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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.

I Got A New Laptop

Bam!

Here we go!

I finally got a “brand new” laptop.
I spent a lot of time procrastinating on the announcement because I was working on some other things.

Like my previous netbook, I will not be revealing any specifics at this point.
As far as I can remember, I’d never mentioned specific details regarding my netbook, until I was finally in the process of moving away from it.

Now that I’ve switched devices, I can finally make the announcement.

I know this sounds ridiculous but this is part of my privacy-security threat model.
Writing articles in my no-nonsense, straight-forward, factual style is a dangerous hobby. It could get me killed.
Don’t believe me? Just look at China, India, Thailand, Egypt and a dozen other countries where bloggers have been arrested, jailed, or assassinated.

So I will not be discussing which laptop I finally managed to procure. At least not yet.

I will say this – I had to hassle a lot to finally get my hands on this device.
Had to go through a lot of hurdles to buy it.
First of all, all the stores that I visited had Intel laptops.
And once I mentioned that I wanted a dedicated GPU, they directed me to the gaming sections, with the Lenovo Legions and HP Omens.
I was disgusted!

It’s going to get worse from now on. Because laptop manufacturers have finally found a new way to scam consumers with yet another useless genre – laptops for creators, which are becoming increasingly popular in demand.

Remember when they came up with the ultrabooks? Then they invented the convertibles.
Now, they’ve invented laptops with microbials. Have you heard of this shit?
Pretty soon, they’ll invent laptops with retractible silicon hands targeted towards the basement dwelling neckbeards.

The first thing that I did was to look up the prices of all the laptops online.
Then I went to all the stores in my area and gathered their prices.
All the local stores had jacked up the prices by a significant amount compared to online stores.

I’m not a rich bastard.
And every online site I visited had some bad reviews from customers regarding opened packages and faulty devices and receiving devices with different specs…
I didn’t have enough money to tolerate all these fucking problems, okay?
I just wanted a brand new device with no problems! Delivered ON TIME.

Now I did order a laptop online.
But I did it directly from the manufacturer’s. Figured I’d have less problems in doing so. Buoyiyiyiyiy! Was I so wrong!
But that’s a story for another day.

And then I pulled a real gangsta move: I went to a couple of stores, showed them a different manufacturer’s laptop and asked them if they could get me one and for how much.
Imagine going to an Apple store and asking if you could buy a Surface Pro.
LOL

They all agreed. All I had to do was pick the one with the lowest estimate.
In doing so, I was able to avoid getting ripped off.

Now I chose a 2 year old laptop model, because it’s the only one I could afford. And that really sucks because I spent 800 bucks on a 2 year old model that sold for really cheap in the US.
In fact, I could get a refurbished laptop for 600 bucks with better specs!

A part of me has some percentage of buyer’s remorse because the laptop that I bought has now been made obsolete by newer better models at the same price point.

And I feel like an idiot because now, my new laptop is literally old and the only consolation I can give myself is that maybe it suits me because I’m a minimalist. But we all know that’s bullshit. I got conned.

Had I waited until now, I could’ve got myself a hexacore brand new 2021 edition laptop or at least the powerful Ideapad gaming 3.
And, on that line of thought, if I could wait a few more weeks or months, I could get an even more powerful laptop!
Jesus Christ!
Where does this all end?

In the market today, CPUs get obsolete really fast! GPUs are likely to stay relevant for at least 2-3 years. But new CPUs are been churned out annually so it kinda sucks for people who don’t have money to buy a new laptop every year or so.

So this machine has a quad core processor, a dedicated GPU, a single channel 8 Gig RAM and a slow ass HDD.
That’s right folks, I couldn’t afford an SSD. And I couldn’t afford 16 gigs of dual channel memory either.
BUT, it is upgradable. So in the future, I could add another RAM stick, an SSD and so on.
The NVIDIA GPU wasn’t compatible with LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.1 beta. I did spend several days working on LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.2 beta but the GPU problem still isn’t fixed.
So, I have to switch to Windows whenever I want to use the GPU.

In hindsight, perhaps I should’ve chosen an AMD CPU – AMD GPU config since I primarily run Linux. AMD CPU – NVIDIA GPU configs have a lot of problems on Linux. AMD GPUs though, aren’t as powerful as NVIDIA’s.

AMD CPUs just became faster than Intel. Up until 2019, Intel chips were still more powerful than AMD’s.

So, how does my “new” laptop stack up against my old ones?
Well, the CPU is at least 500% faster than my HP laptop and over 1300% faster than my Lenovo netbook!

The integrated GPU is at least 900% faster than the integrated GPU in my HP laptop and over 1000% faster than the integrated GPU in my Lenovo netbook.

The dedicated GPU is at least 2800% faster than the integrated GPU in my HP laptop, and over 3000% faster than the integrated GPU in my Lenovo netbook.

So, is it an upgrade? Of course!
But is it the best upgrade I could’ve made? No.

At the time of my purchase, the Ideapad Gaming sold for around $850 which was already over my $800 baseline. I’m quite surprised that Lenovo dropped the prices so quickly. I think this only goes to prove how Lenovo pricks can’t be trusted. I’ve heard this from several reviewers as well – Lenovo keeps changing their prices all the time. If the Ideapad Gaming started selling so well, I bet they’d bump the prices up to $1000 the very next day!
FUCK LENOVO! LENOVO SUCKS!

