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Re: [opensuse-factory] Will we have additional repositories for Leap as we have currently?
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <carlos.e.r@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2015 21:52:56 +0200
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On 2015-10-21 20:48, Michal Kubecek wrote:
On Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 03:18:19PM +0200, Carlos E. R. wrote:

Anyway, this started with a claim that Plasma 5 doesn't work
(well?) with noveau and a response that it means "either not using
Plasma 5 or not using Tumbleweed". I have no idea if the claim true
- all I wanted to say was that even if it is, the response is not
true as with an AMD GPU - even with a low-end one like Radeon5450 -
and the open source radeon driver, there is absolutely no problem
to run Plasma 5. This is my personal experience: I'm using
Tumbleweed with Plasma 5 and radeon driver on one of my machines.


The generic recommendation, and written on our wiki, was not to use
Tumbleweed if you required the proprietary drivers, because the rpm
can not be provided, and driver integration can break often.

Of course, there are (many?) people doing it without problems. But
there are also (many?) users who would not know what to do if graphics
mode one day does not work after an update, so the recommendation is
just generic. A precaution, to be on the safe side.

On the other hand, there are desktop applications, even the entire
desktop, that require or can use hardware graphic acceleration. If it
is not available, they may drop down features, or even fail to work -
this is what the gnome desktop did (LibreOffice also, sometimes I
remember some posts).

It is possible, I understand, that with some card models the open
source driver works well enough so that you don't even notice. But
there are cards that are not that well supported by the open driver.

The contrary is also true: some old cards are no longer supported by
the proprietary driver.

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Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.

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