Xfce Does Xfce requires less or simpler hardware drivers (compared to KDE)?

ikevin8me

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I'm using KDE with the drm-kmod graphics driver and just experienced a hang issue. I'm just wondering if I switch over to Xfce, would it work without this drm-kmod driver? My gut feeling is it would require the same hardware drivers. But however, I remember that many years ago things were much simpler when I used Xfce on FreeBSD. Well, re-installation is a lengthy process and would appreciate some tips/pointers. Thanks! :)
 

Alain De Vos

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The video card you have specifies the driver you should use. Which video card are you using ?
 

Vull

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Does Xfce requires less or simpler hardware drivers (compared to KDE)?
I don't think so.

I've seen a lot of conflicting opinions on this subject and can only vouch for my own experience. I've had no luck with drm-kmod alone, but I have good graphics since I also installed xf86-video-ati. It seems I need both.

I'm running 13.0-RELEASE-p2 and I have radeon graphics on an AMD cpu, but this reportedly applies to intel graphics drivers as well. You might need to use xf86-video-intel instead of xf86-video-ati; I simply don't know. But...

If I try to load any modules in /boot/loader.conf or in /etc/rc.conf, my configuration fails and I see a lot of error messages. If I use drm-kmod by itself, the graphics drivers fail, with a lot of errors. The only thing I've tried which works for me is to install the packages drm-kmod and xf86-video-ati, and then do no other configuration changes.

My working understanding, which might be wrong, is that drm-kmod is a "meta-port" which provides various useful modules to the xf86-video-ati driver, but it needs the xf86-video-ati driver to work correctly.

I don't use sddm. I have lightdm_enable="YES" in my /etc/rc.conf file. This works with kde5, and also, on another install on the same hardware, it works with MATE.

I was able to get sddm to work before, but I just don't like it, because sddm is such a resource-hog.
 

olivierd

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Xfce is able to run with the xf86-video-vesa driver (but if you want to use features of compositor, session will crash, otherwise everything is fine).
 

bsduck

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Both allow you to disable their compositor and should therefore work with basic drivers. Both will need better drivers to use compositing. I don't think there's a difference in requirements.

Well, re-installation is a lengthy process and would appreciate some tips/pointers.
What reinstallation?
 
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