Is anyone educated on coreboot/libreboot/Intel Management Engine? Seems like a whole can of worms regarding proprietary BIOS. I'm not sure what to think about it.
I think it's probably more hassle than it's worth, you will be dealing in nearly 10 year old hardware at this point to be able to get it to work - I believe the last Thinkpad capable of doing this is the X220 (there were people fervently working toward getting this to work about a year ago, I would assume they succeeded).Is anyone educated on coreboot/libreboot/Intel Management Engine? Seems like a whole can of worms regarding proprietary BIOS. I'm not sure what to think about it.
I'm by no means an expert on this, but as I understand it, the Linux kernel has built-in open-source drivers for Radeon (AMD) GPU, whereas nvidia drivers must be installed separately. So if you want a dedicated GPU on a linux system, there is a strong case to be made for going with AMD Radeon to avoid compatibility issues.@Feyoder seems to have some knowledge in this area.
The current laptop is an ASUS. I didn't do any research, as my current laptop broke in a foreign country. I just went into a shop and bought one with 16GB RAM.
This is the first time, since using Linux for around 13 years I had troubles installing. Specifically, I think, I spent two days trying to get the graphics and networking both working. Out of the box it worked with very jerky graphics. After installing the correct drivers it would not login. There was quite a long-winded fix, including updating the kernel.
One of the biggest issues I have had with Linux is graphics card slaughter the battery. I read that they tend to drain the battery 5X quicker and that seems about right to me. They can be setup not to do that, but it's not out of the box and it's not simple, at least not on my machine.
Another issue I have had with Linux is using encrypted home. I've been using that since 2012/2013, but it seemed to me to have some very significant performance issues with file transfers. Again, I believe, this can be fixed, but it's not simple.
Those would be two very useful things for the community to iron out. So for this reason integrated graphics may be better. Though the reason that I have gone for dedicated graphics is my first laptop's integrated graphics died. And when that happens, it's not worth fixing.
For the next buy I am looking at:
- no problems with graphics/battery
- 4TB NVMe
- encrypted home without considerable performance issues
- battery that will survive a mid-length flight
- security features suggested above would be good
I picked up a used Lenovo Thinkpad T470s off of eBay for a couple hundred bucks a few months ago. This is a business model that was released a few years ago, so you aren't paying a premium for the latest/greatest laptop. Has an Intel i7 2.80Ghz CPU, 12.0GB RAM, 250GB SDD. I really just use it for web surfing and watching videos, so it's probably overpowered for my typical usage, but I like having a real computer instead of a Chromebook or similar.If you want something cheap, just buy something used on eBay. Long gone are the days of struggling with drivers, in my experience. Any computer you're likely to find will run just fine with Linux.
Personally, I like to support smaller companies that make Linux a priority, so I have in the past bought System76 and others, but I've also just bought old Dell or Thinkpad laptops and it's been fine.
What kind of developments? The only thing I've heard of is the EOMA68, which hopes to be the engine "under the hood" of modular computer design: https://www.crowdsupply.com/eoma68/micro-desktopI think it's probably more hassle than it's worth, you will be dealing in nearly 10 year old hardware at this point to be able to get it to work - I believe the last Thinkpad capable of doing this is the X220 (there were people fervently working toward getting this to work about a year ago, I would assume they succeeded).
With the advent of ARM processors on the horizon, I believe there will be some very interesting developments in the CPU space.
I'm happy not to be looking for a new laptop. Would be a stressful task for some of us. Have had the one metal chassis Japanese brand for many years with debian and already replaced the keyboard on it twice, once following a coffee spill, once as worn out.I'm on the market for a new laptop - any recommendations? Linux preferred.
I know someone with this model, they are satisfied with it. Have not played extensively with it myself though. Handset is made in Germany. I can see that /e/ have expanded their range, fairphone handset now. Can live without a proper smartphone myself though, already have something degoogled, but if I didn't would probably get it.Any news on the /e/ operating system and recs on that type of de googled phone?