Debian testing Xfce is a fast, stable and easy to use Linux distribution. It is a rolling release distribution,so you update whenever you want.
Burn the netinstaller to a cdrw or usb memory:
Choose Debian Desktop and Xfce in the installer. Use the Whisker menu plugin along with the Weather plugin and remove the original applications menu. You can configure the Xfce desktop freely, so make it suitable for your liking.
Install the latest firmware-amd-graphics Debian package from:
If you can not boot to the desktop, commands for the Linux rescue mode (select it from the Grub) or the installer media Rescue mode chroot:
apt-get install wget
dpkg -i firmware-amd-graphics_xxxxxx_all.deb
With Synaptic install gdebi. With Gdebi you can install downloaded .deb packages easily. Give the root password when asked. Software from RedHat Inc. is buggy,, unneeded and makes your computer slow so install Wicd and QasMixer and remove networkmanager, pulseaudio,modemmanager and avahi packages.
To build a faster and stable custom kernel, install: sudo build-essential qt5-default qt5-qmake qtbase5-dev qtbase5-dev-tools bison flex libelf-dev libssl-dev pkg-config .
Add yourself to sudoers:
adduser username sudo
Logout and login to make sudo to work.
Latest amdgpu firmware:
Oibaf PPA (use latest ubuntu version packages):
To remove ppa drivers,get apt-purge from Ubuntu and type:sudo ppa-purge repository_name. You might need to install xfce4 and xserver-org packages again. Xfce usb automount needs gvfs and gvfs-bin packages too.
PPAs with Debian,use case B: http://www.webupd8.org/2014/10/how-to-add-launchpad-ppas-in-debian-via.html
Latest Amdgpu kernels
Use the command: git clone -b amd-staging-drm-next git://people.freedesktop.org/~agd5f/linux
The kernel configuration file of Debian Official kernel are available in /boot, named after the kernel release. Copy the .config file to the linux directory. Connect all your devices and run the command: make localmodconfig.
Use the command: make xconfig and check that you have enabled: Reroute Broken IRQ, Amd IOMMU, Virtualization KVM and 1000Hz CPU timer. I also disabled Swap, Kernel Debug, CPU Freq scaling , Cpu handling in Acpi, Used Bios to control CPU and devices. In the drivers/graphics/amdgpu enable cik support for a gcn 1.1 gpu and si support for a gcn 1.0 gpu.
Configuring wifi: https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Wifi
To prevent random kernel lock ups with Ryzen, enable RCU_NOCB_CPU and boot the kernel with the rcu_nocbs=0-X command line parameter. X is the cpu thread count -1. To fix this with bios, set to Typical Current Idle in the bios Advanced/AMD CBS menu.
Create custom Debian kernel packages:
make -j 12 bindeb-pkg.
-j is the number of threads in your CPU.
Install the kernel package with Gdebi. To make a custom kernel to boot, add a line to /etc/initramfs-tools/modules:
And run: sudo update-initramfs
How to install Steam:
wine-staging gives fps boost with the help of the cpu.