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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.

More Laptop Problems

So, recently my laptop has randomly displayed a blank screen in the middle of my work, out of nowhere.
Pressing any keys does nothing. I have to press the power button to shut down the laptop and boot it again.
I’m not sure how common of a problem this is. I’ve never experienced such an issue with any of my previous laptops.

Another problem I’ve faced is that sometimes the screen is frozen when I wake it up from sleep.
Again, no keyboard presses or touchpad scrolls does anything and I have to press the power button to shut down the laptop.

Another issue I’ve faced is that the bluetooth turns on every time I boot the laptop, even when I’ve turned it off previously.
Since I rarely use bluetooth, this is a huge pain in the ass – having to manually turn off the bluetooth on every boot.

Of course there’s the famous brightness issue. The backlight problem still hasn’t been resolved. Thanks AMD! And fuck you.

The NVIDIA Server settings still don’t work. I can’t switch the graphics at all. So I’m stuck with the inbuilt AMD graphics while using LibreKrsnah Desktop OS.

Oh! And the laptop battery capacity has already reduced to 98%.
I’m definitely going to need a battery replacement before the warranty is over.

Linux Nerds: Don’t Buy An AMD/NVIDIA Laptop

Do you love Linux?
I love Linux.

But Linux has a problem. Well, there are 2 problems.
One, you cannot access the NVIDIA X Server Settings.
And two, the laptop reboots with the screen at maximum brightness.
Supposedly this has something to do with Linus Torvald’s new screen brightness scheme. But I’m blaming this on AMD. Well, the error itself blames AMD.

Since NVIDIA doesn’t want to make it’s Linux drivers open source, my NVIDIA graphics card is essentially useless.

I’ve waited for months for someone from these companies to fix these issues. But it’s all been crickets.

Instead of patching their drivers and ensuring their chips provide a wonderful user experience, both AMD and NVIDIA have been pumping out chips with insane performance digits.
Now what the fuck am I, as a user, supposed to do with these digits, if the chips are shitting bricks on Linux?

My AMD chip is stuck at the base frequency on Linux. There is no option for boost. It is not supported.

LibreKrsnah Desktop OS currently runs slower than Windows 10.
It lags on boot times, it lags when opening applications, it lags when loading media, it lags in everything.
And the issue here, isn’t the OS. I have fine tuned this OS to the point where it could boot within microseconds on an Intel chip.

I have tested so many Linux distros on this laptop, and all of them have been slower than LibreKrsnah Desktop OS.

At this point, I’ve given up hope that either NVIDIA or AMD will fix their problems. Both companies are only concerned with pumping out more chips and making big bucks. But at what cost?

I’m never buying an AMD/NVIDIA laptop again. Ever.
In fact, by the time I buy my next laptop, I’m pretty sure Intel will have perfected both their CPUs and discrete GPUs.
Am I an Intel fanboy? Nope!
But I was caught up in the AMD hype and forgot to research on just how terrible Linux runs on their chips.

Now one may argue that this may just be an issue with my device.
A quick duckduckgo search reveals all gaming nerds who bought an AMD/NVIDIA laptop, have faced similar issues when running Linux.
And if there’s any who haven’t experienced any problems, feel free to donate your laptops to me. Thank you very much.

I said I was going to write an article every month until these issues were resolved.
But I’ve got something better in mind. Or worse, if you’re AMD or NVIDIA.

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.