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The LibreKrsnah Laptop

Okay! It’s time to discuss the LibreKrsnah laptop. The LibreKrsnah laptop is a concept laptop that is supposed to be the best laptop ever!

I’ve had this article on my mind for quite some time, so it’s best to get it out of my head.

I’m gonna call this the LibreKrsnah Laptop 0.1 Alpha.

Size: 17 inch base model. Over the years, I’ve grown tired of small screens. I want big screens. 21 inch pro model. 23 inch ultra model.

Specs: We’re going to pack the latest and greatest hardware into this bad boy.

Upgradability: Everything on this laptop will be swappable or upgradeable.

CPU: The fastest AMD processor available. At the time of this writing, it’s the AMD Ryzen™ 9 5980HX.

GPU: The fastest AMD GPU available. At the time of this writing, it’s the AMD Radeon™ RX 6800M Mobile Graphics.

Cooling: Three fans on the base model. 4 on the 21 pro model. 5 fans on the ultra model.

Storage: 3 NVMe slots on the base model. 4 NVMe slots on the pro model. 5 NVMe slots on the ultra model.

RAM: Dual channel memory. 32 Gigs on the base model. 64 Gigs on the pro model. 64 Gigs on the ultra model.

Screen: 1440p 120Hz on the base model. 1440p 144Hz on the pro model. 1440p 144Hz on the ultra model. 4K 120Hz available for the pro and ultra models. Matte.

Ports: 2 USB C, 3 USB A, HDMI, RJ-45, SD card reader, sim card slot, mic and headphone jack, kensington, and power port on the base model. Pro model will have 3 USB C’s, 4 USB A’s and the rest. Ultra model will have 4 USB C’s, 4 USB A’s, 2 HDMI’s, and 2 sim card slots in addition to the others.

Touchpad: Centered touchpad will be also be a screen that can be enabled or disabled. Touchpads will be 2 inches larger than the current Apple Macbooks.

Keyboard: RGB Keyboard

Speakers: 4 upward firing speakers on both ends of the touchpad and 2 subwoofers at the bottom of the base model. 6 upward firing speakers on both ends of the touchpad and 2 subwoofers at the bottom of the pro model. 8 upward firing speakers on both ends of the touchpad and 4 subwoofers at the bottom of the ultra model.

Mics: 4 mics on the top bezel of the screen with additional 2 at the back on the base and pro models. 6 mics on the top bezel of the screen with additional 2 at the back on the ultra model.

Cameras: 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
16 MP, f/2.2, 107˚ (ultrawide), 1.0µm on the base model.
4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps

12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.7µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift stabilization (IBIS)
12 MP, f/2.2, 65mm (telephoto at the back), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2.5x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide) on the pro and ultra models.
4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), stereo sound rec.

These are cameras straight out of Google Pixel 5 and Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max phones. Because I don’t know jack shit about cameras. But I want good laptop cameras!

The telephoto camera will be stuck at the back of the screen. The wide and ultra wide cameras will be on the front.

Battery: 99.8Whr. Battery will be swappable just like the old school chunky laptops from the 2000’s.

OS: Laptops will come with Windows and two Linux distros installed by default.

Other features:

Laptops will have retractable feet at the bottom that will raise the laptop 2 inches above the surface it rests on.

Laptops will have grills both at the top and the bottom for maximum air flow.

Laptops will not have a logo. Instead they will have a small screen on the back where the owner can display any text or image they desire. Screen will be the size of an Apple watch for reference.

Touchscreens and fingerprint readers will be optional for all laptops.

Laptops will come with an additional battery pack pluggable via USB C that could power them for 12 hours straight on max performance mode!

Laptops will have an array of LED lights to show all the necessary functions plus an additional 3 lights that could be triggered with custom functions. Functions include: Power on battery, Caps Lock, Num Lock, Wifi On, Bluetooth On, Touchpad On.

Framework Laptop – The King Of Modular Design

Okay! I was planning to write an article about the LibreKrsnah Laptop – the greatest laptop to be ever designed.
But then I stumbled onto a YouTube video showcasing “Framework’s fully modular laptop”.

I’ve talked about the Fairphone in one of my previous articles. It’s a fully modular phone with a great design. I fully approve it.

The Framework laptop shares a similar design philosophy with Fairphone; all the components are modular, and if the user wants to upgrade or replace a component, it’s quite easy.

Framework is headed by an Indian guy named Nirav Patel. Finally an Indian with the brains and the capacity to make an impact in the tech world!

The Framework laptop looks great. I wish I could get my hands on one so I could test it myself.
It has swappable I/O modules, upgradeable RAM, SSD and replaceable keyboard, touchpad, screen, speakers, motherboard, laptop chassis, fan, battery and WiFi card.

