AMD’s Ryzen™ hype machine is gonna dupe a lot of Linux users, i.e. unless they are buying a new AMD Ryzen™ computer with their favorite Distro already installed on it, then they best be prepared to do a lot of command prompt work to get it working.
I’ve been testing the newly released Ubuntu DesktopPack that is mentioned at DistroWatch. Have tested a ‘Live’ ubuntu_pack-20.04-gnome_like_win-amd64 and ‘Live’ ubuntu_pack-20.04-cinnamon-amd64 with plenty of success on Intel machines, but with no success on the ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ 9 3900X w/ GeForce GTX 1660 XC Linux test machine. Even tried to install from a ‘Live’ ubuntu_pack-18.04-cinnamon-amd64 USB to SSD…the ‘Live’ 18.04 USB version was working great on ‘Apevia’ but the installation attempt to SSD caused a shutdown.
UALinux offers like 13 flavors of the new 20.04, and also some flavors of older versions of Ubuntu LTS, e.g. ubuntu_pack-18.04-cinnamon-amd64. Loaded with all kinds of apps ‘n programs – “ready to use immediately after installation and does not require Internet access to download additional components.” Was perfect on Intel machines, but the 20.04 ‘Live’ versions were just too buggy for the ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ test machine. Created in Ukraine so most info is not in English and my review reflects that. Based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS so they probably use the Linux 5.4 kernel.
Personally, like the AMD’s Ryzen™ hype machine, I believe there is also a Linux Kernel hype machine that over emphasizes the “bleeding-edge” of Bright ‘n New shiny Kernels. Let’s take a look at the stability of CentOS 8 (my #1 Ranked Distro) which uses the 4.18 Linux kernel.
It has no problems with the Ryzen™ 9 3900X ‘n GeForce GTX 1660 XC graphics card. Distro after Distro using much *NEWER* Linux kernel versions fail and/or had buggy issues with the ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ test machine. I use CentOS 8 to reformat all the USB’s ‘n SSD’s failed attempts on ‘Apevia’ … i.e. use CentOS 8 w/ the 4.18 Linux kernel, on ‘Apevia’, to reformat other Distros failed attempts w/ their Bright ‘n New shiny Kernels.
BTW, not only is CentOS 8 extremely stable, but it also doesn’t require the Linux ‘Pesky Password’…