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Linux vendor System76 releases the Pangolin, a full AMD laptop
17 March 2021 at 2:44 am UTC

Quoting: sgtnasty369Does anyone know if its easy to replace/swap out the M.2 SSD? Are there extra bays for more cards?

Yes. System76 actually shows an open picture of it, and says how easy it is to access the common internals to replace if desired.

QuoteThe Pangolin leaves you budget to spare on upgrades—now or in the future. Our laptops’ guts are fully accessible! Equip your AMD-powered laptop with up to 64GB of RAM and up to 2TB of NVMe storage.

System76 announce the AMD powered Pangolin with Ryzen and Radeon
5 December 2020 at 12:35 am UTC

Quoting: PublicNuisanceHopefully they use Coreboot.

I hope so too. I think that Coreboot first has to be updated to support it. But once supported, I hope they switch to it. They did with several other of their laptops, well after they first launched. So I'm hopeful they will here as well.

I plan to upgrade my aging Dell Latitude and its dual-core i7-5600U, that has to have its fan kick up any time it boosts, which is pretty much anytime I use it as its GPU is basically being maxed running my dual 1440p displays and playing a web video. I would love a System76 machine with AMD hardware, but I just wish it was a 14" chassis. 15" is just bigger than I want. I found 14" the perfect size. The E7250 which is 12" is too small as well, especially since it has huge bezels.

System76 announce the AMD powered Pangolin with Ryzen and Radeon
5 December 2020 at 12:20 am UTC

Quoting: iiariAs a S76 owner, I was disappointed in the battery size too, considering the early reviews have indicated the AMD chips battery life is a bit less than their Intel counterparts. Doubly disappointed considering that S76's reputation (Lemur Pro excepted) has long been that their battery life is often left wanting. I wonder if there is an expansion port here that'll take another battery... And am I reading it right that there's 3 USB A ports and 1 USB C? What chassis from what year is this?

Also, as I've posted elsewhere, I can't go back to a 16:9 screen. Here's hoping the next X1 Carbon Thinkpad likely upcoming this Feb/March will have 16:10 screen and be purchased preinstalled with Linux!

Definitely exciting to see S76 enter the AMD space, though, and hopeful of having my next desktop be a Thelio that's all AMD.

From what I've read, the latest AMD mobile chips, are on par or more efficient than Intel's 10th and 11th gen chips. AMD's previous generation Ryzen mobile chips were less efficient than Intel, but the 4000 series is on par or better in most cases, while typically giving better performance as well.

NVIDIA delays launch of GeForce RTX 3070 until end of October
5 October 2020 at 5:18 pm UTC Likes: 1

Postponing to the day after AMD announces their new products can't be a coincidence. I think they are not confident, and don't want to release the product which might be completely outmatched by what AMD launches.

Ampere has been a huge disappointment (though not quite as much as Turing). I think they are now playing it safe, and don't want to have to drop the 3070 price a month after launch to match AMD, and release a SUPER model at its original price. They want to price it comparably from the start.

Intel's dedicated gaming GPU releases in 2021, plus 10nm SuperFin is coming
14 August 2020 at 3:01 pm UTC Likes: 1

Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: lejimsterSome analysts believe the future of the desktop is in ARM. I'm not so convinced.

I'm not convinced either. ARM doesn't have anything to offer for the desktop that would make it more attractive than x86_64. That said, I wouldn't mind some new architecture to be available as an alternative to x86_64. But not ARM, especially if it's going to be owned by Nvidia.

RISC-V is the future. It will topple both ARM and x86 as the dominant architecture. A lot of big names already use it for making their own chips, like Western Digital.

We're giving away two copies of 3dSen PC
25 June 2020 at 1:16 am UTC

I would love a copy. Looks so cool!

Codemasters have announced DIRT 5 and it will be available on Stadia in early 2021
7 May 2020 at 11:25 pm UTC

I enjoyed Dirt 3, Dirt Showdown, Dirt Rally and Dirt 4. If Dirt 5 is a bit more like Dirt Showdown and Dirt 3, I am fine with that. The Dirt Rally series has become the series for the more sim serious drivers. The other can be for the more casual gamer, who just want a fun driving game (not saying Dirt Rally isn't fun).

The 'GameMode' performance tool from Feral Interactive makes it into Ubuntu 20.04
21 April 2020 at 9:38 pm UTC

Quoting: no_information_hereHmm. I almost exclusively play with the steam controller and have only ever had proton games start the screensaver. That seems to have been fixed for a while, though. Is the screensaver still a problem for many people?

Not for me, but that is because all my games launch with GameMode, and it disables the screensaver.

The 'GameMode' performance tool from Feral Interactive makes it into Ubuntu 20.04
19 April 2020 at 7:12 pm UTC Likes: 1

This is awesome! I do need to report a bug I am running into with Gamemode. When I activate it for Metro 2033 REDUX, the games frame rates drop into single digits, which is odd as that is against the whole reason for Gamemode.

Quoting: no_information_hereInteresting. Nice to see Feral's work get pulled into the official OS.

I am curious, as someone who has never used the daemon: Does anyone here use this much? Are there any non-Feral games you have found that benefit significantly from GameMode?

I use Gamemode on every fullscreen game, Feral based or not. It helps to prevent any FPS drops that are just below desired levels.

How-to: upscale old games on Linux
12 April 2020 at 2:53 pm UTC

Quoting: jkaart
Quoting: GuestI remember this game. Time flies.
Yes! I was about 15y old when I first time played that game in school computer which had Windows XP! :D
Year was 2001.

Windows XP! I'm pretty sure I played this back on Windows 95...so many hours my brothers and I put into this game.

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