Summary

Buying a monitor for use in Linux entails employing the same criteria you would use to buy a monitor for any other OS. Characteristics like monitor type (CRT or LCD), size, refresh rates, and supported resolutions all work largely the same in all OSs. Likewise, monitor quality issues such as sharpness and freedom from distortion are largely the same across OSs. Linux does provide more flexibility in monitor configuration than do most OSs, however. If you're willing to experiment with your XF86Config file's modelines, you can create a custom resolution or run your monitor at its highest available refresh rate for a standard resolution. If you're satisfied with one of the standard default resolutions, though, you need not edit the XF86Config file. Configuration scripts that were run when you installed XFree86 set it up with a range of typical resolutions and refresh rates.

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