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Fedora 29/28 or Ubuntu 18.10, when it comes to graphics ?

asked 2018-10-30 02:46:19 -0500

msullivan gravatar image

I have a laptop with NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB ) graphics (laptop details mentioned below). Currently, it has Windows 10 installed in it. But, I want to migrate to the soon-to-released Fedora 29 or Ubuntu 18.10. I am not a gamer but my family and I watch lot of movies (1080Pixel quality mp4 files in VLC player), watch lots of videos in Youtube. My friends tell me if I I watch/stream lot of movies/videos, better go for Ubuntu (18.10) as Ubuntu uses better display drivers than Fedora in general. Is this true ?

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For what you want do, I doubt it makes any difference what distro or driver you will use. I assume the open-source “nouveau” driver for NVIDIA cards shipped with Fedora will perform just fine.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-10-31 10:39:52 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-10-30 09:19:08 -0500

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I doubt you will find a significant difference in graphics or graphics performance across distros.

There is a bit of a learning curve as you transition to linux and once you are familiar with fedora it is as easy as any other distro.

With fedora you will likely want to use third party repos for multimedia

I personally use rpmfusion

I suggest you research the differences between distros try a few and then decide. Linux mint, for example, is a popular alternative to ubuntu and you may want a LTS release so do your homework first.

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answered 2018-10-31 09:14:17 -0500

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updated 2018-10-31 10:48:03 -0500

Thanks everyone. I cannot upvote your answers as I don't have enough points yet.

I have 2 questions

1 . User panther said installing graphic drivers found in rpm fusion is better than installing the ones found in Nvidia's website. Hi Panther, rpm fusion creates the driver for Nvidia themselves (by volunteer developers) or they just take the driver created by Nvidia and repackages it ?

2. When I downloaded the driver for my graphics card (link below) from Nvidia website, it comes as a .run file. I opened the .run file using a text editor. The first 1083 lines is a shell script, after that , I can see junk characters which is think is the driver's binary. How will linux distinguish between these two ?

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Rpmfusion packages the nvidia driver

Panther gravatar imagePanther ( 2018-10-31 10:31:20 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-10-31 08:32:06 -0500

heliosstyx gravatar image

Ubuntu comes with more proprietary driver and codecs out of the box. For multimedia playing it is a good choice. If you want to pick up this elements for yourself than you may choose Fedora. Here is a help link for choosing your distro: Answer the questions and you will get some proposals. Look also the Fedora labs editions. If you are have only few experience with linux then you should take a preconfigured edition. Kodi Media-center is also great. I hope it will help you. If you have further questions please let me know it.

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I do not think that is true, it is a matter of using rpmfusion / COPR with Fedora vs universe / multiverse / ppa in ubuntu. While it may be your opinion you find ubuntu or another distro more familiar and thus "easier", I would not agree with a generalization to say fedora is no more or less limited than ubuntu with regard to multimedia or 3rd party drivers

Panther gravatar imagePanther ( 2018-10-31 13:35:51 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-10-30 06:43:32 -0500

gyrave gravatar image

I've had screen tearing issues before with gnome and kde but xfce worked fine Since you can install proprietary drivers on both, i'd go for for the distro you like best

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Screen tearing may be fixed with a GSYNC/FreeSYNC monitor. Maybe its not the software ..?

G0bble gravatar imageG0bble ( 2018-10-31 02:19:38 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-10-30 13:32:06 -0500

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You should follow this tutorial in order to install proprietary Nvidia Driver.

This tutorial shows that you'll need to uninstall nvidia kernel and install from

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That is a horrible way, use rpmfusion , at least with rpmfusion the driver is properly packaged

Panther gravatar imagePanther ( 2018-10-30 13:44:55 -0500 )edit

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