Linux on Asus A7N266-VM
The Nvidia Chipset Board;
60 gig seagate (ultra quiet) 7200 RPM drive, 45 gigs to linux RH7.2, 15 gigs to Windows XP
256 Megs of pc2100 ddr dimm (I'm going to add more)
1800+ AMD XP CPU (Actual speed reported at 1576Mhz)
350 Watt Allied Powersupply
Floppy, cdrom, etc.
one additional Network Card, 10/100 RealTek 8329too driver in linux
The A7N266-VM board has the following onboard;
NVidia's NForce Chipset,
Graphics - GeForce2
Sound - Dobly Digital Audio
Connectivity - Network interface
Plus all the regular motherboard stuff.
So basically for 87 dollars, you get a whole computer, minus ram, cpu, case, hard disk etc.
-----Linux Setup : Beta Drivers
I have a custom built kernel 2.4.18-5
Nvidia has NForce drivers on their website for the Audio and Lan interfaces. I got the audio working great. The built on lan seems to have issues (I noticed the onboard network was sharing an IRQ with the PCI card I put into the box. that may be why it doesn't work.)
X, The X Configuration I'd say was only involving because I didn't read the README on the nvidia website. The components; NVIDIA_kernel, and NVIDIA_GLX, those two items were easily installed. The configuration ended up enabling the frame buffer.
Since this RH72 installation was from an old firewall box (Cyrix 800 dual network system.) and had migrated to a Pentium 100mhz system, and now the same hard disk sits in this beasty, I thought that was causing problems. Nope, was just some config file parameters to change in /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 per the README on their website.
-----How does it perform;
I haven't gotten enough time to really evaluate it fairly yet.
Graphics: Wow. - Chromium looks very good, extremely good frame rates as well.
Chromium performs just as well as it did on the ATI Raedon Card with the Accelerated X Server on the other machine I've got...
although chromium isn't using audio at the moment. (Hrmm)
I started to download Loki games to see what they perform like.
----Eval so far
I like it. Works well. I'll have to figure things out more before really saying "Ya" or "Na". The Nvidia drivers are still beta tho, so it may be a while.
X Works, GL Works
Onboard Network - - - -