Since it’s more likely that there will be AMD users on a Fedora forum than that there will be Fedora users on an AMD forum, I guess I’ll cross-post a thread I started on AMD’s forum:
Currently, I’m using the AMD graphics drivers baked into the Linux kernel under Fedora. I decided to try the actual AMD Linux drivers:
but after wading through the installation instructions:
I decided I didn’t know enough to make it through successfully. So, I have some questions:
- Is this driver even compatible with Fedora? According to the Release Notes, it’s compatible with:
Ubuntu 18.04.5(6) HWE
Ubuntu 20.04.4 HWE
SLED/SLES 15 SP 3
I’m assuming Fedora falls under the RHEL category. But, at a driver level, I don’t know if that’s a valid assumption.
it says for RHEL, install with:
sudo yum install ./amdgpu-install-VERSION.rpm
Under Fedora, I assume I change that yum to a dnf. But, what part of the driver name is considered the “VERSION”? The current driver is called:
So, do I replace VERSION with “126.96.36.199102-1” or with “188.8.131.52102-1.el8.noarch”?
- Next, the instructions use waffle words like “might” and “consider” when talking about OpenCL:
Again, I’m just a normal person. Do I or do I not want to install OpenCL? I assume not since it talks about OpenGL being the default and I’ve at least heard of that.
It also gives me an option for installing Vulkan. I’m just surprised by that option. Why wouldn’t Vulkan be the standard default?
Then, the instructions talk about SecureBoot support (which I need):
That involves Machine Owned Keys (MOK), mokutil, the MOK Manager, rebooting, and temporary passwords. Really? Is there no way to make this more streamlined or easier?
BTW: what do these proprietary drivers get me over the kernel drivers? I’m assuming I’ll get some equivalent of the neat software/utility AMD provides on the Windows side of things (Adrenalin).