So this is my second attempt at migrating to Linux. The first time was about 2-3 years ago on Mint and it lasted about 6 months. In the end though I had too many games and applications that didn’t work and unfortunately even after 6 months with Mint it never really felt like home so I went back to Windows 7.
Fast forward to today, I’m building a new PC (3800x, 5700xt) and I have a strong dislike to Windows 10 so I figured it was time to give it another shoot, especially since I’ve read great things about Proton.
I decided to give Pop OS (19.04) a shot and it went “OK” so far, can’t say I’m a huge fan of Gnome at the moment but it’s early yet. However I can’t get it to recognise my 5700xt. From what I am reading I need to upgrade my kernel from 5.0 to 5.3 but at this point I’m out of my depth. I found this thread (Apparently can’t use links, it’s called [5700xt on popos] on this forum) which sounds like exactly my situation but there is a lot of back and forth and it looks really complex.
So here I am, wondering if I’m willing to spend the effort. For me OS are like camping. I’ve done a lot of camping in my life but I don’t enjoy it, it’s always a mean to an end, to do hiking or climbing. I get that some people like camping by itself and that’s great but I just want to do the other activities around it. In short, I’m ready to spend 1-2 days debugging my issues but not much more than that, I am definitely not enjoying it … and I know I’d be gaming right now if I had installed Windows instead.
I apologise for the long post, I’m not really looking for specific answers but more a general idea and I figured that understanding my mindset would be important. Is it a bad idea for me to try to migrate to Linux on brand new hardware? If not, have I picked the wrong distro or version? Is the whole Kernel upgrade easier than it looked when I skimmed the other post?
I really appreciate your time!