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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 6:57 pm on March 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , amdgpu_bl0, amdgpu_bl1, backlight brightness, computers, , , drivers, , , , kernel, , Linus, Linus Torvalds, , linux drivers, nouveau, , nvidia drivers, NVIDIA X SERVER, NVIDIA X SERVER Settings, , screen brightness, ,   

    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.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 4:30 am on February 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , computers, , , ,   

    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.

     
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