Such aggravations are why Linux has remained around -+ 2% of the total Desktop worldwide user share for almost 30 years.

As mentioned in the ‘Rose‘ gettin’ Upgraded ‘n goin’ Mobile – Part 2 *UPDATED* post, I moved the GeForce GTX 1660 XC from ‘Antec Jr.‘ to ‘Rose‘the other day. WIN10 Pro booted up incredibly fast with all the upgrades (less than 15 sec from button pushed) ‘n Fast Boot is disabled in BIOS!  Nvidia popup directed me to the Driver installation (didn’t even use the NVIDIA DVD installation disk), and not long after that I was testing the GPU benchmarks ‘n such – huge improvement over the Intel® UHD Graphics 630 graphics.

This morning I started testing my main 3 Linux Distros, and Ubuntu LTS is going to drop to at least #3 by the time I am done testing. Look at this pic:

That pic was from the ‘Antec Jr.‘ GeForce GTX 1660 November 9, 2019 test…Ubuntu 18.04 had recognized it on that main machine ‘n also on the ‘Rose’, ‘Apevia’, and ‘Antec Sr.’ machines. I deleted a bunch of pics awhile back to make more room in the Media Library, so I don’t have all now. However, the Apevia case – Ryzen™ 5 3400G – EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 XC Goin’ Thru UserBenchmark Tests & Ubuntu vs Archman on Drivers post has a pic of the GTX 1660 on the Ryzen™ test machine, and some of the Archman Linux failures at recognizing the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660. Archman Linux stayed stuck at a resolution of 1024 x 768 ‘n some Linux “nouveau” driver. Here’s what Manjaro was getting:

Not sure what post that is from, but that red highlighted “llvmpipe” is what I’m getting on CentOS 8 (with kernel upgraded to 5.8 just moments ago!?). Fedora is showing the GeForce GTX 1600, but at boot into desktop it has a message popup that suggests a problem…I dunno?!? Typical Linux crap, that even Ubuntu had today…worse in fact. Can’t even describe some of the problems Ubuntu had today…that “llvmpipe” driver was one of the few positives for Ubuntu!

Anyway, tired of Linux after today…so will end ‘n send at this point!

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NOTE – will add updates down here:

Not sure what I am going to do after this discovery, i.e. I already knew that most Linux Distros had problems with Nvidia Drivers which is why Linux has the Generic versions; however, have never experienced this with Ubuntu LTS (in fact, 18.04 had no problems spotting the GeForce GTX 1660) before. Ubuntu LTS 20.04 showed 4 or 5 NVIDIA drivers to choose from, and I even downloaded a newer version from Nvidia website – the NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-450.57.run which failed at the end. Even bumped the kernel to 5.8:

Fedora’s had a 5.7.11 something and it spotted the GeForce 1660, so I thought Ubuntu LTS 20.04 might also with a kernel update. However, I don’t like seeing this popup ever time I boot into Fedora:

That’s the only problem in Fedora, I think (?!), but I’m not going to waste time trying to figure out how to get rid of that popup! I never have these kinds of problems with WIN10 … Plug ‘n Play and no need for the Linux keyboard headaches!

Also upgraded the kernel from 4. ‘something‘ to 5.8 in CentOS:

No major problems or popups in CentOS 8 other than system Graphic info lists that generic llvmpipe (LLVM 9.0.0, 256 bits) ‘tHiNgIe‘:

Ubuntu LTS 20.04 is going to drop to #3 on Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page – would’ve dropped further, but 18.04 had worked with the GeForce 1660 – mainly dropping it for the ‘Pesky Passwords’ issue that Mark Shuttleworth didn’t get fixed in this new Ubuntu LTS 20.04.1 update.

Linux is never going to be an actual full-time Desktop OS anyway (beyond Android ‘n Chrome), so ‘Mouse‘ problems, GPU problems, Wi-Fi problems, lack of Printer support problems, USB Docking station problems, etc. are all to be expected in a non Plug ‘n Play keyboard-focused ‘terminal-centric‘ OS…apparently. Thusly, I may be in or headed towards a new Progressions of the Linux Newbie Blog moment…so to speak.