Buying a new laptop, and this time I want to make sure it actually works with Blender on GNU/Linux damnit. Aiming for one without proprietary graphics drivers.

How is the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U or AMD Ryzen 7 5700U with free drivers... will it work well enough?


@cwebber in my limited but long term experience Linux graphics can be ranked in dependability thusly

3. Nvidia (they do good hardware but the software and support for their community and users is trash so avoid all things nvidia as much as possible)

2. Intel (worst performing hardware but usually decent software and community support, but they move slowly)

1. AMD (competitive hardware and the open drivers are dependable even when it takes time for them to be choice if you need things to just work, as long as you remember their closed catalyst drivers in Linux are largely pointless)

Thus a Ryzen/AMD system with the open community drivers is the safest bet in terms of least amount of BS to put up with.

@msh @cwebber I can confirm. My Ryzen 7 works like a champ.

There's some confusion because historically the ordering is Intel, Nvidia, AMD - but AMD did the right thing in investing on open drivers, and over the years that's paying off.

Mileage might be different if you use an older kernel than your hardware (eg if you use an Enterprise grade distro)

@michel_slm @msh I run Guix and already use the nonguix repo for the mainline kernel so I'm usually pretty up to date :)

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