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  • Intel Laptop Driver Improvements Slated For Linux 4.12: Lenovo, Dell, Fujitsu, Etc

    Phoronix: Intel Laptop Driver Improvements Slated For Linux 4.12: Lenovo, Dell, Fujitsu, Etc

    The platform-drivers-x86 updates were submitted this afternoon for the Linux 4.12 kernel and it's on the heavier side with a lot of new material for benefiting Intel-powered laptops/ultrabooks...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...ux-4.12-Boosts

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    Ability to disable//enable 3G/LTE on modern Dell devices would be nice.

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    • #3
      The thinkpad_acpi driver was updated with mappings for new hotkeys.
      LOL, the first thing I did was to disable the hot keys, in BIOS. I was a bit surprised they even worked in Linux, in the first place.

      Actually, it only defaults them back to the F1-F12 keys. You can still hit the modifier if you want push-button volume control, for instance.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by coder View Post
        LOL, the first thing I did was to disable the hot keys, in BIOS. I was a bit surprised they even worked in Linux, in the first place.

        Actually, it only defaults them back to the F1-F12 keys. You can still hit the modifier if you want push-button volume control, for instance.
        I don't really care whether they worked in Linux or not, since my laptops are always muted 99.999% of the time regardless of the operating system I'm on. All those notification alerts, bells and dialog alerts are really annoying when I'm trying to focus on my work.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Sonadow View Post
          All those notification alerts, bells and dialog alerts are really annoying when I'm trying to focus on my work.
          Well, yes. I could never forgive the sub-genius who thought it was a good idea for computers to throw noises in our faces, all day. I was just using the volume-control keys as an example.

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          • #6
            The Dell XPS 13 with Infinity Edge screen is sexy.

            I want a laptop that can be charged over USB Type-C.
            No more proprietary or non-standard connectors or chargers please.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by uid313 View Post
              The Dell XPS 13 with Infinity Edge screen is sexy.

              I want a laptop that can be charged over USB Type-C.
              No more proprietary or non-standard connectors or chargers please.
              I actually thought at one stage, when I had first heard (and saw the piccies) about the latest USB, that it was going to be a convergence format. Include everything like power inputs and video-outputs. It's something I've dreamed about ever since docking stations, and judging by Dell's offerings, their docking stations, suing Type-C are doing this. And in an open manner as well.

              The option is there I guess for a lot of cool and unsual things for Type-C, as the wiring diagrammes allowed for some future proofing for the crazy idea's, but I wonder if it could be wired in to the charging system internally.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                I want a laptop that can be charged over USB Type-C.
                Google's Pixel C was probably first to feature this. I'm 99% sure my Thinkpad 13 can do it.

                Originally posted by stiiixy View Post
                Include everything like power inputs and video-outputs. It's something I've dreamed about ever since docking stations,
                Doesn't video over USB 3 have some compromises, like compression or not using the host's GPU? I've read things to that effect.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by coder View Post
                  Doesn't video over USB 3 have some compromises, like compression or not using the host's GPU? I've read things to that effect.
                  Thunderbolt 3 uses USB Type-C connectors and it can have multiple protocols so you can run DisplayPort over that.

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                  • #10
                    So the options are there. If you lock your self to Intel. I'm planning on Raven Ridge personally for the obvious reasons.

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