Can you buy a Windows laptop and replace Microsoft's operating system with a Linux distribution? Sure, but you shouldn't have to. Look, folks, in 2022 you should be supporting the open source community by purchasing computers with Linux pre-installed. Even if it costs you a few bucks more, it will be worth it for the community overall.
Today, the latest Linux laptop is released, and it looks like a beast. You see, the 4th generation Kubuntu Focus M2 Linux laptop is powered by a bleeding-edge 12th gen Intel Core i7 processor. The company claims this chip will increase performance by 20 percent compared to the 3rd generation of the notebook. And yes, it comes with the latest-and-greatest Kubuntu 22.04 LTS pre-loaded.
Today we get some very exciting news for the Linux gaming community. And yes, smart aleck, people do play video games on Linux these days. What is the big news? Canonical has released an early-access snap version of Steam for Ubuntu and other compatible Linux-based operating systems!
What exactly does this mean? Well, Canonical is aiming to make it even easier to get Steam up-and-running on Linux. Gamers will be able to install Valve's software from the snap store for a more elegant experience.
When you are a computer-builder, there are peaks and valleys when it comes to excitement about PC components. What do I mean by this? Well, sometimes you are building machines with cutting edge parts as an early adopter, while other times you are using ho-hum components that have been around a while. For instance, we have been using DDR4 memory for about seven years now. It is time to move on.
Thankfully, the age of DDR5 is finally here. After dealing with DDR4 for so many years now, we will soon see many PCs with DDR5 memory inside. One of the companies leading this industry shift is PATRIOT, and today, that company begins selling the 6200MHz variants of its VIPER VENOM DDR5 32GB (16GB x2) RAM kits.
Solid state drives continue to get faster, with many new computers supporting the PCIe 4.0 standard. If you have such a cutting-edge PC, you will probably want to get a PCIe 4.0 SSD to maximize your performance. Is it largely for bragging rights and benchmarks? Yeah, arguably, but if you can afford it, you might as well go for a PCIe 4.0 drive. The price shouldn't be that much more than a PCIe 3.0 SSD.
Today, KIOXIA unveils its latest PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid state drive. Called "XG8," the SSD will be offered in your choice of four capacities -- 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB. Of course, this solid state drive can be used in both desktop and laptop computers.
Portable solid state drives are a great way to store data. Not only are they fast, but because they don't have moving parts, they are more durable than external mechanical hard drives too.
But what if you want a portable SSD that you can really abuse? Well, the Samsung T7 Shield is a durable USB-C SSD you can beat the crap out of. Don't misunderstand, you shouldn't purposely try to damage the small (88 x 59 x 13mm) drive, but Samsung says you can drop it from nearly 10 feet without worry. That means it will likely survive falling from a regulation basketball rim. But no, you shouldn't intentionally slam dunk it.
Ubuntu is a great operating system -- and so are the many Linux distributions that are based on it. Quite frankly, you really can't go wrong by choosing any Ubuntu-based distro. With that said, there is one Ubuntu-based operating system in particular that really takes things to another level -- Pop!_OS by System76.
System76's operating system focuses more on the user experience, making it a superior desktop distribution compared to "regular" Ubuntu. Following the release of Ubuntu 22.04, today, Pop!_OS 22.04 becomes available as well, and yes, you should be excited. The distribution uses Linux kernel 5.16.19, Mesa 22, and the GNOME 42 desktop environment (with System76's COSMIC UX enhancements).
Now that Ubuntu 22.04 has been released, we will start to see updates to all the Linux distributions that are based on Canonical's operating system. For instance, the first release candidate of Linux Lite 6.0, which is based on Ubuntu 22.04, is now available. If you aren't familiar, Linux Lite is very popular with those that are switching to Linux from Microsoft Windows.
Linux Lite 6.0 RC1 is notable for ditching Mozilla Firefox as the default web browser, and switching to Google Chrome 100 instead. The operating system currently uses Linux kernel 5.15.0-25 and the desktop environment Xfce 4.16.3. It comes with some excellent software pre-installed, such as GIMP 2.10.30, Thunderbird 91.7.0, VLC 3.0.16, and LibreOffice 220.127.116.11.
So, you bought a 2021 MacBook Pro and now you want to upgrade the storage, eh? Unfortunately, the solid state drive is soldered in and cannot be replaced. Sucks to be you! True, you can always plug in a USB flash drive or traditional SD card to increase overall storage capacity, but that is hardly an elegant solution. Hell, the ports can be damaged if the drive or card get hit or snagged.
