Fitlet: Installing Linux Mint 17.3

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Prepare installation media

Base installation of Linux Mint

  • Follow the standard Linux Mint installation procedure - choose timezone, partitions, username, password etc.
  • Disconnect the installation media and reboot.
  • Login using previously selected username and password.

ATI Catalyst video driver

  • fglrx is a proprietary ATI Catalyst video driver for Linux
  • fglrx drivers above the version 13.350 aren't compatible to fitlet. Don't use it!

RadeonSI open-source video driver

  • RadeonSI exceed the ATI Catalyst video driver in many benchmark tests
  • RadeonSI provides HW video acceleration for wider range of video codecs
sudo apt-get install mesa-vdpau-drivers-lts-vivid vdpau-va-driver vainfo vdpauinfo
cd /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/dri/
sudo ln -s vdpau_drv_video.so radeonsi_drv_video.so
  • Run vainfo and vdpauinfo commands to view list of supported accelerated profiles

Kodi and VLC

  • Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) and VLC are well known free and open-source multimedia players
  • Both of them use HW accelerated video decoding and give excellent playback quality
  • Both of them compatible with the most popular video formats
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi vlc
  • Kodi will support HW video acceleration out of the box
  • In VLC you need to select Tools->Preferences->Input and Codecs->Hardware-accelerated decoding->Video Acceleration (VA) API

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