Ok, update on this. I had installed OpenSUSE and it went really well but something about it didn't click. Mostly Gnome not being a first class DE. I didn't enjoy YaST, or the ruby 2.7 dependency. Zypper was ok.
Fedora got some love here so I quickly pivoted to 34 and I gotta say it's come a long way with my hardware. This may be a great fit once I massage out some DNS challenges with systemd-resolve that are minor.
@trevdev after drifting around everything, including suse and arch I am a happy Fedora user for years nlw
@charlag nice! I'm tempted to avoid installing NVidia drivers for fear of stirring Gnome's pot too much. I have one of those 'discreet' GPUs in a Dell XPS 15. Have you much experience to offer?
@trevdev Fedora has a repo with nvidia drivers so it might work? If Wayland is a problem you can always switch to X.
Do you only have a proper GPU or is it a hybrid? Idk what is the situation with hybrid.
@charlag Technically RPM Fusion has a repo with drivers. Fedora's docs even has instructions. It assures me that Gnome knows what to do with my hybrid.
For context discreet GPUs are supposed to take over the load when it's appropriate to do so and leave the lighter lifting to the Intel GPU. This is supposed to make video processing "better".
The minute I install NVidia though wayland gets disabled and x11 is my only gnome option. This is the Fedora way. I worry it will choke things up.
@charlag There are directions to force my NVidia card to do _all_ of the work, which is a viable solution as well, so long as Gnome/GDM doesn't tilt. No video game/hardware accelerated app is worth that to me.
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