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Can anyone provide current information on whether or not it is possible to get these A-series APUs fully functioning with the latest release of Ubuntu (13.04)? By "fully functioning" I mean seeing the exact same CPU features and performance levels, from a hardware standpoint rather than a software standpoint, as, say, the Windows 8 OS does. In other words, will I be better off buying the Windows OS if I want to fully use one of these APUs?

I noticed that many people have been able to install AMD-provided drivers with Jockey. Will these drivers enable users to take advantage of all functions of the CPU and yield the maximum possible performance?

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I can tell you from personal experience, having an A10-5800K AMD processor, that have Ubuntu 13.04 installed. The machine has the AMD HD 7660D Graphics. Its used as a video recording and editing machine. I haven't loaded any drivers, graphics or otherwise, just installed 13.04, and kept it updated, and I have no problems whatsoever.

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Ok. Thanks for the info... Is having a graphics card in the machine redundant? I'm guessing that Ubuntu does require drivers to fully and ideally utilize the APU, even though it may work fine without drivers. –  Richard Aug 25 '13 at 12:21
I guess depending on what you want out of the APU, you may need drivers. If this answered your question, you may mark this answer as accepted, by clicking the green check mark next to it. That will indicate that your problem is solved. –  Mitch Aug 25 '13 at 15:31
Ok, but while it's useful to know that Ubuntu will work with an APU-powered computer and will have no problems, but I would like to go a step beyond that: Will Ubuntu use the full strength and features of the processor, or is it not really useful to buy this? –  Richard Aug 25 '13 at 22:04

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