Thankfully, a product from Transcend will allow you to use the SD card reader to expand your 2021 MacBook Pro's storage without having anything sticking out of the port. Called "JetDrive Lite 330," it is essentially a specially-sized SD card that will sit flush with the side of your MacBook Pro. Best of all, it is offered in a top capacity of 1TB.
The developers over at Canonical have been busy baking a yummy new version of Ubuntu recently, and following a brief beta period, it is finally time to take the open-source operating system out of the oven. Yes, folks, the stable Ubuntu 22.04 is finally here!
Code-named "Jammy Jellyfish," Ubuntu 22.04 is an "LTS" version, which stands for "Long Term Support." Yeah, that means exactly what it sounds like. The Linux distribution will be supported for a long time -- five years to be exact. Very nice.
Would you rather have a computer mouse that is ergonomically correct or one that is good for the Earth? If you are like me, that is a very hard question to answer. Thankfully a new mouse from Logitech addresses both issues -- it is designed for both a healthy wrist and planet!
Called "Lift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse," it is available in two models -- one for right-handed users and one for lefties. The right-handed version of the wireless optical mouse can be had in your choice of three colors -- graphite (black), rose (pink), and off-white, while the lefty variant is limited to graphite. The mouse is partially made of post-consumer recycled plastic, the percentage of which varies by color.
Last month, Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 5 was released to the world. Code-named "Elsie," many fans of the operating system probably did a fresh install right away. Understandably, however, some users are still running the previous version of the distribution, LMDE 4 "Debbie."
If your computer is still running Debbie, but you want to easily move onto Elsie, I have some great news. Today, the Linux Mint developers officially release the new LMDE Upgrade Tool in Beta. It is important to note this tool is only to be used with LMDE at this time, and not the "regular" Ubuntu-based Linux Mint.
If you need to buy a new Chrome OS laptop, I have some exciting news. Starting today, you can trade your money for the all-new Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 360. This convertible notebook can transform into a makeshift tablet, and with Android app support, that will be very much appreciated.
While the Galaxy Chromebook 2 360 is powered by a rather anemic Intel Celeron N4500 processor, you can opt for a respectable 8GB of RAM rather than the 4GB of memory that comes with the base model. Sadly, regardless of which storage capacity you choose -- 64GB or 128GB -- you only get a sluggish eMMC drive. Thankfully, you do get USB-A, USB-C, 3.5mm audio, and a micro SD card reader. You can configure with option LTE wireless connectivity too.
Working from home is pretty great -- as long as you have the right gear. While you technically can get work done from your kitchen table, for instance, a proper desk will obviously be preferred. Also, while you can raise your monitor by stacking some cereal boxes under it, an actual monitor riser looks much nicer.
Thankfully, quality accessories don't have to break the bank. For example, today, Satechi launches two premium products that can be used for work (or fun) -- the Dual Vertical Stand and the 8K UHD HDMI 2.1 cable. The stand will prop up two mobile devices at once -- laptops, tablets, or smartphones. It will allow you to save desk space in an elegant way. The 2 meter (6.5 feet) 8K UHD HDMI cable can handle high-end resolutions and refresh rates, such as [email protected] and [email protected]
Solid state drives make wonderful internal boot drives for computers, but they are great options for external storage too. Not only are they smaller than mechanical hard disk drives, but they use less power and are much quicker as well. Quite frankly, if you are someone that needs to transport data on a portable drive, you'd be crazy to still use a HDD with moving parts.
Today, ADATA launches its latest portable solid state drive. Called "ELITE SE880," the tiny SSD offers very fast speeds thanks to its USB 3.2 Gen2 x2 interface. The drive has a USB-C port and ships with both a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB-A cable. In other words, it can be used with any modern computer -- whether it has a USB Type-C port or not.
Wi-Fi 6E is the latest and greatest wireless networking standard. It is special because it uses the less-crowded 6GHz band for a reduction in interference. If you already utilizing regular Wi-Fi 6, the upgrade to Wi-Fi 6E probably isn't worth it. If you are still on 802.11ac or earlier, however, Wi-Fi 6E is absolutely worth your attention.
Today, TP-Link launches a new product that combines Wi-Fi 6E with mesh networking. Called Deco XE75 (AXE5400), it comes with two access points that each utilize tri-band connectivity. Best of all, despite being fairly bleeding-edge, it is surprisingly affordable.