GigaByte GA-970A-DS3 with FX-8350: Hello Users, Any Success with any 64bit distro?
I'm eyeing a Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 MB with AMD FX-8350 for my Debian AMD 64bit distro. Web search reports mostly bad results from individual posters regarding 64bit. Openbenchmarking.org shows this board tested successfully with 64bit Ubuntu, and unspecified Mint. There is just one light at the end of the tunnel in the ubuntuforums.org. It appears that disabling iommu in the bios, and passing a kernel command iommu=soft cures crippled network, and usb operation for this board. IMHO, the Linux community is entering into troubled waters with the advent of uefi and its spawning of "innovations" like iommu, and who knows what else to emerge in the new world of the "unbios". Most of the hardware compatibility sites that were so crucial in the early days of Linux are dead, or on life support. Hope linuxquestions.org (with its high Alexa rating), and Phoronix/openbenchmarking.org can resusitate the nitty gritty reporting that former sites were known for. I propose a link here with the logo "UEFI + stop sign icon" where we can go to find "off limits" motherboards, and other peripherals that have completely abandoned any settings in their pretty 3d boot gui screens that, to date, have let Linux "in". The only big guy in the Linux ecosystem is IBM, and they are married to PowerPC server farms. However, IBM is no friend of Linux outside of its environs. The uefi spec. specifically prevents "other os" on PowerPC platforms. Won't affect most of us, but its a door that's now closed to non-IBM kernel Linux on one hardware platform. So much for IBM's intro of SLOF years ago. Bye bye SLOF..ehh?