prudent. I bought a Zonenet PCIe Gigabit Ethernet card to upgrade a machine's onboard 100Mbit Ethernet, and read the reviews on the product page at newegghttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833130040
which confirmed Linux performance. Works great for me.
I did end up using it, but the onboard NIC is somewhat defective, which is why I ended up buying an add-on NIC, in my case Linksys.
If analog audio quality is your goal, something from M-Audio or Turtle Beach is probably a better choice. For routine audio playback and digital SPDIF out, on board audio is fine in 99% of cases.
To be blunt, I don't think anyone's taken anything from Creative Labs seriously since the first SoundBlaster live
(I think that's the consensus around the net and among AV-phile media PC people)
X-Fi, apart from one specific model which is low end, and I don't recall, is not that bad. I wouldn't have had problems with using onboard audio, and in fact while trying out Ubuntu, I did. But it ended up having mismatched channels for the output, which I should have solved by using the .asoundrc file. Now, I consider myself decently literate when it comes to computers but, for the love of me, and after three days of research, I could not manage to have it working as it should have.
I ended up switching jacks and using the provided solution in the Windows Realtek control panel to switch the outputs. Which is point and click under Windows and still text editing under Ubuntu (which is supposedly the most user friendly distro).
I'm just saying, from personal experience, that the transition from Windows to Linux is still, sadly, far from being "plug and play". But don't take this as an attack on Linux or anything. I would love for it to be polished, but my experience has been different, that's all.