Linux On The L33t Desk

Framework’s Laptop 13 gets a Core Ultra upgrade, professional graphic design on Debian without Wayland, and poking the HP EliteDesk 705 G4 Mini with a Linux stick.


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00:00 Intro
05:49 MARIAN Linux drivers
07:33 Framework Ultra laptops
11:09 Linux on the EliteDesk Mini
19:51 Professional graphicing with Debian 12

Graphic Debian

  • We all know Debian 12 is the best distribution created in the history of ever, right?
  • Turns out, I’m not the only one aware of this.
  • David did a nice little writeup on how he arts with Debian 12.
  • He was originally using Fedora KDE spin but had to nope it due to regressions. 
  • Those regressions? 
  1. Wayland 
  2. Wayland
  3. Wayland
  • The universal command line interface xsetwacom no longer works and now each DM has to come up with their own config utility. 
  • Same goes for Color Management utilities. 
  • Krita runs like but on Wayland but it’s buggy and has issues with colour management. 
  • David goes on to explain how he configures his desktop for professional pixel manipulation. 
  • Don’t worry, it’s way less psychotic than my guide for Pro audio on Debian. 
  • I spend my time in Reaper, Davinci Resolve, OBS, and GIMP. 
  • That means no Wayland and no PipeWire. 

Framework 13 updates

  • The wonderful company Framework Computer has released a new version of their popular Framework 13 inch screen laptop, the new Framework Laptop 13 with Intel Core Ultra Series 1 processors.
  • The modular, sustainable, repairable and upgradable Framework Laptop 13 has several new features available:
    • Including new Intel Meteor Lake Core Ultra processors with Intel Arc dedicated GPUs
      • Which also supports up to 96 GB of DDR5 memory
    • A new 13.5 inch matte finish display with a higher 2880×1920 resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate
      • It has variable refresh rate support
      • And better Linux support with the 2880×1920 resolution with 2:1 display scaling
    • For us Linux users a special treat, a “super” key option in the place of the Windows logo when configuring an English International keyboard
    • A new 9.2-megapixel front-facing webcam module with low-noise microphones
    • And lower prices for the AMD Ryzen 7000 and 13th-gen Intel editions of the laptop 
  • Also, there are new configurations of the AMD Ryzen 7040 Series laptops that have the new display, webcam, and a high-capacity 61Wh battery.
  • Prices start at $899 for a pre-built or DIY model, or $449 for a motherboard that can be used to upgrade an existing system.
  • Pre-orders are available now, with shipments starting this August.

EliteDesk Mini vs Linux

  • An AMD Ryzen 5 2400G CPU costs $135 new in 2024. 
  • For $10 less you can get one with an entire PC attached to it. 
  • That’s just one of the things that makes the HP EliteDesk 705 G4 Mini special. 
  • 4 cores, 8 threads, Vega integrated graphics, 8GB of DDR4 memory, and a 250GB solid-state drive for around $120. 
  • Thanks Windows 11, or at least that’s the feedback I’ve been getting on social media. 
  • Companies are dumping them and the used market is flooded. 
  • Originally $700+, they typically go for $280/300 used so if you’re in the market ya better act now. 
  • The second a homelab, media centre, retro gaming YouTuber makes a video these things will go poof and the price will creep back up. 
  • Grab a new fan and some extra RAM. 
  • Wi-fi and audio all work out of the box. 
  • Uses around 12 watts at idle. 
  • Plays 4K video, works as a DAW, 2D gaming monster, and it’s X86 so no tinkering. 
  • All in a 2.5 Pi4 sized package. 
  • It’s what I bought instead of a Raspberry Pi 5.       
  • Nice Venn!
  • I went ahead and bought an extra fan, just in case like Venn said!
  • When I got mine a few weeks ago, I grabbed the nearest USB flash drive with Linux on it and installed it.
  • It is ticking along just fine with Linux Mint 21.3. 
  • And I was able to play one of my favourite games “Stray” at 720p 50fps.