I will build an ubuntu system and I want to have as many visual effects as possible, which graphics card should I prefer and why?
I do not intend to play games, I'll just work very long hours there and the eye candy helps a lot.
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In my experiences the best cards are either Intel or Nvidia. Unfortunately the Intel cards usually have poor Direct Rendering support so I've found myself going for Nvidia with the proprietary drivers more often than not. A GeForce 7600 GT is a great card for a Linux box.
Nvidia's driver support is what attracts me the most. ATI and Intel have very little support for the Linux community.