I’ll be adding an additional RAM stick in the future, and get an SSD. That should significantly bump up the performance.

It’s very weird that LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.1 beta took longer to boot on the “new” laptop than my old netbook. I think there will be some optimizations in the future.
I do have a roadmap for the upgrades coming next year, so maybe I’ll write an article about that.

Footnote: In explaining the details of the specs, I believe I’ve already doxxed my laptop. Oh well!

Krsnah OS: End Of Support

Alright! That’s it!
I’ve had enough of this Linux ecosystem because updates keep breaking everything.

The Linux ecosystem sucks!
Let me say that again: LINUX SUCKS!

I don’t care what distro you are on. I don’t care if you’re running Linux or Unix or Microdick Windows okay? They all suck!

Last month I updated Krsnah Mobile OS v4.3. And the update broke the icons and notification system. So I had to roll back.

Today, I updated Krsnah Desktop OS v4.3. And guess what? The WiFi broke. I could not access my WiFi because the WiFi module stopped working. So I narrowed it down to either the Linux Kernel or the Broadcom Wireless Driver update, and, after some thought, my router.
I rolled back again.
Just to make sure it wasn’t the router, I rolled back those settings to a file from July 2016.

Here’s the crazy thing – The Broadcom Wireless Drivers just uninstalled by themselves from my emergency Windows partition. What kind of magic crap is this?
And nothing worked until I rolled my Linux partition to a previous date.

And I rebooted my netbook a dozen times just to check that the WiFi worked every single time.

I was sitting in the morning, relaxing after breakfast, and I thought to myself, let me grab the updates from upstream. And everything was fine until I restarted the netbook.

Then I had to do some research and go hunting for a solution. I tried some stuff but nothing worked.
The easiest solution was to roll back.
And I still wasted a few hours on this crap!

So, I’ve had enough of software updates.
I don’t want any more updates.
I don’t want to deal with little things breaking here and there and having to reinstall the whole OS when something important stops working.

From now on, there will be no rolling updates.
After my last installation during the Lockdown, I managed to fix the screen recording issue. But it cost me about 3 days to get everything set up and working again.
I don’t have that much time to waste on a stupid netbook with stupid software updates.
Is this thing worth 3 days of my life? I DON’T THINK SO!

Krsnah Desktop OS v4.3 and Krsnah Mobile OS v4.3 are the final LTS editions for this year.
That means there won’t be a single software update on either OS unless something important breaks. And I don’t know why anything would break if nothing’s been modified.

Maybe now I’ll have time to configure some things I really wanted to start using and actually spend some time using them instead of wasting all my time updating stuff that I never get to use.

As for security patches and fixes, well, I stopped worrying about them the day I switched to Linux and rooted my phone.

The next updates will be done on the last week of the year. Maybe I’ll create a new build and start next year with a fresh install on both devices.

Crappy Privacy Alternatives: A Note To My Readers

Yesterday, I was on a roll. This is currently my 10th week in quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There are times when I get frustrated and angry. I need to go out, get some fresh air and get back to my former schedule. But in the interest of self-preservation, I chose to stay in my room all day and night. Physically, I’m quite healthy, and I”m very grateful for that. Mentally though, the isolation is taking it’s toll.

Crappy Privacy Alternatives is a series that I’ve wanted to discuss for a couple of years now. I just never got around to doing it. But the opportunity has presented itself and I’m on it.

There’s a couple of things I’d like to clarify though. I know yesterday’s articles may be misunderstood by some people. These articles are not coming out of malice or hatred. I’m just here to be upfront about things and tell it like it is. I happened to interact with the developer of SSB during my time on it, and he’s a nice guy. If he happened to come across my article, I don’t think it would lift his spirits up.

There are some facts that need to be told and I happen to be the type of guy that is very straightforward about it. I happen to know a thing or two about technology. I’m currently running my own build of custom Linux going by the name Krsnah Desktop OS. It’s been a work of progress and I’ve never been fully satisfied with it. There’s a lot of things that don’t work as I would like them to and sadly, there’s not much I can do to fix it.

So, would I recommend my own OS to someone else? Absolutely not. They’d be better off with one of the popular distros that just work out of the box. Facts.

It takes a lot of passion, dedication and hard work to create something that’s different. Scuttlebutt is one of them. Blockchain is another. Bitcoin another. And that goes for IPFS, Zeronet and so on.

These projects are a reason of hope that commercial corporate products will never take over and rule the market. These projects give people a choice. It’s a tough choice, but nevertheless, it’s worth a try.

I’m a fan of technology, particularly ones that enable people to communicate online. The mainstream options of online communication have become polluted by greed, politics and control. Advertisements, data mining, censorship and surveillance are some of the characteristics of the mainstream social networks. As a result, I’ve always explored the alternative options and adopted the ones that fit my requirements.

Regardless of my opinions on these projects, my readers are free to try out and use whatever they like. My criteria of what’s acceptable may be different from yours.