The only component that doesn’t seem replaceable is the CPU, which appears to be soldered onto the motherboard. Quite understandable.

Is this laptop perfect?
No.
For starters, I’d have liked to see 15 inch and 17 inch models. They’re probably going to come out at some point when the consumer demand increases.
The current Framework laptop is a 13 inch model. Quite frankly, I would find a 13 inch display just a lil bit too small for my taste. It’s better than an 11 inch laptop though!

Another deficiency I noticed is that the laptop is obviously missing a dedicated GPU. It’s 2021 for Christ’s sake! Having a discrete graphics card, no matter how low tier, is a must!
They could’ve added an MX130 or MX150, at the bottom tier.

To follow up on that, I would’ve liked to see a bigger heatsink, and bigger fans, maybe 2 fans? 3 fans for a dedicated GPU for sure!

Now these may not all fit into the 13 inch model. That’s why I like bigger laptops. And thicker laptops! I don’t need a slim design. Make the laptop a thicc buoy and give it some room to breathe and cool properly.

The Framework laptop uses Intel chips. I think they’d be cooler with AMD configs.
I would’ve liked to see removable CPU and GPU chips instead of the soldered chips. It’s been done on other laptops. So why not do it on this one? There may not be much of an upgrade in the future, but they would be replaceable. So if the GPU had a problem or the motherboard had an issue, those could be easily swapped as well.

So, while the Framework laptop has some deficiencies, they only come up at the expert level of users, y’know, someone like me.
I love the swappable I/O ports. I love that the laptop comes with a screwdriver.
The laptop prices are quite on par with the current market. The Framework laptop costs 1000 bucks, while the DIY version is configurable from 750 bucks. I presume that would be the basic version running Intel’s 1135G7 chip. It’s a pretty decent quad core which is faster than my new laptop. Argh! I am jealous!

I think with an AMD lineup and some powerful NVIDIA chips, the Framework laptop could easily cater to serious users and gamers as well.

Will we see more powerful Framework laptops in the future? Well, that depends on how the current sales go.

Louis Rossmann, Right To Repair & My Laptop

Hello!
I was gone for a while for several reasons, one of them being that my new laptop had a problem.

I’ve talked about my new laptop here, and I’m a tad bit obsessed with it; well, because it cost me too much money, I like how much faster it is than my netbook, and, I still haven’t solved the backlight issue or figured out how to make NVIDIA drivers run on LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.3 alpha.

That being said, I’m running behind on a lot of articles because there have been some big changes in my life.
I just wrote about this in my last journal entry before things got worse.
I wrote an entry on May 6th and had a problem on May 7th. Come to think of it, I might just have jinxed myself because I was thinking about it at the time too.

The laptop problem wasn’t a complete mystery. After doing some quick research online, I think I had pretty much pinpointed the source of the issue and a possible fix.
But, since the laptop is still brand new and I had a warranty on it, I couldn’t open it up myself to try any fix. If my solution didn’t work, I would’ve had to return it for a repair anyway and it would’ve cost me money.

So, the sensible thing to do was return the laptop and let the company fix it.
It took them 2 weeks to resolve the issue.
And it was a miserable two weeks for me as I pulled out the wretched old netbook and struggled to daily drive it once again.

Yesterday I came across the Right To Repair videos by MKBHD and Linus Tech Tips, and I was steered towards Louis Rossmann.
I watched a couple of his videos and his voice reminded me a bit of Philip DeFranco.
Now I don’t give a rat’s ass about YouTube politics and drama so I haven’t watched Philip in a long time.

I think I may have seen a few videos titled “Right to Repair” but never watched them or, quite frankly, gave it much thought.
Now, if you’ve read my laptop series articles, then I believe I’ve mentioned the importance of choosing an easily upgradable laptop, so it can be future-proof for at least a decade.

Upgradability is a subset of repairability. If you can’t repair components in a laptop, then chances are, you can’t upgrade them either.

I see Louis Rossmann runs a company that does repairs on phones, computers and laptops. Although I don’t have as much expertise in the field of conducting hardware repairs, I do know the basics.

Louis Rossmann is the legend that went under the radar in the last decade.
I believe he launched the Right to Repair movement for electronics some time in 2018?
How did I not read, see or hear anything of him anywhere on the internet?
If it weren’t for Linus and Marques, I still wouldn’t know who Louis Rossmann was.
And that says something about the world we live in right now.

I believe Louis Rossmann is doing works on the level of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. But, since he’s doing everything legally and trying to work with the government through all the proper channels, his identity has been stifled by the corrupt government, crooked media and thieving corporations who want to maintain a monopoly to continue making big bucks forever.

It’s been 3 years since Rossmann’s Right to Repair initiative, and there has been zero legal progress so far.
The US government still hasn’t admitted any wrongdoing since the Snowden leaks. Neither has the government given Julian Assange any credit for exposing their dirty secrets.
What are the chances that Louis Rossmann will get the bill passed?

