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#1 OFFLINE   raymac46


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Posted 20 September 2017 - 08:01 AM

What video card and driver are you using these days and how's it working for you? here's my personal State of the Video Summary:
Intel (couple of older laptops.) Well, it's Intel. Not flashy but it works. There is no proprietary driver - all FOSS.
Nvidia (an old desktop and one I recently fixed up with Linux mint 18.2.) I continue to run the proprietary driver on the old desktop (GTX 650) because I had trouble earlier with Nouveau and Cinnamon desktop. Now it appears that recent kernel upgrades fixed that and Nouveau worked fine on the machine (GT520) I set up for my 90 year old Linux client. I left it that way. I still like the proprietary driver best though.
AMD (old Trinity APU laptop and my Linux main driver (R7 360 discrete card.)) I had lots of problems with the discrete card but that is now in the rear view mirror. I don't have any option for the proprietary driver but FOSS has always worked great - if it worked at all. Even though I am an AMD fanboi I have trouble recommending a new Linux user try AMD. I am still on the older radeon driver because my hardware is now quite obsolete by graphics standards.
What would I recommend these days?. Intel baby unless you are gaming or need heavy 3D support. Then Nvidia I guess - even though I hate ripping out the FOSS driver stack. I will reserve judgement on the latest AMD RX lineup - although older cards now work OK.

Edited by raymac46, 20 September 2017 - 08:07 AM.

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 08:18 AM

My main rig has a Nvidia GTX 970 SOC Edition with Nvidia's proprietary driver. My server has a nvidia card (Quatro 6000) but it's headless so the card is not in use. My workstation laptop has a nvidia quadro card running the nvidia proprietary driver and the rest of my machines (mostly laptops) use the xf86-video-intel driver.
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Posted 20 September 2017 - 01:22 PM

On my main system, I have an Nvidia card. I use proprietary drivers from Nvidia in Slackware (not really needed) and in Windows (must have). In my shop system, I'm just using Nouveau.

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Posted 21 September 2017 - 04:27 AM

Nvidia on my main pc and AMD on my backup pc. I must say I have never had any problems with graphics drivers ever. I used to run AMD and it is only this last build that has had a Nvidia card installed.

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