If the developers know what they are doing, then they can use a 4.18 Kernel, and give you Security & Stability & *EXCELLENT* Hardware Recognition for your ‘Desktop Duty‘ computer. Gaming? I don’t know anything about gaming beyond Windows Chess Titans ‘n its solitaire + hearts games.

AlmaLinux has recognized all My Computers ‘n their hardware since the 3/31/2021 AlmaLinux OS 8.3 post, and I have a lot of different hardware across those computers.

AlmaLinux was 1rst out-the-gate to replace CentOS and has led the pack ever since.

This is going to be a quick review, but if more help is needed in installing it AND/OR adding NVIDIA drivers or adding the KDE Plasma DE, then run a blog search of AlmaLinux or check out the “AlmaLinux OS” category on the Sidebar. Loads of pics ‘n info in those posts.

Installing AlmaLinux

Downloaded the AlmaLinux-8.6-x86_64-dvd.iso ‘n it is a *BIG* one @ 10.2 GBs so it needs a bigger USB to create the ‘Live‘ bootable media – I used a 32 GB Samsung ‘n had balenaEtcher create the bootable.

Here’s the GParted view after installation to a 128GB Samsung USB:

Plenty of free space after installation since we’re installing the basic Workstation wid a few extras.

Make sure you select the Software Selection before starting the Installation!

You’re in the default GNOME desktop after installation ‘n then rebooting. Do an update.

Add Repositories

I added “PowerTools” & “Linux Vendor Firmware Service” repositories…maybe another 1 or 2 that I forget (?) but no biggie.

Add NVIDIA driver

Read the RPM Fusion post for quick info – pay attention to the Configuration – RPM Fusion link since that graphical method to add “RPM Fusion free for RHEL 8 or compatible like CentOS” & “RPM Fusion nonfree for RHEL 8 or compatible like CentOS” works better than doing it through the command prompt/terminal. More pics on AlmaLinux OS 8.4 post on how to add them graphically.

However, you will still need the How to install the NVIDIA drivers on Fedora 32 link to “install a relevant Nvidia driver package” in Step 4 of that article.

Add KDE Plasma DE

I end up repeating some steps that are not necessary, since I am a Linux Newbie, and you might notice when following some of my provided links. 😉

How to install KDE Desktop GUI on AlmaLinux 8 is very helpful. I ended up running the command lines in the order listed, even tho some may already be installed (no biggie!).

Not all the steps are needed, and I went wid their 1rst option when 2 were mentioned. Not sure if “systemctl set-default graphical” was needed in step 5, but I added it anyway.

Also, that article’s selection of Plasma at Login Window is different than mine, i.e. only Plasma (X11) worked for me this time. That selection seems to change in different versions of AlmaLinux & KDE Plasma.

There was just 1 more DE choice – Xfce I believe.


Security, Stability ‘n great Hardware Recognition in a truly Enterprise Class desktop OS. Fulltime Linux Root User option.

AlmaLinux will stay in the #3 spot @ 2a on Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page.

Will add this post to the RHEL-based page.

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