The automotive bill was passed in 2012. But a lot more people care about repairing their own cars than they do about their laptops and smartphones.
If you conduct a survey, I’d bet more people know how to fix simple problems in vehicles than they do for smartphones or smartwatches or laptops.

I believe the Right To Repair movement will only gain traction if enough people take interest in repairing their own devices. Most people don’t have the knowledge, time, patience or tools for that. They’d rather drop the items off at a repair store than try to fix things themselves. Most of them don’t know if and when they’re getting ripped off, which happens quite frequently in the business of electronic repairs.

At the same time, the world has seen an exponential growing interest in electronics within the past decade. Even small kids are playing around with smartphones and tablets. People are becoming increasingly familiar with electronic devices as they use them more often. So I think it’s just a matter of time before electronics repair becomes general knowledge; at which point, the Right To Repair bill for electronics will have to be passed.

When I bought my laptop, I’d already decided, I’d upgrade it myself. But I never thought it’d break down or that I’d have to send it back to the company to get it fixed.
At this point, I really wish I had the tools, skills and knowledge to fix anything wrong with my laptop. But since I didn’t study electronics engineering, I don’t think I could try any repairs that didn’t constitute of a simple upgrade. And that’s a damn shame.
Maybe in the future, that might change. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get a soldering gun or attempt a water cooling solution for my laptop!

I believe in Louis Rossmann’s work. I support his cause, so I’m going to link his gofundme where you can donate to help pass the Right to Repair legislation, through a direct ballot initiative.

If you like watching someone with a no-fucks given attitude and no bullshit style of talking, then check out his YouTube channel as well.

AMD & NVIDIA: The Enemies Of Linux

I just can’t get a break from these dumbass computer hardware manufacturers and their stupid fuckups.

One of the reasons I wanted a new laptop was to be able to run almost any Linux distro without any issues.
But that doesn’t seem to be the case, does it?

I’ve been waiting for several weeks for AMD to fix a backlight issue problem where the screen brightness is 100% on every boot.

Here’s an example of the error:

systemd-backlight@backlight:amdgpu_bl0.service – Load/Save Screen Backlight Brightness of backlight:amdgpu_bl0
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/systemd-backlight@.service; static)
Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Tue 2021-03-02 05:41:00 EEST; 5min ago
Docs: man:systemd-backlight@.service(8)
Process: 331 ExecStart=/usr/lib/systemd/systemd-backlight load backlight:amdgpu_bl0 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
Main PID: 331 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

Now this problem has been mentioned on several sites – on the kernel site, on AMD’s site, on systemd’s site, and on several distro forums.
Nobody seems to be doing anything to fix this big fucking problem.

So my question is, how long will I have to wait for some googley-eyed nerd to sort out whatever’s causing the problem?

I don’t wanna be blinded by my screen when I turn the laptop on every dawn.
Every week I checked the site for any updates, and all I see are more users having similar problems.

So this is my understanding on the issue: Nobody is doing anything to fix a simple backlight issue. Several users have come up with their own hacks but I’m not looking for hacks. I want a perfectly running Linux OS when I do my upgrades.

I’m not a patient man. Never was.

Here’s my advice to anyone looking to purchase a laptop and run Linux on it – go for an Intel chip. Fuck it. But a laptop cooler or a mini fridge to put your laptop in, while you’re using it. At least you won’t be blinded by the fucking screen every time you boot or wake the damn thing up.
Since both AMD and NVIDIA want to fuck around with the Linux users, fuck them both! Intel’s dropping their own GPUs soon. So wait for them and get an Intel CPU with an Intel GPU! How about that, eh?

I want all the nerds from all sides to get together – have a meeting, and figure out what’s causing this fucking problem and fix it.

Imagine my horror when I’d just got a brand new fucking laptop, installed my OS in it, upgraded the kernel and wallah! Blinding screen on every boot.

This problem will have to be fixed. I’m stuck with this machine for the rest of the decade. I don’t want to endure a stupid fucking backlight brightness problem for 10 years.

I’m raising awareness here.
This is me, calling out all the nerds and stating the problem.
This isn’t me, coming out, guns blazing, blowing craters up your asses.
But my next article, will be a volcanic eruption. Linus Torvalds – that’s your cue.

While I’m at it, here’s another problem: Why am I not seeing higher boost clock speeds on Linux? Is it AMD’s fault or the Linux kernel’s?
I haven’t looked into it yet. But before I get down to it, I suggest ya’ll look into it first.

Now, onto NVIDIA.

Everyone says AMD GPUs just work on Linux.
So why don’t NVIDIA’s?
Why doesn’t the NVIDIA X SERVER Settings work?
Now my laptop has a dedicated GPU that does fuck-all when running Linux.

