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Re: Please recommend zero-hassle video card for GUIX

From: yasu
Subject: Re: Please recommend zero-hassle video card for GUIX
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 12:34:01 +0000
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Just to follow up, here's what I did:

 - Removed my original NVidia GTX 750 video card
 - Installed the new AMD RX580 video card
 - Added an unofficial Guix channel to use the "regular"
     Linux Kernel (instead of Linux-Libre)

My new Guix experience is now a world apart from the old!
 - It does't freeze like every 30 minutes anymore...
- It works like any other normal computer! (Great 2D/3D/video performance!)


yasu@guix ~$ guix system describe
Generation 16   Sep 24 2020 20:27:04    (current)
  file name: /var/guix/profiles/system-16-link
canonical file name: /gnu/store/9crwhnhyc6nwspd9j4m09sk1bb6r93j3-system
  label: GNU with Linux 5.8.10
  bootloader: grub-efi
  root device: label: "my-root"
kernel: /gnu/store/2z8smc1cn921gxqhb7m11byk6h3asf1k-linux-5.8.10/bzImage
      repository URL:
      branch: master
      commit: ff128dc6332fddfc65658a8462796fc7ecd1bdd2
      repository URL:
      branch: master
      commit: fc683132b1838cfdbe968b49e459dc12f4f41ef8
configuration file: /gnu/store/9f1vi852r032wd38hchm5g2sywxzfkj1-configuration.scm

yasu@guix ~$ cat /gnu/store/9f1vi852r032wd38hchm5g2sywxzfkj1-configuration.scm
;; This is an operating system configuration template
;; for a "desktop" setup with GNOME and Xfce where the
;; root partition is encrypted with LUKS.

  (gnu system nss)
  (nongnu packages linux) ;; engine power
  (nongnu system linux-initrd)) ;; engine power

(use-service-modules desktop xorg)
(use-package-modules certs gnome)

    (kernel linux) ;; engine power
    (initrd microcode-initrd) ;; engine power
    (firmware (list linux-firmware)) ;; engine power
  (host-name "guix")
  (timezone "Asia/Tokyo")
  (locale "en_US.utf8")

  ;; Choose US English keyboard layout.  The "altgr-intl"
  ;; variant provides dead keys for accented characters.
  (keyboard-layout (keyboard-layout "us"))

  ;; Use the UEFI variant of GRUB with the EFI System
  ;; Partition mounted on /boot/efi.
  (bootloader (bootloader-configuration
                (bootloader grub-efi-bootloader)
                (target "/boot/efi")
                (keyboard-layout keyboard-layout)))

  ;; Specify a mapped device for the encrypted root partition.
  ;; The UUID is that returned by 'cryptsetup luksUUID'.
  ;; (mapped-devices
  ;; (list (mapped-device
  ;;        (source (uuid "12345678-1234-1234-1234-123456789abc"))
  ;;        (target "my-root")
  ;;        (type luks-device-mapping))))

  (file-systems (append
                 (list (file-system
                         (device (file-system-label "my-root"))
                         (mount-point "/")
                         (type "ext4")
                         ;; (dependencies mapped-devices)
                         (device (uuid "C2D0-0B91" 'fat))
                         (mount-point "/boot/efi")
                         (type "vfat")))

  (users (cons (user-account
                (name "yasu")
                (comment "yasu")
                (group "users")
                (supplementary-groups '("wheel" "netdev"
                                        "audio" "video")))

  ;; This is where we specify system-wide packages.
  (packages (append (list
                     ;; for HTTPS access
                     ;; for user mounts

  ;; Add GNOME and Xfce---we can choose at the log-in screen
  ;; by clicking the gear.  Use the "desktop" services, which
  ;; include the X11 log-in service, networking with
  ;; NetworkManager, and more.
  (services (append (list ;; (service gnome-desktop-service-type)
                          (service gnome-desktop-service-type)
                          ;; (bluetooth-service)
                            (keyboard-layout keyboard-layout))))

  ;; Allow resolution of '.local' host names with mDNS.
  (name-service-switch %mdns-host-lookup-nss))

root@guix ~# glxinfo | egrep -i 'device|memory'
Device: Radeon RX 580 Series (POLARIS10, DRM 3.38.0, 5.8.10, LLVM 10.0.0) (0x67df)
    Video memory: 8192MB

On 18.09.2020 10:27, Efraim Flashner wrote:
On September 17, 2020 9:00:54 PM UTC, Yasuaki Kudo <> wrote:
Thank you Efraim and Raghav but I forgot to mention that I need decent web browser experience of dual 60hz 4K (HDMI).

While the reviews on do confirm Linux friendliness but they say it is way too slow for that, even with hardware acceleration enabled... 😅

Yeah, that does sound unfortunate. I would assume that another GPU
from that generation (something208) should work also but unfortunately
I don't have any experience with that.

On Sep 18, 2020, at 04:54, Efraim Flashner <> wrote:

On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 12:53:50PM +0000, Raghav Gururajan wrote:
Hello Yasuaki Kudo!

AFAIK, there is only one that is both free-software and AMD chip-set compatible. It's GeForce GT 710.


I can confirm the GeForce GT 710 works. I picked one up after I broke
the VGA port on my motherboard.

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