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I have a pretty recent (fall 2008) developer PC that I put together myself. I was generous with most of the hardware but bought the cheapest NVidia card with Linux support because I don't need much in terms of graphic (no gaming, no video etc.).

Now I want a model that still doesn't have to be high-end but should support two monitors. Linux support is a must. Now that's still plenty to choose from. Can anybody recommend a particular model? I'm slightly leaning towards NVidia because I was under the impression that their cards work well on Linux.

Of course, buying another cheap single-head card is also a valid option (I have plenty of free slots). Are there any pros / cons on that one?

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It's a NVidia GeForce 7300 GT now. –  Hanno Fietz Aug 11 '09 at 8:28
    
Are you happy with that one? –  innaM Aug 31 '09 at 8:59
    
Yes, but I then I think I really don't take any graphics card to its limit. Linux support is good (on Ubuntu Jaunty, at least), that's about all I need. –  Hanno Fietz Sep 8 '09 at 15:32
    
Same here. That's why I asked. –  innaM Sep 9 '09 at 13:11
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After having hours of messing around trying to get dual screens working every time I changed anything on my Ubuntu system with an ATI graphics card, I finally gave in and purchased a cheap Nvidia card, not sure of the model but it was around $50.

Out of the box, I plugged it in, installed the drivers from a package and rebooted, the server came up with two screens, compiz, everything working.

Just get a cheapish Nvidia card and use the binary drivers.

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We have had luck with this Jaton card

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I'm using an NVidia 7100 for dual head under Linux. Literally any NVidia card should do.

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A GeForce 6200 makes my dual head setup work.

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At work I have a NVIDIA Quadro NVS 290 with 256 MB that came with the system, and is a couple of years old at this point. The entire time I've had the system I have been using dual 19' and running compiz.

I don't think you need to go that high end, but I believe that if you stick with an NVIDIA >=8600 or 9 series card you shouldn't have any problems. Also some of the nvidia tools make it really easy to setup dual monitors in linux.

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