The nouveau nerds are saying NVIDIA has closed sourced their graphics cards. That’s why I’m unable to make use of them.

Here’s my message to NVIDIA: NVIDIA you chinga a tu madre fuck you motherfuckers hija de su pinche, perra, aguanga, desgraciada madre!
Open source your goddamn drivers and make sure they’re working like a charm on every goddamn Linux distro on this planet.
Until that happens, I’m going to be writing an article every month, reminding the entire world just how much NVIDIA SUCKS.

Linus, are you taking notes?

AMD, lower your goddamn prices. Just because you’re making better chips than Intel doesn’t mean you should start raping your customers’ wallets.
If AMD’s 6000 series chips aren’t priced appropriately, I’ll be posting a dozen articles discussing why AMD’s chips aren’t worth the prices, but not without a detailed description of Lisa Su’s adventures with a chimpanzee.

Linus, the backlight.

Purchasing A Laptop: Considering My Requirements

I’ve wanted a laptop to replace my Lenovo S20-30 netbook for about 2 years now.

During the first 2 years of the netbook, I kinda pushed myself to accept and deal with it. But then, I got tired of optimizing my OS to run on the netbook.
Multitasking was a nightmare, and it was just a terrible terrible netbook.

Last year, I finally considered getting another laptop.
But first, I needed to get my requirements right.

So what were my requirements?

I’d like to consider myself a moderately informed person. I’m not a nerd, but I do know my way around computing devices.

Now I’m a minimalist on a tight budget. That was my first consideration. I didn’t want to buy a laptop that was overpriced.

So here’s the key points I thought of, when considering my next laptop:

1. An octa core CPU, no older than Intel’s 8th Gen, with hyperthreading

2. A decent GPU that could run GTA V smoothly. Why GTA V? Because it’s the only game with decent graphics that I watched on YouTube.
I wasn’t going to play GTA V. I wanted a GPU that would help with video editing. And I figured, if it could run GTA V, it can edit videos, right?

3. 16 Gigs of RAM, dual channel, upgradeable

4. 500 Gigs of m.2 NVMe/PCIe SSD storage

5. Dual fans to keep it cool. I’d seen a lot of laptops with 2 fans, and I thought, why not get one myself? It’s better than 1 fan, I’ll tell you that!

6. Simple design, easy repairability, and upgradability

7. Full metal body – aluminium, magnesium alloy, or carbon

Now these are a perfect specs for a powerful machine that could push through a decade.
In my opinion, any laptop that can’t last a decade isn’t worth purchasing.

So I’d decided my specs. Now it was time to start hunting for the perfect laptop.

Here’s what I found out:

1. There weren’t many laptops with 8 core processors, especially older ones. The new ones were quite expensive.
Most laptops came with 4 cores or 6 cores. New 8 core chips were too expensive.

2. Intel’s chips seemed to run hotter than AMD’s. They often experienced thermal throttling and cooling issues. They were also more expensive.

3. NVIDIA’s GPUs don’t have a proper naming system. It’s all over the place. If you’re looking for the fastest GPU, you’ll have to look it up manually and compare the results.

4. Any laptop with 16 Gigs of RAM was overpriced. Most laptops shipped with 8 gigs that you could upgrade later. Since I was coming from a 2 Gigs soldered RAM package, 8 Gigs looked pretty good to me.

5. Many laptops came with multiple storage options. You could get an SSD and add a HDD later and vice versa.

6. Design, upgradability and repairability varied with each laptop. Before purchasing, make sure you looked ’em up on YouTube.

7. Most laptops were made of plastic. Metal framed laptops were either terribly-spec’d and cheap, or incredibly-spec’d and expensive. There were no middle grounds.

8. Most sellers think a dedicated GPU means gaming laptop. That’s how they price their products and will often con you. Beware! Just because a laptop has a dedicated GPU doesn’t make it a gaming or content-creator’s laptop. The branding is just the manufacturer’s way of robbing people.
Any laptop can be used for gaming or content creation, as long as it’s spec’d properly.
When I went to the stores and asked for a laptop with dedicated graphics card, the salesmen immediately jumped on the gaming laptop section, which was, of course, overpriced.

9. A lot of stores still showcase Intel’s laptops. AMD is still not popular in the market. Sometimes, and especially if you’re explicitly asking for an AMD laptop, the stores may quote a higher price. Beware!

10. When looking at a CPU, pay attention to the TDP. It’s a good indicator of how powerful a modern CPU is, especially when you consider how U-series processors are everywhere. U-series and Y-series processors aren’t for people with serious computing requirements.

Here’s what I wish I’d known earlier:

1. NVIDIA GPUs don’t run well on Linux. If you’re a privacy oriented guy who uses Linux, look for an AMD CPU & AMD GPU combination.