I am a chronic distro hopper, that I have used a lot of Linux Distros from 2002 to 2020 - I always have a softcorner with RPMs distros but usually the DEBian family edges one step ahead than the other.
Mandriva was and still is my all time favorite Linux Distro - I always consider Mandriva as the Ubuntu in RPM arena but Mandriva itself is so much better than Ubuntu. It was so painful that awesome distro had to stop. Then I followed with Mageia since all those news and hype showed its the direct descendant of Mandriva. Mageia 7, I used for the last time, its stable cool and works - never disappointed the Mandriva legacy.
This is the first time I am using OpenMadriva, I wanted to try it earlier but mostly reviews were bad, says the distro was not matured etc. However today I installed it on my Lenovo IdeaPad 330 Ryzen 5. I downloaded the zenver ISO and dumped into the USB using Fedora Image writer ( I was testing Fedora 32 and it seriously disappointed me in multi ways :-\ ) .
Ok, good news first -
- installation was butter smooth, no confusion - The installer is way too better than Anaconda ( seriously complicated installer in Linux )
- total installation time was around 12 minutes - super fast
- WIFI picked up automatically - Super cool, I have tried PCLINUXOS, Fedora 32, MXLinux19, KUBUNTU 19, Manjaro & Mageia - only Mageia picked it automatically, so I was positive OpenMadriva would do same. Good job. My WiFi is Realtek RTL8821CE 802.11ac
well, thats all, now the bad news as below -
I have some vision related health issues, so I always keep the laptop brightness low - The fresh installation of OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 x86_64 has issues with BackLight. I tried to set it with my keys, only an icon in the screen shows its decreasing, but nothing happening actually. I tried the applet in the panel and used mouse to decrease the brightness, nothing happened. So I went to install xbacklight app, so I opened DNFDragora. OK it opened up but in my Fedora32 it always hanged. But the the REPOs are not refreshed. So I clicked refresh metadata, some screen activity happened but no refreshment happened actually.
well, then I opened the Konsole, and fire dnf update and dnf upgrade then the repos are refreshed.
then I done dnf search xbacklight - result nothing found. So I downloaded the RPM file from rpmfind website
then I installed and again
[root@jeevan-81d2 light-master]# xbacklight No outputs have backlight property
so no backlight control property, and yes that line acpi_backlight=vendor is already added in GRUB line, I checked.
OK, moving on - NO Touchpad, nothing… so I tried xinput commandline, no such package installed ! hmm ok , I installed using dnf and xinput again. Result as below
[root@jeevan-81d2 light-master]# xinput ⎡ Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)] ⎜ ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ SIGMACHIP Usb Mouse id=10 [slave pointer (2)] ⎣ Virtual core keyboard id=3 [master keyboard (2)] ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard id=5 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Power Button id=6 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Video Bus id=7 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Video Bus id=8 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Power Button id=9 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ EasyCamera: EasyCamera id=11 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ Ideapad extra buttons id=12 [slave keyboard (3)] ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard
yes, Touchpand is not detected. This was an issue in Fedora 32 as well. my MXLinux19 picked up the TouchPad with no issue.
Now I need to optimize my laptop for battery save, by default I tried to install
#dnf install tlp tlp-rdw
[root@jeevan-81d2 light-master]# dnf install tlp Last metadata expiration check: 1:59:48 ago on Friday 12 June 2020 06:38:51 PM IST. No match for argument: tlp Error: Unable to find a match: tlp
Meh, should not it be there ? ok, I then installed the next option - powertop. Then I fired the commands as below
[root@jeevan-81d2 boot]# systemctl start powertop Failed to start powertop.service: Unit powertop.service not found. [root@jeevan-81d2 boot]# systemctl start powertop.service Failed to start powertop.service: Unit powertop.service not found.
again, Meh :-/
by the time I am writing these - Battery performance - took 28 minutes to reach 63% from full charge. Well, the boot time is not so good as well.
[root@jeevan-81d2 light-master]# systemd-analyze Startup finished in 2.116s (kernel) + 15.259s (initrd) + 37.387s (userspace) = 54.762s graphical.target reached after 22.601s in userspace
Now, I tried this Desktop Preset option, I went for MacOS way. So it asked me the root password and I waited for some time. Then my desktop layout changed with top panel and dock below. Well, its super ugly, I reverted to Breeze back. Now what happened, is that the DOCK in the bottom stayed. Yes that large DOCK stayed and I tried my level best to remove it, tried many options, no options to remove it. So I logged out and logged in again. Now the system got a screen-flickering, system went hang ! I had to hard reboot. Now again, the DOCK is still there and system went hanged. I had to hard switch off.
