Bodhi 5 And Nvidia 6150se Graphics
Now, I have finally found a distro that works with open-sourced drivers and this 12 year old Gateway desktop. However, I did have to disable hardware acceleration in Vivaldi. This was hard to do, as there was screen tearing, so I couldn’t find the box to uncheck for this. I finally did so by choosing the “show all” option in Preferences. This allowed me to sneak up on the relevant section, so to speak. As soon as I unchecked the acceleration box, Vivaldi settled down and has been perfect ever sine. As has Bodhi 5.
I post this in case anyone else is using a system with these graphics, and has run up against the Ubuntu-18 “barrier.” Bodhi 5 is supported until 2023, and who knows, Bodhi 6 may also work, when it comes out. Just remember to disable hardware acceleration.
I know of no other DE that is light enough to be compatible in this situation. And it’s also beautiful and very fast. It has quickly become my favorite Linux distro. I plan to put it on a SSD soon. It should be blazingly fast then. It’s quite respectable now even on an old HDD.
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