LWDW 345: Chromebooks from Framework and AMD Hotness

Chromebooks from Framework, Intel Arc GPU pricing, new AMD hotness, and non-code contributions to open-source projects.


00:00 Intro
05:40 Ryzen 7600X and 7950X
09:45 Intel announces Arc A770
16:45 Framework Chromebook
22:00 Non-Code Contributions to Open Source
33:20 DIY Pi drone resources

AMD hotness


  • The 7000 series in the new hotness from AMD. 
  • These little guys can happily run at 90C, a temperature that would signal cooling failure on the previous gen. 
  • Will this be the first CPU a Hyper 212 can’t handle? 
  • AMD also says that it plans to include an “Eco Mode” 
  • A 105 W CPU will drop to a 65 W TDP, and a 170 W processor will drop to a 105 W TDP.
  • The first ones out of the gate are the 7950X $699 and the 7600X $299.
  • Maintains compatibility with the AM4-based CPU cooler you’re already using.
    • This will require the use of a shim for height. 
  • The Ryzen 7000 series also come with IGPUs, which are not as powerful as their APUs, but are good for light work and light gaming.
  • This is actually quite convenient to test out a new system without a GPU, or to use the new Ryzen’s for server side. 

Arc Alchemist Desktop GPUs are finally here!!


  • Intel has finally announced it’s Arc Alchemist Desktop graphics card, the Arc A770 Limited Edition GPU.
  • It is the flagship of the Arc Alchemist desktop series, which will launch on October 12th.
  • The A770 features a full ACM-G10 GPU with 32 Xe-Cores and either 8GB or 16GB memory.
  • At Intel Innovation, Intel CEO confirms that the A770 will cost $329.
  • Intel, take my money $$$!!  I want the 16GB version.
  • And Intel GPUs are one of the best open source options for the Linux community!
  • Even Linus Torvalds himself was present on stage for the announcement, and that is rare indeed!
  • Intel got medieval with the pricing at $329.
  • If that’s for the 16GB model. 
  • If that’s for the 8GB they are in trouble. 
  • All of the Intel benchmarks look like Intel benchmarks so they are worthless. 
  • This guy is supposed to trade blows with the two year old 3060 non Ti. 
  • A card you can buy used on eBay for under $300. 
  • Wait for the November 3 RDNA3 announcement. 

Framework Chromebook



  • Google must have cut them a cheque. 
  • Not going to hate on it since it’s the only Chromebook I would buy.
  • Why? Because you can upgrade the little bugger. 
  • I’m not a fan of disposable hardware. 
  • Do you want a Chromebook that you can play Steam games on?
  • Well, then, the new Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition is a great option.
  • Yes, the company Framework, well known for its modular, sustainable and upgradeable laptops has teamed up with Google to bring you ChromeOS on a laptop.
  • The Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition specs:
    • 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1240P processor with 4+8 CPU cores
    • 8GB Memory, which is upgradeable of course!
    • Iris Xe Graphic
    • 256GB Storage
  • The laptop is up for pre-order starting at $999 for US and Canada only, with shipments expected to begin in early December.
  • Framework, make me an upgradeable tablet. 

Non-Code Contributions to Open Source


  • It’s good to drag this out every now and again. 
  • You don’t have to be a developer in order to help open-source projects or Linux in general. 
  • Contributing documentation, translations, and bug reports are things you can help projects with. 
  • Writing, fixing, and polishing the install guides is a big one for me. 
  • It’s something I have been publicly doing for the last twelve years. 
  • More than one github repo links back to Linuxgamecast.
  • It’s not sexy work and you will never become YouTube famous for it but it needs to be done. 
  • Another thing you can do is show people how you use the project in your workflow. 
  • Write good bug reports with developer empathy in mind. 
  • If you’re going to be a cheerleader, be an honest one. 
  • E.g. Don’t blindly say GIMP does everything PS does or that KDEnlive does everything Resolve does. 
  • You don’t want to set false expectations. 
  • There are so many ways you can contribute to open source without contributing to code.
  • This article is very thoughtful and thorough with ideas on ways to contribute.
    • Documentation
    • Art
    • Alpha and Beta testing
    • Mentoring
    • Writing articles and tutorials, and making YouTube tutorials like Venn does.
    • Advocating and advertising, letting users know about your project.
      • As video podcasters me and Venn do that here weekly on LWDW.

Slice of Pi

ButterPi in the Sky 


  • I’ve somehow managed to not buy a drone and that’s for the best. 
  • However, if you are into DIY aerial shenanigans this is a good place to get started. 
  • This covers the components needed to make a RasPi drone. 
  • Batteries, motors, frames, GPS, propellers, remotes and cameras. 
  • Everything you need to have a couple of hundred dollars worth of tech crash

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