I should point out my impression that Gnome and certain ATI/AMD graphics drivers, for certain of their graphics chips, won't 'play nice' together comes solely from my own detective work with collating forum posts, from various sources. Is it agreed this is a fact, or not?
I see nothing in the Mint documentation about this. Am I missing it, or is it not
an 'officially accepted' explanation for problems being reported by some users, during the Lisa/Gnome installation?
The posts I came across fully describe the problems (seems it's not always exactly the same), but there's never a mention of which driver version, or which Gnome build/version was installed at the time. There's usually mention of a chip number, but in view of the other two variables, I wonder, how useful is that? Another variable: different board manufacturers may integrate the same chip, but the circuitry and components on the board varies.
So, in the meantime, while this is being 'sorted', what should be done? Suggestion: If
it's agreed this is for real, then perhaps there should be a warning on the Features page, so the naive user will not give the distro a 'black eye', by claiming the problem is "Mint" when it's actually "Gnome 3".
Right now, the Features page for Linux Mint 12 says only "The new technology in Gnome 3 is exciting ...". Perhaps that should be followed with the proviso, "... but may be incompatible with certain AMD graphics chips and/or their driver versions. If a verified LiveDVD repeatedly fails to load to completion, please turn to one of our Gnome-free versions, available on the download page."
And, the warning should be prominently displayed.
Wouldn't this be better that having people burn one DVD after another (the next one is sure to work
) and then making unflattering posts mentioning only the name of the distro, on this forum, and worse, on the rest of the web?
Bear in mind, those whose experience goes smoothly, though in the majority, aren't likely to publicize this on the Internet ...