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Updating kernel, mesa and Xorg

asked 2014-09-01 14:03:34 -0500

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Right now i am running Fedora 19 with all updates and since I have a Radeon HD 8970M, I am forced to use the Catalyst Driver since the open source driver doesnt support my graphic card. So i was thinking about updating meas, xorg and the kernel to the latest version in the Fedora 21 or rawhide repo.

So my Question is, should I do that or will it break something because I am still running Fedora 19 (my concern goes mainly to the kernel, i dont think that xorg or mesa will break anythink) When yes, what is the best way to that? ( I know that there is a way to install packages from other repos without permanently enabling them, but I forgot the right command/cant find it on google) And besides that, should I update any other repos?

Side note: I dont realy whant to upgrade to Fedora 20 or 21 directly because when the open source driver are not working I would have to downgrade since the catalyst driver is not working on F20/21 becauce of the Gnome Wayland support

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answered 2014-09-01 16:37:17 -0500

I am actually running the proprietary AMD Catalyst driver on Fedora 20 with the latest kernel (3.15.10-201). You can patch the Catalyst driver so that it will work with kernel versions above 3.13 (otherwise it won't install), but you do have to use a non-GNOME desktop environment (I use KDE) or an outdated version of GNOME (prior to 3.10). If you're interested, see my blog:

I can't make any guarantees, but that's what I know. As for installing packages from other repos without permanently enabling them, I would just add the repository you need, disable all your usual repositories (if necessary), perform the updates you want, and then disable the new repository and re-enable all the others (if necessary). Personally, if I were you and I desperately needed to keep GNOME, I'd try running Fedora 20 but excluding GNOME updates by adding the relevant packages to the exclude= line in the [main] section of /etc/yum.conf. That way you keep current, but you can still use GNOME. If you can live without GNOME, I'd just install KDE and run Fedora 20. Despite my love for GNOME, that very much simplified my life, and KDE ain't so bad.

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