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Device Driver Manager for openSUSE

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Hi, i think that it could be useful to allow users to switch between OpenSource/Proprietary drivers in use (if both are available obviously) using a simple GUI created ad-hoc for the desktop in use (KDE -> Qt , GNOME/Xfce/Lxde -> GTK). In this way, if there is any kind of problem with a driver a not-expert user can disable it or switch to another one.

Therefore i suggest to develop a device driver manager for openSUSE that could be included in YaST, or as a desktop application accessible by a non-root user (like Apper for updates).

In certain Debian (Mint, Ubuntu...) derivatives are using something like this:
[0] http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=113559&f=47
[1] https://github.com/SolydXK/device-driver-manager

Thanks for reading,



  • auto detect video card for driver install (driver management, easy to use, for new users)


For instance, think to the video card drivers. Recently nVidia, AMD
and Intel are improving their drivers but not always are the best
choice (especially AMD...).


icons/user_comment.png k. s. wrote: (2 years ago)

It would also be useful to allow users to switch between OpenSource/Proprietary drivers during the installation phase itself. Since many new users faced problems with the nvidia-plasma5 in openSUSE Leap 42.1 post installaion.

icons/user_comment.png E. C. wrote: (2 years ago)

i have seen mints version of driver manager in action, it is mostly bullet proof, the only thing i see where it could be improved is in the dealing with previous installed drivers thru any means, mints does not do a sanity check that i can see.

icons/user_comment.png k. o. wrote: (2 years ago)

In other rpm distribution (Mageia) have a "easy way" to do the same
https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Setup_the_graphical_server , could be ported or adadpted to openSUSE, I prefer the driver manager of ubuntu, because is the easiest, but it could be useful to do some similar.

I hope this idea will take in mind and be entered to openSUSE, It will be most friendly to new users.

icons/user_comment.png k. o. wrote: (2 years ago)

I found other project making the same thing for other linux distribution
somebody who can fork and adapt it to opensuse? :)

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