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[SOLVED] Proprietary Drivers
« on: November 18, 2019, 09:46:43 am »
Hello Peppermint Forms,


I have a new curb find and so I installed Peppermint 10 and all is working well OOTB.

OK so I checked additional drivers and noticed a proprietary driver for the wireless adapter.

OK since everything is working great is there any need to install the proprietary driver for the wireless adapter.

I'm not a purest however do prefer open source software over proprietary software being this is Linux.


Thanks  :)


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thomas@Aspire-7551 ~ $ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: Aspire-7551 Kernel: 5.0.0-36-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.4.0 Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: laptop System: Acer product: Aspire 7551 v: Rev serial: N/A
           Mobo: Acer model: Aspire 7551 v: Rev serial: N/A BIOS: Phoenix v: V1.02 date: 03/29/2010
Battery    BAT0: charge: 43.4 Wh 100.0% condition: 43.4/47.5 Wh (91%) model: Panasonic AS10D51 status: Full
CPU:       Triple core AMD Phenom II N830 (-MCP-) arch: K10 rev.3 cache: 1536 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4a svm) bmips: 12569
           clock speeds: max: 2100 MHz 1: 1500 MHz 2: 1500 MHz 3: 1500 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Madison [Mobility Radeon HD 5650/5750 / 6530M/6550M]
           bus-ID: 02:00.0
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.4 ) drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1280x720@59.97hz
           OpenGL: renderer: AMD REDWOOD (DRM 2.50.0 / 5.0.0-36-generic, LLVM 8.0.0)
           version: 3.3 Mesa 19.0.8 Direct Render: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Redwood HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5000 Series]
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 02:00.1
           Card-2 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:14.2
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k5.0.0-36-generic
Network:   Card-1: Broadcom and subsidiaries NetLink BCM57780 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
           driver: tg3 v: 3.137 bus-ID: 03:00.0
           IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM43225 802.11b/g/n driver: bcma-pci-bridge bus-ID: 06:00.0
           IF: wlp6s0b1 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (1.6% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD5000BEVT size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 458G used: 7.7G (2%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 50.5C mobo: N/A gpu: 47.5
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 166 Uptime: 23 min Memory: 790.7/3941.3MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.201) inxi: 2.3.56
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Re: Proprietary Drivers
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2019, 02:49:04 pm »
If it's working .. leave as is, would be my advice :)

Too many people break stuff because they can't resist changing something that was working perfectly beforehand

Additional drivers is likely offering you a proprietary driver, but if the open source one in the kernel is working perfectly, why risk it .. at best you end up where you are already (and there's always the risk of achieving considerably less than the best outcome).
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Re: Proprietary Drivers
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2019, 03:00:00 pm »
Hello PCNetSpec,

Yep kinda what I figured and why I asked for another opinion.

I've always given the open source driver a chance to see how it preforms.

Will leave it as it is using the open source driver.


Thanks  :)

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