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The modular Framework Laptop gets a new model with 12th Gen Intel

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Framework are doing some great things after the first model of the modular Framework Laptop, then the mainboard release and new an upgraded model with 12th Gen Intel.

The new unit as a whole has some other parts upgraded too including a redesigned lid assembly for "significantly improved rigidity" and they say how they've also "carefully optimized standby battery life, especially for Linux users". A new expansion card is also coming soon for 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet.

Sticking to their promise of being modular and reducing waste, this 12th Gen Intel unit will also be available as an upgrade module to swap if you have a current Framework Laptop. The top cover is also available by itself for people who want the newer version and there's also an upgrade kit for them both.

The new units go up for pre-order today in US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Austria, and Ireland with more countries being announced through this year. To order you need to place a deposit which is fully refundable and it's being done again in a batch system.

For their original model, the price has also been dropped to sell them all and fully move onto the new model. The 11th Gen Intel DIY model is down to £699 or £899 for the pre-built Windows model. While the new 12th Gen Intel DIY model is £819 and the pre-built £1,049.

Framework continue testing and working on their Linux support in the DIY edition too, noting that they've now tested Fedora 36 working "fantastically well out of the box, with full hardware functionality including WiFi and fingerprint reader support" and Ubuntu 22.04 "also works great after applying a couple of workarounds, and we’re working to eliminate that need".

More info on the Framework blog post.

I truly hope to see more of this come along, it's super wasteful to get rid of an entire laptop for upgrades.

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skaplon 19 May
Network with a Realtek card
Got so many problems with realtek, from plain not working to slow as molasses so many times on linux
Off course they have testing and making sure this one is good but is hard to get away from recent bad experience with it
Doc Angelo 19 May
To be honest... I expected that the company made previous parts obsolete. But apparently they did not. The new frame can still be used with the existing modules. Very nice indeed!

However, looking through the shop, where a lot of spare parts and different modules can be seen, literally all of them are "coming soon". What does that mean? Did they ever sell parts, or is that part of the store in the "coming soon" mode since years? Or is there simply a lack of supply - for some reason for every single part?
Pirolisi 19 May
Quoting: skaplonNetwork with a Realtek card
Got so many problems with realtek, from plain not working to slow as molasses so many times on linux
Off course they have testing and making sure this one is good but is hard to get away from recent bad experience with it
I Never had a single problem with realtek network cards on linux.
Lofty 19 May
Quoting: Pirolisi
Quoting: skaplonNetwork with a Realtek card
Got so many problems with realtek, from plain not working to slow as molasses so many times on linux
Off course they have testing and making sure this one is good but is hard to get away from recent bad experience with it
I Never had a single problem with realtek network cards on linux.

the only time i had a problem with realtek on linux was when my port started to go faulty after 7 years of constant usage. I guess i watched too much content and it got worn out
slaapliedje 19 May
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Quoting: skaplonNetwork with a Realtek card
Got so many problems with realtek, from plain not working to slow as molasses so many times on linux
Off course they have testing and making sure this one is good but is hard to get away from recent bad experience with it
I miss 3Com....
slaapliedje 19 May
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If they figured out how to do modular GPUs on that thing, I'd buy one really fast.
iiari 19 May
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I'm looking forward to hearing battery life reports. I wish one of the modules was a larger battery. If this thing can match or break 8 hrs on a single charge, I'd buy one in a heartbeat. It has virtually everything else I want. But I'm currently reading more like 4-6 hrs for Linux users, which is a non-starter for me in my workday....


Last edited by iiari on 19 May 2022 at 10:27 pm UTC
skaplon 25 May
Quoting: Pirolisi
Quoting: skaplonNetwork with a Realtek card
Got so many problems with realtek, from plain not working to slow as molasses so many times on linux
Off course they have testing and making sure this one is good but is hard to get away from recent bad experience with it
I Never had a single problem with realtek network cards on linux.

You got lucky then. Lookup RTL8139 linux problems on you favourite search engine
slaapliedje 25 May
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Quoting: skaplon
Quoting: Pirolisi
Quoting: skaplonNetwork with a Realtek card
Got so many problems with realtek, from plain not working to slow as molasses so many times on linux
Off course they have testing and making sure this one is good but is hard to get away from recent bad experience with it
I Never had a single problem with realtek network cards on linux.

You got lucky then. Lookup RTL8139 linux problems on you favourite search engine
Weird, as I am pretty sure that very model has worked for a very long time! In fact I think network cards (non-wireless) probably have the best support under Linux than any other kind of hardware. For pretty obvious reasons.
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