Have been testing both AlmaLinux OS 8.4 & CentOS Stream together recently, so will combine them in this final post of the RHEL-based series, on the RHEL-based page.

Both of these OSes are now poised to moved ahead of Fedora in Karmi’s Top 10 5 Linux Distros ratings – *IF*Fedora 34 Cinnamon Spin can’t get its sound fixed in the System Settings.

I could play music in the newly installed Fedora 34 Cinnamon Spin, but the system sounds were missing. No devices listed in the orange highlighted rectangle and the speaker icon highlighted in red circle has a “x” next to it. Look at all the speakers listed in the “Test Sound” popup…I have two cheap computers speakers.’ Nine computer speakers!? None work when using the Test Sound app (or whatever). Here’s what the system sounds look like in Fedora 33 Cinnamon Spin:

Devices show up…no “x” next to the speaker icon, and there are the two actual speakers that can be tested. Will stick with Fedora 33 until they can fix Fedora 34.

As mentioned in the RPM Fusion part 4 post, I have recently discovered how to easily install the Nvidia GPU drivers in both AlmaLinux OS 8.4 & CentOS Stream.

Fedora 33 Cinnamon Spin doesn’t require the creation of any user…only a Root Password needs to be created. That’s all that is basically separating it from the other two Distros at this point. Heck, AlmaLinux OS 8.4 is so smooth, it may move ahead of Fedora 33 soon!

AlmaLinux OS 8.4 has come out from nowhere, and ain’t planning on taking any prisoners!  😉  CentOS Stream hasn’t been out that long either, and I had moved to it soon after it came out…before the announcement that CentOS 8’s support was ending.

Steps for installing AlmaLinux & CentOS Stream are listed in the Anaconda (installer): RHEL-based Distros part 2 post.

Now, I wanna go over the steps involved with installing the Nvidia drivers – some already mentioned in the RPM Fusion: RHEL-based Distros part 4 post, but with pics of the steps this time. Steps are the same for both Distros, and I am starting after the Distro has been updated ‘n rebooted.

  • Graphical Steps for adding RPM Fusion to AlmaLinux & CentOS Stream

We open the Configuration – RPM Fusion link ‘n scroll to the “Graphical Setup via Firefox web browser” section:

When you click on “Step 1 – free” you get this Opening rpmfusion-free popup:

Then select “Open with” and click OK.

That opens the software rpmfusion-free-release window:

Hit install and wait for it to finish installing…you’ll see the “Remove” option when it is finished. Next…

When you click on “Step 2 – nonfree” you get this Opening rpmfusion-nonfree popup:

Again, select “Open with” and click OK.

That opens the software rpmfusion-nonfree-release window:

Again, hit install and wait for it to finish installing…you’ll see the “Remove” option when it is finished.

Whew! Almost done…well worth the effort for two stable ‘n reliable Distros with great financial support behind them both. I believe the combination of Fedora Cinnamon Spin, AlmaLinux OS, and CentOS Stream will give a Linux “Desktop OS” user their best shot at long-term stability ‘n reliability, i.e. if one temporarily fails you, then at least one of the other two will be fine. Personally, I always recommend going with Windows 10 Pro as your main OS, and then use Linux as a companion OS to WIN10.

  • BTW, my new HP 14″ Chromebook – 14a-na0023cl  arrived yesterday, and it is now easy to understand why Chromebooks are so popular right now. The hardware is exceptional, and I have found Chrome OS extremely easy to use in my early tests. So impressive that I haven’t even come up with a name for it yet!?!???  😉  Talk about an entire companion package to 4-5 WIN10 Desktop computers, then Chromebook is the answer. OOOPS, sorry! Well, I must apologize, ‘Chromebook’  just informed rude me that it has a name already.

OK…now back to the How to install the NVIDIA drivers on Fedora 32 article, and Step 4 of the “Install Nvidia Driver using RPMFusion” section:

As a Fulltime Linux Root User, I just type in – dnf install akmod-nvidia – and then reboot. If you have older graphic cards, then you may have to try one of the other two options. Just double-check with the RPM Fusion: RHEL-based Distros part 4 post if you have questions.

IMHO, AlmaLinux OS 8.4 & CentOS Stream both have better graphical interface options than Fedora 33 Cinnamon Spin, especially with the software options. One last pic…with the GNOME DE, I just added in the Dash to Panel extension, for that popular Windows 10 look:

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!