Man, I hate to say this but its disappointing. I really wish this distro gets better in next-next releases, I always liked Mandriva, I hope OpenMandrivaLx gets better soon.
My Laptop Hardware info -
[root@jeevan-81d2 jeevan]# inxi -Fxxxza System: Host: jeevan-81d2 Kernel: 5.5.12-desktop-1omv4001 x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.2.1 parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.5.12-desktop-1omv4001 root=UUID=b3b24193-40a2-464a-8ea1-57d334f78890 ro quiet splash logo.nologo acpi_osi=Linux "acpi_osi=!Windows 2012" acpi_backlight=vendor audit=0 rd.timeout=120 scsi_mod.use_blk_mq=1 dm_mod.use_blk_mq=1 rd.systemd.show_status=0 systemd.show_status=0 Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.17.5 wm: kwin_x11 dm: SDDM Distro: OpenMandrivaLinux 4.1 Mercury Machine: Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 81D2 v: Lenovo ideapad 330-15ARR serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 10 v: Lenovo ideapad 330-15ARR serial: <filter> Mobo: LENOVO model: LNVNB161216 v: NO DPK serial: <filter> UEFI: LENOVO v: 7VCN24WW date: 06/15/2018 Battery: ID-1: BAT0 charge: 18.7 Wh condition: 25.8/35.0 Wh (74%) volts: 8.2/7.6 model: LGC L17L2PF0 type: Li-poly serial: <filter> status: Charging CPU: Topology: Quad Core model: AMD Ryzen 5 2500U with Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Zen family: 17 (23) model-id: 11 (17) stepping: N/A microcode: 8101007 L1 cache: 384 KiB L2 cache: 2048 KiB L3 cache: 4096 KiB flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm bogomips: 31941 Speed: 2792 MHz min/max: 1600/2000 MHz boost: enabled Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2789 2: 2785 3: 2792 4: 2793 5: 2794 6: 2779 7: 2802 8: 2796 Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected Type: l1tf status: Not affected Type: mds status: Not affected Type: meltdown status: Not affected Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full AMD retpoline, IBPB: conditional, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected Graphics: Device-1: AMD Raven Ridge [Radeon Vega Series / Radeon Vega Mobile Series] vendor: Lenovo driver: amdgpu v: kernel bus ID: 03:00.0 chip ID: 1002:15dd Display: x11 server: OpenMandriva X.org 1.20.7 driver: none compositor: kwin_x11 resolution: 1366x768~60Hz OpenGL: renderer: AMD RAVEN (DRM 3.36.0 5.5.12-desktop-1omv4001 LLVM 9.0.1) v: 4.6 Mesa 20.0.2 direct render: Yes Audio: Device-1: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Raven/Raven2/Fenghuang HDMI/DP Audio vendor: Lenovo driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 03:00.1 chip ID: 1002:15de Device-2: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 17h HD Audio vendor: Lenovo driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 03:00.6 chip ID: 1022:15e3 Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.5.12-desktop-1omv4001 Network: Device-1: Realtek RTL8821CE 802.11ac PCIe Wireless Network Adapter vendor: Lenovo driver: rtl8821ce v: N/A port: 3000 bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 10ec:c821 IF: wlp1s0 state: up mac: <filter> Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: Lenovo driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 2000 bus ID: 02:00.0 chip ID: 10ec:8168 IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> Drives: Local Storage: total: 931.51 GiB used: 7.12 GiB (0.8%) ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST1000LM035-1RK172 size: 931.51 GiB block size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s rotation: 5400 rpm serial: <filter> rev: LCM2 scheme: GPT Partition: ID-1: / raw size: 465.51 GiB size: 457.20 GiB (98.22%) used: 7.02 GiB (1.5%) fs: ext4 block size: 4096 B dev: /dev/sda3 Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 54.2 C mobo: N/A gpu: amdgpu temp: 54 C Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A Info: Processes: 220 Uptime: 1h 05m Memory: 7.39 GiB used: 2.18 GiB (29.5%) Init: systemd v: 244 runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: N/A Shell: bash (su) v: 5.0.11 running in: konsole inxi: 3.0.37