If you use Linux you have to accept ‘Hardware ‘n Software’ issues, e.g. the ‘Mouse’ will only scroll 1.5 – 2 lines per one notch roll of the wheel, your printer is probably not going to work with your Distro, AMD compatibility issues, possible Wi-Fi issues, Graphic card issues, etc. It all starts with being a keyboard-focused ‘TERMINAL-CENTRIC‘ OS that has refused to focus on Desktop users for almost 30 years. Nothing wrong with being a ‘Keyboard Equestrian’ but don’t ignore the advantages of a simple mouse, for almost 30 years.

I’ve had some NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 XC compatibility issues with Linux recently, discovered whilst upgrading a computer. The GPU is only 10 months old, so I wanted to move it to a Linux testing computer, and get a newer GPU for my main computer (‘Antec Jr.’ a WIN10 Pro). Had even planned on doing a major upgrade to the Ryzen™ test computer after this current upgrade, and buying a new GPU for it also; however, I don’t need two Linux test computers causing me hardware issues. Thusly, I moved the GTX 1660…again, this time to the Ryzen™ test computer ‘Apevia’. Will put the bulk of my Linux hardware issues – i.e. AMD, Ryzen™ APU, and Nvidia GPU all into just one test computer that is meant to test AMD hardware and Linux. I can throw a new 12-core Ryzen™ CPU into it now, and keep costs below $500.

Meanwhile, does your Linux NVIDIA GPU have one of these:

I tested the GTX 1660 in 3 or 4 computers last October or so, using Ubuntu LTS 18.04, and had no issues at all; however, I don’t recall getting that NVIDIA Server Settings app when conducting those tests. Also, now, it’s not in CentOS 8 either, but showed up in Fedora 32 when I added an Nvidia driver there. It’s not anywhere close to being the GeForce Experience that you get in Windows when installing an Nvidia GPU (error message when trying to install in Linux) … MSI Afterburner ‘n Kombustor also seem useful, but maybe not available for Linux (?). I’m not a gamer so really don’t do GPU overclocking, but may give it a try with the new MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Super just installed in ‘Antec Jr.’ last night. There’s a Ram setting in BIOS that I use, since it’s sorta automatic after making that change and speeds up the Ram.

Jason Evangelho mentions “the entire ecosystem” in his article – Why Windows 10 Gaming Still Reigns Supreme Over Linux:

snip … In fact, I’m going to make a bold claim: Imagine for a moment that the only purpose for PCs was gaming. Even if 100% of Windows-only games were perfectly playable on Linux and with comparable performance, Windows would still win the battle, would still dominate mindshare and marketshare. Because PC gaming is increasingly about the entire ecosystem surrounding the games we play.

snip … Gamers aren’t merely looking at TFlops, clock speeds, pricing and benchmark charts. They’re savvy, and they’re evaluating the entire picture. G-Sync and FreeSync. The wealth of features offered by GeForce Experience and Radeon Adrenalin, the software companions to the hardware.

snip … Of course, when it comes to bringing this gaming tool chest to Linux, AMD and Nvidia aren’t even picking up the call. It’s particularly disappointing when glancing at AMD, a company who contributes greatly to the open source ecosystem and whose CPU and GPU drivers are baked right in to the Linux kernel.

Baked in’?! Well, they either burnt many of the Drivers or else some individual Distro developers ain’t getting it created correctly, because their Ryzen APU’s are at least one example of AMD problems. Anyway, Linux could care less about the Gaming “ecosystem” than it does about the Desktop user’s “ecosystem.” Great article ‘n points tho, by Jason Evangelho.

Linux is a great #2 OS, behind WIN10, and is especially useful as a USB portable OS. Also useful if you want to test it on an old computer that doesn’t work right with ‘WIN10’. Linux requires more ‘Tinkering’ time than most PC users are willing to put in, IMHO.

Am not sure why the old GeForce 1660 didn’t work well with Ubuntu LTS 20.04, since it had worked fine with Ubuntu LTS 18.04. Fact is, just started downloading Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) Daily Build to see if it’ll work any better…another incredibly slow download, as many have been for me recently(?!?). Have dropped Ubuntu down to #8 in Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros. Have been planning to move it out of #1 spot because of the ‘Pesky Passwords’ issue, and now was a good time.

Moved Fedora SPINS to #1 ‘n CentOS to #2 … had to use keyboard to install drivers, but they both worked perfectly after that. CentOS seems to have an issue with LibreOffice, because I can’t get it downloaded and/or installed?!? Fedora 32 Cinnamon comes with LibreOffice, which was enough for me to move it into the #1 spot. The Fedora SPINS offer an option to opt out of the ‘Pesky Passwords’ but their default Workstation (Gnome) doesn’t, which is why I add SPINS to the #1 choice.

Here’s Fedora on the ‘Rose’ Intel computer, with the GeForce 1660 (before moved):

Here it is on the ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ test computer, with the GeForce now installed:

Those generic Linux Nvidia drivers, like Nouveau, do not use the GPU to the max…neither does the actual proprietary NVIDIA drivers, but those are a lot better than the Linux generic ones. Anyway, Fedora 32 ‘n CentOS both accepted the NVIDIA driver for Linux, but just needed lots of keyboard work to get it installed.

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