What is this 2.2kg? We all know it should be 0.2529 adult badgers
I don't know whats the point of having standards if no one uses them.... <mutter mutter>
Tuxedo Computers offers an unusual machine: a Linux-based laptop with, of all things, a mechanical keyboard. The Bavaria-based company offers a range of guaranteed Linux-compatible laptops (and a few desktops, which tend to be a bit easier in compatibility terms: it's easier to swap bits in and out 'til it all works). We …
-> Out of curiosity, we also tried FreeBSD 13.1, but it was unable to see either wired or wireless network adaptors.
According to the specs the ethernet adapter is a Realtek RTL8125BG. There is a FreeBSD package/port for this. I don't know why this is not included with stock FreeBSD.
WiFi, dunno. May or may not work with the CURRENT branch of FreeBSD.
We threw various OSes at it to see which would stick.
Is there a valid reason for Linux Devuan not being on that list?
Save BSD, the OSs on the list all use systemd.
Why not Devuan, it is also Debian based but does not use the systemd virus for init.
I'm quite sure it would stick. 8^)
Sorry for the delay on this -- I took my first proper holiday of the year, and since then time has been scant.
I tried 2 systemd-free distros on the machine: Devuan 4.0.2 and MX Linux 21.2.2 advanced-hardware version.
Devuan installed fine, although I swear that the installer gets worse with every release. However it is unable to see the system's wifi adapter, only the onboard Ethernet.
MX Linux installed perfectly, and offered me the choice of using the ATI integrated graphics or the discrete nVidia ones. I got a blank screen if I picked nVidia, so I tried again with ATI and it worked flawlessly. I then added the nVidia drivers Bumblebee and Primus, and switching seems to work fine.
I am happy to report that the machine feels even quicker under MX Linux. It verily shifts like organic fertiliser off a shovel.
I installed with kernel 5.18 and it works perfectly. Post update the keyboard illumination works too.
Kernel 5.19 installed fine and boots, but the keyboard no longer works at all, as with Fedora and Tumbleweed with kernel 6. So I couldn't even log in to troubleshoot it. I am sure this will be fixed soon, if it hasn't already.
I did not think that systemd would cause any compatibility issues at all, and indeed, as far as I can see, it did not.
I hope that helps, and I will try to include at least one systemd-free distro in future compatibility testing. :-)
To beat the feel of an X200 (I own a much abused x200t variant) keyboard - for such a relatively small machine, it's keyboard has no right been that stiff, pleasent sounding or comfortable to type on...
It's still my goto machine for non-work related long typing (and this is from someone with 3 different mechanical keyboards about the house/work desk).