Tuxedo Launches Second Generation Pulse Linux Laptop • The Register

Tuxedo Computers is launching a second generation of its high-end Pulse Linux laptop.

If you want to run Linux on a new PC, you have fewer options than if you want Windows’ default setup. Of course, you can also just buy a Windows laptop and hope everything works. This means that you are paying for an operating system that you don’t want and you run the risk that some things will not work if you run a Linux operating system, have no drivers and so on.

The PC manufacturer may not accept such incompatibilities as a reason for return, and in any case, if you discover them, you may have removed or modified the pre-installed operating system and cannot return the device anyway.

One answer is to buy a machine with Linux preinstalled. System76 is well established in the US and ships internationally. Less known in the Anglo-Saxon world is the German provider Tuxedo Computers, one of the main players in this market in Europe. It has a variety of models, from smaller 14-inch ultraportables to 17-inch powerhouses.

The new Pulse G2 model is Tuxedo’s portable workstation with a 15-inch HiDPI screen.

It has an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U CPU with eight cores and 16 threads. The GPU is a CPU-integrated Radeon RX Vega 8 with eight cores running at up to 1900MHz. Tuxedo has boosted the performance of the CPU by incorporating dual fans that allow them to overclock the chip and run it at 35W. These are reasonable performance gains over the 2020 first-gen device, which had a Ryzen 7 4800H. The 15-inch HiDPI screen runs at 2560×1440, compared to the previous model’s 1920×1080.

Tuxedo 15 Pulse G2

Tuxedo 15 Pulse G2

Tuxedo offers a choice of preinstalled distributions, including its own Tuxedo operating system, based on the latest Ubuntu LTS with the KDE desktop, but customers can also choose standard Ubuntu (including Xubuntu, Kubuntu and Ubuntu MATE), openSUSE or ElementaryOS. The company offers an automated installer called WebFAI that you can download and try for yourself. It also offers an automatic driver installation tool called Tomte.

One of the few limitations is that due to the automatic installation, you can’t choose custom disk partitioning – you get their default installation. With the knowledge that the machines are known for Linux compatibility, you can delete the pre-installed operating system and reinstall yourself if you want a separate one /home Volume is less nerve wracking.

Of course there are other providers too. Some of the multinational computer vendors preload certain models with Linux, and there are several listings of Linux laptop vendors such as: B. LinuxPreloaded. Bargain Hardware also sells a range of budget refurb kits and offers the option of installing Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, or FreeBSD.

If just preinstalling Linux for free isn’t enough for you, the Ministry of Liberty will sell you a refurbished ThinkPad with newly flashed FOSS firmware. ® Tuxedo Launches Second Generation Pulse Linux Laptop • The Register

Chrissy Callahan

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