Ubuntu – How to know if the video card can run Unity


I have an old laptop which has some 3D graphics support, how do I know if this will be enough for Unity to run?

Best Answer

This isn't a full answer but a good place to start including the link at the bottom. http://www.inalogic.com/component/content/article/34-general/63-demystifying-unitys-graphics-hardware-requirements

So you can run

 /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p  

which should give you some detailed output about Unity's requirements and if they are met, e.g.:

OpenGL vendor string:   NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce 6600 GT/PCI/SSE2/3DNOW!
OpenGL version string:  2.1.2 NVIDIA 270.30

Not software rendered:    yes
Not blacklisted:          yes
GLX fbconfig:             yes
GLX texture from pixmap:  yes
GL npot or rect textures: yes
GL vertex program:        yes
GL fragment program:      yes
GL vertex buffer object:  yes
GL framebuffer object:    yes
GL version is 1.4+:       yes

Unity supported:          yes

(Note, this graphics card is six years old and I'm having no performance problems running Unity.)

Though as an anecdote I have tried unity-2d on an old laptop with a substandard graphics card (Dell D600) and to be honest I still like it. I'm not saying everyone will love the switch to Unity, but I have decided to give it a go in whatever form I can and see if I grow to like it, so far I really do.