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  • #31
    Originally posted by Spooktra View Post
    All this talk about what should be installed and if Ubuntu is a good distro or not is ignoring one very big reality, namely that Ubuntu has by far the best hardware compatibility of any distro currently available. I like Manjaro and Solus and have used them in a few systems I have but the sad truth is that Ubuntu is the only distro I have found that works flawlessly with the audio chipset on the motherboards I have tried Linux with. Fedora, Manjaro, Solus, OpenSuse, et al, all have problems, such as garbled audio, static, popping during start up and shutdown (Fedora is the worst with regards to audio popping), to the point where the distos are for all intents useless.

    Yet Ubuntu, on the exact same hardware, works sans any problem.
    That's called anecdotal evidence, I would be very careful to make such absolute statements. I happend to had in fedora 19 the right mesa version to use AMD VDPAU support with the right version of kodi, which ubuntu followed only half a year later. Maybe with a ppa of mesa or something you could have done the same but that doesn't count because I am sure that you also can make your audio problems go away with some modification or ppa like thing in the other distros, too. Except canonical uses a secret propriatary fork of the kernel parts or pulseaudio, which would be new to me.

    Especially if you want always the newest default amd or intel driver which is the foss version you get as example always better support out of the box and generally with fedora than with ubuntu.

    Ubuntu sometimes has a small edge (means you have to maybe invest a bit time to figure out what to do on other distries) when it comes down to proprietary software, but that's pretty much it.

    A claim that in generall they support hardware better with free software drivers would need to be supported by evidence 1 case of 1 hardware where you had more luck with canonical than with other distros is not enough for that, there could be 100 other hardware components where it's the opposite.

    Also the fact that you say "opensuse" without specifying which of the 2 different products from them the lts like thing or the other implies that you talk bullshit, also your selection of distries at all, they seem to be all very bleeding edge distries fedora majaro and not sure about Solus, they are to new and it's a 1 mann project as far as I know where 1 dude does 90% of the work, opensuse is also a very strange distro. And if I had to guess it was a regression in newer linux kernels, because most distros you mentioned are very bleeding edge with newer version of kernel and other software, except if you used the opensuse version that is lts like? so with the right lts version of opensuse or a debian stable or whatever you probably would not run into your problem, but that's just a guess.

    I would invest the problem deeper before I would use it to make a general statement about several distribution, what does a bugreport to your problem say in another distribution. Of course it's your right to not invest that time, but then I either would not use that as a argument or would be very specific that this was only anectdotal evidence of 1 hardware component, and not make a generalization out of it.
    blackiwid
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    Last edited by blackiwid; 19 August 2018, 05:23 AM.

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