Guess ‘Rose‘ didn’t want to give up the GeForce GTX 1660 GPU ‘n CentOS 8 wanted to show me why I just made it my #1 in Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros! Per the Part VI: Progressions of the Linux Newbie Blog – ‘Dumbing Down TOP 10 requirements’ post earlier today:

snip…snip – Since CentOS 8 showed no ‘glitches’ and remained steady during this recent upgrading to the ‘Rose’ computer, I am going to move it into the #1 spot on Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page.

snip snip…snip – May end up pulling the GeForce GTX 1660 from ‘Rose’ ‘n just install it in ‘Apevia’, when ‘n if I get around to upgrading that Ryzen™ test machine’s processor. Why buy another GPU that Linux probably can’t recognize?

About 2 hours ago I decided to download and then try to install a Nvidia driver I had saw being offered in Ubuntu LTS, the NVIDIA 440.10 driver, which was a little older than the 450.57 I had wasted time on yesterday. Normally, in Ubuntu LTS you just select one of the Nvidia drivers from the Software & Updates under the Additional Drivers tab and it does everything automatically from there; however, that never worked yesterday.

Downloads (during the day) can be slow on weekends here, so I ran a search whilst waiting ‘n found this link again –  How to install the NVIDIA drivers on CentOS 8. Lots of keyboard, and it failed to work when I tried it yesterday. Tried similar ones for Ubuntu ‘n Fedora all day yesterday, and all failed. Took just two attempts today – that “systemctl isolate” prompt command was tricky, for me, since the screen blinks and takes you to something like a huge command prompt. Long story, but logging in there as root, after changing directory to /home/cent/downloads finally worked. Here is the result:

Yep, that’s what it should’ve looked like immediately after installing the GeForce GTX 1660, IMHO! Graphics shows it now instead of that generic llvmpipe (LLVM 9.0.0, 256 bits) ‘tHiNgIe‘!?! LinuxConfig is a great site for Ubuntu, Debian, RHEL/CentOS, Fedora, and Kali info. They had info I was using yesterday, but I was unable to figure out the keyboard stuff. I’ll try their Ubuntu and Fedora keyboard methods tomorrow…what a pain!

Linux Desktop is *FOREVER* stuck back in 1992 with DOS ‘n Windows 3.1 as a keyboard-focused ‘terminal-centric‘ OS!