once, you will want to have enough screen real estate to view multiple windows. A video card that can support 1280x1024 resolution will satisfy this nicely. The other advantage to a good video card is the pixel depth. Not only do the newer window managers run more smoothly with the better pixel depth, it is also very useful if you want to use your system for graphics work. Your monitor also has to be able to support the resolution of your video card—otherwise you could not take full advantage of the capabilities your system offers. (The following section discusses monitor selection in more detail.) It is very important that you check the specifications of your hardware when deciding which video card/monitor combination to use so that the two will work well together. Also, it is always important to check out the hardware compatibility lists for Linux.
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