Tuxedo Computers is releasing 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 the Windows default. Of course, you can just buy a Windows laptop and hope everything works. This means paying for an OS you don’t want and accepting the risk that certain things won’t work when running a Linux OS, have no drivers, etc.
The PC manufacturer may not accept such incompatibilities as grounds for return, and in any case, by the time you discover them, you may have deleted or modified the preloaded operating system and anyway cannot return the machine.
One solution is to buy a machine with Linux pre-installed. In the US, System76 is well established and will ship internationally. Less known in the Anglosphere is the German seller tuxedo computers, which is one of the main players in this market in Europe. It offers a variety of models, from smaller 14-inch ultraportables to 17-inch powerhouses.
New G2 pulse The model is Tuxedo’s portable workstation, with a 15-inch HiDPI display.
It has an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U CPU, with eight cores and 16 threads. The GPU is a processor-integrated Radeon RX Vega 8, with eight cores running at up to 1900 MHz. Tuxedo increased CPU performance by installing two cooling fans, allowing them to overclock the chip and run it at 35W. These are reasonable performance upgrades from the 2020 first-gen device, which had a Ryzen 7 4800H. The 15-inch HiDPI display runs at 2560×1440, compared to the previous model’s 1920×1080.
Tuxedo offers a choice of preinstalled distributions, including its own Tuxedo operating system, based on the current 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 that it calls WebFAI, which you can download and try for yourself. It also offers an automatic driver installation tool called Tomato.
One of the few restrictions is that since installs are automatic, you can’t choose custom disk partitioning – you get their standard installation. However, with the assurance that the machines are known for Linux compatibility, nuk the preloaded OS and reinstall if you want a separate system
/home volume is less stressful.
Of course, other providers are available. Some of the multinational computer vendors will preload certain models with Linux, and there are several Linux laptop listings sellerssuch as LinuxPreloaded. Bargain material also sells a range of budget retrofit kits and offers installation of Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora or FreeBSD as options.
If just being preloaded with Linux isn’t free enough for you, the Ministry of Liberty will sell you a refurbished ThinkPad with FOSS firmware. ®