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Questions on Installing AMD's RX 6800XT Drivers under Linux (Fedora)

Currently, I'm using the AMD graphics drivers baked into the Linux kernel under Fedora.  I decided to try the actual AMD Linux drivers:

but after wading through the installation instructions:

I decided I didn't know enough to make it through successfully.  So, I have some questions.

  1. Is this driver even compatible with Fedora?  According to the Release Notes, it's compatible with:

    Ubuntu 18.04.5(6) HWE
    Ubuntu 20.04.4 HWE
    RHEL/CentOS 7.9
    RHEL/CentOS 8.6
    RHEL/CentOS 9.0
    SLED/SLES 15 SP 3

    I'm assuming Fedora falls under the RHEL category.  But, at a driver level, I don't know if that's a valid assumption.
  2. Under:

    it says for RHEL, install with:

    sudo yum install ./amdgpu-install-VERSION.rpm
    Under Fedora, I assume I change that yum to a dnf.  But, what part of the driver name is considered the "VERSION"?  The current driver is called:


    So, do I replace VERSION with "" or with ""?
  3. Next, the instructions use waffle words like "might" and "consider" when talking about OpenCL:

    Again, I'm just a normal person.  Do I or do I not want to install OpenCL?  I assume not since it talks about OpenGL being the default and I've at least heard of that.
  4. It also gives me an option for installing Vulkan.  I'm just surprised by that option.  Why wouldn't Vulkan be the standard default?
  5. Then, the instructions talk about SecureBoot support (which I need):

    That involves Machine Owned Keys (MOK), mokutil, the MOK Manager, rebooting, and temporary passwords.  Really?  Is there no way to make this more streamlined or easier?

    I guess most of the above is just me griping about the difficulty of installing these drivers vs the drivers in Windows.  So, once I get an answer to the compatibility of the drivers with Fedora and what VERSION means, I can probably work my way through it.  But, really, is there no way to make this easier?

BTW:  what do these proprietary drivers get me over the kernel drivers?  I'm assuming I'll get some equivalent of the neat software/utility AMD provides on the Windows side of things (Adrenalin).

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