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Dakota Lewallen

The driver support is soo painful. I had been daily driving fedora 31 up until a week ago. When after updating my NVIDIA driver, GNOME refused to start. Had to do a bunch of reverts to get it working again.

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Chris McKay

Driver support is perhaps the main reason I left Linux a few years ago. That, combined with certain rolling releases meant that my hardware stopped working every six months. I had whole desktop systems built around Linux-recommended hardware and that didn't help.

The other was the package manager situation. I don't know what the situation is now, but back then, being forced to upgrade my OS every six months just so I could get the latest FireFox became a nightmare (see my first paragraph).

Don't get me wrong, I love Linux as a concept. But the day-to-day made it too difficult to use.

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Carl Draper

Well, don't expect a smooth ride with a rolling release distro

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Chris McKay • Edited on

I wish it were that simple. Fedora, Ubuntu, Mandrake, Gentoo and Mint all had the same issues (yes, I distro-hopped while trying to find a good solution). Every six months a new update came out and, if you wanted the latest security patches, you had to update, which meant a day or two of fixing all my hardware.

I'm going to conduct an experiment with Ubuntu 19.10 this week. I realize it will be better than it was. Hopefully I can make it work for me this time.

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Carl Draper

You still get the latest security updates with Ubuntu LTS (and derivatives of it) - though Mint can be a pain due to the way the devs deecided to hold back some updates, which is why i don't use Mint

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Loralighte Author

A lot of that has changed a TON over the years. As long as it isn't NVIDIA off Ubuntu, Realtek because that doesn't even work well on Windows 10, and Broadcom because Linux isn't a focus for them, the driver is most likely just fine and working. Also, editions for software can go back to multiple-year-old releases. Much better than in the past.

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Loralighte Author

I mean Fedora is, in general, a poorly built distribution especially to use anything closed source like NVIDIA drivers. Pop!_OS has a version that comes with them out of the box.

Other than those specific drivers, Linux driver support is god-like compared to windows.